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6 Perspective Shifts to Help You Simplify & Streamline Your Home

6 Perspective Shifts to Help You Simplify & Streamline Your Home

Sometimes when you’re working to simplify and streamline your home, the most impactful changes come from shifting your perspective. Adjusting the way you think about “stuff”, habits and previous patterns to help you make progress in simplifying your home.

The more you can shift your perspective, the easier it is to let go of the clutter, the excess and the distractions. Embracing new ways of thinking can help simplify and streamline your home to create a calmer home you love spending time in.

In today’s post, I want to share 6 powerful perspective shifts that can help you simplify and streamline your home. These are practical shifts you can make to embrace a simpler home and life, where you can focus on what truly matters most to you.

6 Perspective Shifts to Help You Simplify & Streamline Your Home

6 perspective shifts to help simplify & streamline your home

1. Rethink seasonal decorating

One really effective way to simplify and streamline your home is by doing less seasonal decorating. You don’t need to decorate for (and store decorations for) every season and/or holiday.

If it brings you joy to decorate for every season or holiday and you have space to store those decorations in your home, go for it. But if you’re looking for ways to simplify and streamline your home, limiting seasonal decorating is a great place to start.

In many cases, decorating for every season and holiday can lead to unnecessary clutter and expenses. You can celebrate a season or holiday without adding any extra décor to your home. Give yourself permission to simplify seasonal decorations if it’s something you feel like you “should” do, but doesn’t add any joy for you.

Consider adopting a more minimalist approach to seasonal decorations. It’s ok if you keep the same décor items up all year rather than changing them seasonally. Or choose versatile pieces that can easily transition from one season to the next. Decorate for some holidays or seasons, and skip others. Or decorate with natural items you don’t need to store from season to season, like flowers, plants, live garlands, pumpkins, etc.

The key is doing as much or as little seasonal decorating as works for you. Decorating if it adds joy to your life and skipping it if it just feels like you’re adding clutter.

2. Stop chasing home décor trends

Home décor trends come and go, sometimes quite quickly. Which can leave you with items that feel outdated and no longer resonate with your personal style. And can cause a lot of clutter in your home!

Rather than chase every trend, focus on creating a home that reflects your unique taste, life story and personality. Decorate with items that hold significance for you and tell a story about your life, rather than generic items that are trendy.

Aim to create a timeless home décor style that will stand the test of time because you love it, not because it’s trending at the moment. Cutting down on trendy décor is a great way to simplify and streamline your home. All while creating a home that reflects who you are as a person.

3. Embrace letting go of perfectly good items

It’s normal to feel hesitant to let go of items that are still in perfectly good condition. But holding onto things you don’t use or love, just because they’re still perfectly good, can quickly lead to clutter in your home.

If an item is no longer serving a purpose for you or bringing you joy, it’s not adding value to your life. Donate or sell those items to someone who will use and appreciate them. Freeing up valuable space in your home for what you do use and love. And giving those perfectly good items a new chance to be used and appreciated, instead of sitting in a closet somewhere.

Think of letting go of items you don’t use or love as a trade, not a loss. You’re trading something you don’t use or love for more time, more space and more peace.

4. Embrace empty space in your home

Sometimes you declutter a space, creating empty space in your home, only to take it as an invitation to fill that empty space up again with more stuff.

Learning to embrace empty space is key to simplifying and streamlining your home. Resist the urge to fill every space with furniture, décor, or “stuff” and focus on appreciating the breathing room you are creating.

Empty space can help your home look and feel more peaceful, open and tidy. And it can also help your spaces function better because it’s easier to find things and put them away when you’re done using them so mess doesn’t pile up.

Embracing empty space can take practice and time to get used to it. But just remember, just because you have the space, doesn’t mean you have to fill it with stuff!

5. Focus on quality over quantity

Another great way to simplify and streamline your home is by prioritizing quality over quantity. Invest in owning fewer, but better well-made, durable items that serve their purpose effectively, last for a long time and bring you joy.

For example, rather than owning multiple kitchen gadgets that each perform one or two functions, invest in a high-quality chef’s knife that can handle a variety of tasks with ease.

By having fewer, but better items, you’ll reduce clutter and create a home that functions well, without unnecessary clutter getting in the way.

6. Honour your clutter threshold

We all have a clutter threshold – the point at which our possessions begin to overwhelm us. It’s important to recognize and honour this threshold by setting boundaries for what you bring into and keep in your home.

Recognize what feels like the right amount for you, and what feels like too much, for all categories of items in your home. Consider if you’re willing to be stressed or overwhelmed to keep your stuff. Or if you would rather declutter, stay within your clutter threshold and make your life easier.

If any area of your home feels stressful, overwhelming or frustrating to manage, you might have exceeded your clutter threshold in that area. Don’t beat yourself up for not being able to handle it. Instead, honour your clutter threshold and simplify the space until it feels manageable to you.

It’s ok if you have a lower threshold for clutter. Knowing that is actually really valuable information. Make life easier for yourself and streamline your home by honouring your clutter threshold and keeping the amount of stuff in your home manageable.

For more about clutter thresholds and what that might look like for you, check out this post.

Perspective shifts to simplify and streamline your home

There are many perspective shifts you can make to simplify and streamline your home. These 6 I’ve shared with you today are all practical things you can do to embrace a simpler home and life and create a space that truly reflects your values and priorities.

I’d love to know, which of these perspective shifts resonates most with you? Which are the hardest for you to follow? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about it!

6 Perspective Shifts to Help You Simplify & Streamline Your Home

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Winter

Monday 6th of May 2024

I already limited the seasonal decorating, where the whole aim for an organized home is to be able to clean it without help. The second one resonating is to let go of good items, where donation centers will sort these out, although this is not about big volume items to hand in.

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 6th of May 2024

Thanks for reading :)

NATALIE K

Sunday 5th of May 2024

The hardest thing you said for me to do is getting rid of perfectly good things!! Buying less but Quality is the easiest thing for me and my husband to do!! I'm finally fine with the fact that I don't decorate for the seasons so much. I'm disabled and I just can't anymore!! I also must work on not filling up empty space in my Master Bedroom Closet!! Three years ago it was the first place I majorly decluttered and I spent thousands purchasing new clothing etc. to fill it back up!! You always have such wonderful doable ideas!! Thank you!!

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 6th of May 2024

I'm glad the post was helpful for you! It sounds like you're doing a good job of being intentional in your home! Thanks for reading :)

Karen

Sunday 5th of May 2024

Such a wonderful journey to be on. Thanks for keeping me focused.💚🍀

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 6th of May 2024

You're very welcome! Thanks for reading :)

Lilian Usher

Sunday 5th of May 2024

Hi Melissa… I think that no. 6 (honour your clutter threshold) has hit the nail on the head for me, today. After reading “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” a few weeks ago and signing up to your blog… that’s just it… I’ve finally reached my CLUTTER THRESHOLD!! I’m 66 (I’ve no children) and have been a serial hoarder bug all my life… looking around my bedroom at the clothes I actually wear (and there’s a lot as I’m really into fashion) I’ve nowhere to store them as the spare room is full, the cloakroom and, in the attic, there’s still clothes from my early twenties! My bedroom is full of boxes and a lot of clothes are hanging outside the wardrobe… I’m retired, so time to declutter is not a problem… I’ve just to get started!!! And yes I’ve read all your blogs on the difficulties with that. My husband is anticipating great things… he’s actually quite good at disgarding stuff, however, is very untidy and never leaves anything back ‘where it belongs’. Thanks for your amazing blogs… Lilian (I live in Northern Ireland)

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 6th of May 2024

Thanks for reading! It sounds like you've identified what you need to work on - that's great. Knowing where to focus your efforts can often be one of the hardest parts of getting started! Good luck as you declutter :)

Linda

Sunday 5th of May 2024

I really like your perspective shifts. My problem is getting rid of stuff. We live a half hour from a donation center and sometimes they don't take big items or what I am trying to get rid of. I live in a rural area and selling it online can be difficult. I think my problem is just getting rid of stuff in general. When I look at pictures you put up of decluttered homes, it brings me peace. I just need to get my husband on board of getting rid of alot of our stuff. Thank you for motivating me to keep decluttering and shifting my perspective. Linda D.

Simple Lionheart Life

Monday 6th of May 2024

I'm glad it was helpful for you and gave you some motivation! Thanks for reading :)

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