Minimalism is a term that may sound a bit extreme. Decluttering your home doesn't sound quite as far-fetched. It doesn't have to be complicated. Your home is an extension of you. Think of it this way: being around people you like makes you happy. Having a job you care about makes you happy. It's no different with the objects in your home.
No matter how big or small your living space is, take a look around and ask yourself, do the objects around you make you feel happy and light? Or do they make you feel heavy and depressed? Touch each object, look at it and feel it. Tune in and decide whether you feel mostly positive or negative about each one. If you can't tell right away, take a few moments to really listen to your gut - the feeling in the pit of your stomach, not in your head. Objects may be inanimate, but they certainly each hold some emotional value and carry some weight because of what they are associated with.
If you feel negative or frustrated about your living space, it might be time to consider paring down your belongings, and begin eliminating some of the clutter. Spring is the perfect season for this. 'Tis the season of birth, growth & change.
Say goodbye to the old toaster, the pants that don't fit, the teddy bear, the stacks of papers. Let go of old books, movies, gifts from friends and family that you feel guilty about not using. Donate or repurpose decorations that no longer represent who you are. Each of these things is taking up space in your home, and in your mind.
We all deserve to feel happy, peaceful, and positive about our living space. You shouldn't surround yourself with things that weigh you down with sad memories or guilty feelings. It's okay to let go of things you don't need or want in your life anymore. To declutter is to lighten up both your inner and outer realm. To take this further, your home should ideally represent who you are now, not in the past, and should be a reflection of the present moment. Your home has the potential to make you happy, joyful, and inspired!
As you might have guessed, I have been influenced by Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It is a delightful book that for me, truly was life-changing. I would highly recommend this book because it will give you clear direction and the tools you need to begin the process. Kondo clarifies the pragmatic details of keeping a clean home and lifestyle, while touching upon some fascinating psychological discussion about what it means to possess and to let go of objects.