A primary benefit of the Dot Com lifestyle is getting to choose your work environment.
While it can be anywhere in the world you choose, most of the time, it’s going to be your humble abode.
Part of running an efficient business is keeping a sleek workplace. The logical extension for entrepreneurs who work at home, then, is to maintain your surroundings in an orderly fashion.
Your stuff may define you, but don’t let it dominate you.
Here are 15 tips you might want to consider:
1. Purge, don’t organize.
Organizing now means reorganizing later, again and again and again.
If you haven’t touched an item in six months, toss it or re-home it. Just don’t store it.
2. Consider your reduceables.
Sure, you’ll never toss all your towels, but do you need a dozen or two?
What about your five mixing bowls and three butcher knives?
3. Stop bargain hunting.
Buy what you need — and only what you need — when you need it.
Just because it’s nice and on sale doesn’t mean it has to be yours right then and there.
4. Re-purpose your time.
The average American spends 8 hours a week cleaning and dealing with stuff.
Time spent purging your clutter will reappear as leisure time down the road.
5. Use it or lose it.
Give your wardrobe a minimal overhaul and discover less stress getting dressed and lots of time saved on laundry.
6. Start small.
Looking at piles upon piles of stuff and wondering where to begin?
Try anywhere. Grab a box, open a drawer and start evaluating.
7. Look to the future.
When considering adding possessions, try to picture the item in your home six months from now.
You’ll generally find that you can skip it.
8. Do it now.
Never leave for later what you could sort now.
And if you stray from that philosophy, never pass an object in need of a home, especially if that home is the garbage.
9. Keep your counters clear.
If it doesn’t fit in a cabinet, ask yourself if you use it often enough to warrant looking at it every day.
I’m looking at you, juicer.
10. Dream in color.
While neutrals and grey tones are a hallmark of the minimalist movement, there’s no rulebook.
11. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
12. Replace rather than increase.
13. Make a minimalist wish list.
Rather than spending your money on things, consider investing in experiences or services that will enrich your life without cluttering your home.
14. Don’t let consumption consume you.
One can furnish a home very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in. — Francis Jourdain
15. Omit needless things.
The principle comes from Elements of Style co-author William Strunk Jr and can be beautifully applied to all aspects of life.