In the blog this week I would like to discuss minimizing and pairing down. This is in the same vein as spring cleaning but with more direct intention. While spring cleaning would involve an overall revamping of your home, pairing down is, in our minds here at Park West, more about simplifying specific spaces of your home with intention. As a reader, you may think this is splitting hairs, but hopefully after reading the below blog, you might feel differently.
Minimization is a trend that has become popular with online bloggers and personalities alike over the past few years. While many of these trends pan out to become just another fad of the times, I think that minimization is something that is worth keeping on the forefront of your mind.
At its core, minimization is all about pairing down. Finding items and tools in your home that you have multiple of, more than one person needs, and getting rid of them. The reason for this is to remove clutter, get rid of redundancies, and allow your mind room to breathe. This sounds intense and excessive, but I assure you it is not. When walking into a new client’s home for the first time, about 75% of the time, there is clutter. Not just the occasional extra item, but full blown clutter. Whether it’s extra kitchen “gadgets” *cough* air fryer *cough*, or an overly packed closet with 30+ pairs of shoes, extra items in your home are stealing space in your home and mind.
The kitchen is one of the greatest offenders in gadgets stealing your space. It seems that every month there’s a new item being pushed on Instagram to tackle one very specific need in your home. First it was crock pots, then insta pots, now air fryers. The reality is, unless you are using these tools once a week or more, they need to be put away, not highlighted on the pedestal that is your counter. The primary reason to put these items in cabinets, under the bed, storage units, literally anywhere but your counter is clutter. When you have a million items on your counter, your mind is flooded with information and it has to decipher what is what and where is what I am looking for, it takes more brain power to find what you need amongst the chaos. Simply put, clutter can make it difficult to get things done, to find what you need, and to live in an orderly and efficient manner.
28 forks for two people
Clutter of course is not limited to just your counter. A big pain point of the apartment my wife and I share is our utensil drawer. Part of the reason for the blog today is that we spent some time this weekend cleaning out our drawers. They were overrun with so many extra “things” that we didn’t need. Things being one-use items that seem to never be used but still claim real estate in an already tight apartment. These would be things like having 28 forks despite only two of us living here. Having 31 water glasses, again still just the two of us. A fruit cocktail knife, 13 take out utensil packs, two sets of steak knives, and on and on. Long story short, over time we either purchased or collected new items but never let go of any old. We just had so much stuff that it became suffocating (and hard to close the drawer!).
Pairing down, decluttering, minimizing. Whatever you would like to call it, there is power behind it. I cannot really explain how beneficial we both found it to rid ourselves of so much excess and donate what we don’t need to charity. This really did bring on an “Aha Feeling” in higher order than a plain house cleaning. Now there is no question I know where all my kitchen tools are, and I know everything in the drawer or on my counter has a purpose.
I challenge all of you reading this blog today to take inventory of what you have in your kitchen. Pick one item on the counter and one item in your drawer and find a way to store it appropriately or simply get rid of it, your mind will thank you. Pairing down and decluttering are very underrated activities anyone can do to instantly free up space and provide an “Aha Feeling” in your area.
As always, thank you for reading the blog. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns at Jack@ParkWestCleaning.com