Declutter & Streamline Your Home With This Two-Minute Rule

by Simplify

Streamlined homes operate in a way that allows people to feel relaxed in their space. Seeing a mess, or even just a bit of clutter when you enter your home creates easily avoidable stress and tension. Here are some minimalism tips and tricks to help you declutter.

Decluttering items in the house

Try implementing a two-minute rule. This two-minute rule dictates that upon entering your home, before you do anything else, you take two minutes to straighten up. Instead of going straight to relaxing just spend a couple of minutes putting things away thoughtfully and carefully.

Giving up two minutes won’t cause you to overtire, or force you to give up something in your life. There is nothing overwhelming about a two-minute commitment. Those two minutes just might create a meaningful long-lasting impact on your life.

Enveloping behaviors you want to change with something you already do helps remind you to keep it going. It becomes a habit and helps you stay on track to continue doing it regularly. Making it into an integrated part of your day will make it easier to get it done.

The two-minute rule helps prevent clutter from accumulating in the first place. People tend to walk in the house and just put their stuff down wherever. If you take those first two minutes to think about where to put things, you’re preventing future clutter.

You’re also resetting your relationship with your space by being mindful of how you care for it.

Streamline your home with the two-minute rule

The two-minute rule is ultimately about reflecting your priorities in your behavior. Taking two minutes to straighten up even when you’re tired, reflects how much you care about your home.

After a week or two, the two-minute rule becomes an automated habit which makes it easier to continue doing it.

For more organization ideas, discover the 5 habits of tidy people or this guide to what causes clutter.

To see more videos, check out the Slice of Light YouTube channel.

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  • Jan58126766 Jan58126766 on Dec 27, 2022

    ALWAYS, always, make the bed, first thing. Even if everything else is untidy, the bedroom looks neat!!! ..... and what does it take? 30 seconds!!! tops. Happy way to start the day.

  • Tom69754122 Tom69754122 on Jul 21, 2023

    Great thoughts & easy to do I have begun doing this and it DOES make a difference!