Along with being a construction marketing consultant who provides construction marketing services to contractors, I am a confirmed minimalist, I like things simple, I like things to have their places. I like to have less than more. I do this because, for me at least, the less I have, the better my mind works.
I read this newsletter by Brian Gardner, Godfather of the WordPress framework. It looks like he runs a pretty minimal ship as well.
I go to great lengths to keep my head clear for important things, like writing what I hope are useful posts for you, and to do that, I’ve simplified my life in certain ways to help me focus. Here are some ways I do that:
I have 20 white Oxford button-down shirts.
I have 20 blue Oxford button-down shirts.
I have 5 black polo shirts.
I have 5 blue polo shirts.
I have 5 pairs of blue jeans.
I have 5 pairs of shorts.
That is my main wardrobe predicated on the time of year and weather condition. I have restricted my wardrobe to avoid suffering from what is called decision fatigue, look it up. It’s a thing.
I eat either oatmeal or Cheerios or yogurt for breakfast, it all depends on which one I see first. No decision necessary.
I can see each corner in the room I am in. Nothing bugs me more than shit piled up in a corner. I need to be able to see the 45-degree angle or I get crazy.
The other thing I limit in my life, and the main point of this post, is horizontal spaces.
Tables, chairs, desks, credenzas, folding tables, bookcases, anything that has a horizontal surface area I limit because they do one thing…attract clutter.
The room I am in right now, there is one item with a horizontal space, this desk. Nothing else in the area has the ability to store anything. That’s a key way to avoid clutter.
So…if you are clutter freak or minimalist or cleaning junkie, try removing as many flat, horizontal surfaces as you can and see if that helps your mental approach to minimal living.
You can’t keep what you can’t find a place for!