What Is The 90/90 Rule In Minimalism?

Minimalism has many different rules you can try and implement to improve and help you on your journey, and the 90/90 rule is one of them. It is a rule to help you when it comes to decluttering, that basically means if you haven't used the item in the last 90 days, and don't plan on using it in the next 90 days, it can go!

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What Is The 90/90 Rule And How Does It Work?

The 90/90 rule is a decluttering method that helps you make decisions about what to keep and what to let go of. The rule states that if you haven't used an item in the past 90 days and don't anticipate using it in the next 90 days, it's time to declutter and let go of that item.

This rule differs from other decluttering methods, such as the KonMari method, which focuses on keeping items that spark joy. While the KonMari method is effective for some individuals, the 90/90 rule provides a more practical and objective approach to decluttering. It helps you evaluate the usefulness and relevance of your belongings based on your actual usage and needs.

How To Apply The 90/90 Rule In Your Daily Routine:

Implementing the rule: 

Start by decluttering one area of your home at a time, such as your closet or kitchen. Take each item and ask yourself if you have used it in the past 90 days or if you anticipate using it in the next 90 days. If the answer is no, it's time to let go of that item. Sort items into categories such as donate, sell, or discard, and take action accordingly.

Tips for staying motivated: 

Decluttering can be a challenging process, especially if you have sentimental attachments to certain items. To stay motivated, remind yourself of the benefits of minimalism and how decluttering will improve your life. Set small goals and celebrate your progress along the way. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals who can provide support and encouragement.

Common mistakes to avoid: 

One common mistake when applying the 90/90 rule is holding onto items "just in case" you might need them in the future. Be honest with yourself about the likelihood of actually using those items and consider the cost of keeping them in terms of space, time, and mental clutter. Don't rush through the decluttering process without properly evaluating each item. Take the time to reflect on the usefulness and relevance of each possession before making a decision.

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Tips For Decluttering Your Home Using The 90/90 Rule:

How to decide what to keep and what to discard: 

When applying the 90/90 rule, be intentional and mindful about the items you choose to keep. Consider the usefulness, relevance, and sentimental value of each possession. Ask yourself if the item aligns with your values and if it brings you joy or serves a practical purpose in your life. Be honest with yourself and let go of items that no longer serve you.

Strategies for organizing your belongings: 

Once you have decluttered your space, try and have a system in place for organizing your belongings. Invest in storage solutions that fit your needs and help maintain a clutter-free environment. Use labels and categorize items to make it easier to find and access what you need. Regularly review and reassess your belongings to ensure they continue to align with your values and needs.

Creative ways to repurpose items: 

Instead of discarding items, consider repurposing them in creative ways. For example, old t-shirts can be turned into cleaning rags, glass jars can be used for storage, and cardboard boxes can be transformed into organizers. Repurposing items not only reduces waste but also allows you to give new life to objects that hold sentimental value.

The Impact Of the 90/90 rule on mental health and well-being

How decluttering can improve your mental health: 

The science behind the 90/90 rule lies in the concept of decision fatigue. Research has shown that making too many decisions can deplete your mental energy and lead to decision fatigue [Link]. By implementing the 90/90 rule, you reduce decision-making fatigue by creating a clear and simple guideline for decluttering. This allows you to make quicker and more confident decisions about what to keep and what to discard. A clutter-free space also allows for better focus and concentration, leading to increased productivity and creativity.

The connection between physical and mental clutter: 

Physical clutter often reflects mental clutter. By decluttering your physical space, you can also declutter your mind and emotions. Letting go of unnecessary possessions can help release emotional attachments and create space for new experiences and personal growth.

While the process of decluttering can be challenging, the rewards are well worth it. By simplifying your life and focusing on what truly matters, you can create a more fulfilling and balanced existence. So why not give the 90/90 rule a try? Start small, be patient with yourself, and enjoy the journey towards a clutter-free and more intentional.

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Molly | Transatlantic Notes said...

I definitely find that when things get cluttered in my home, it definitely negatively impacts my energy. The act of repurposing, recycling and donating items to declutter really seems to help so I think I lean towards minimlaism (and may have to look into it some more). Thanks for explaining the 90/90 rule; I'll have to try this out!

Minimalist Father said...

Plenty of info on minimalism on here Molly :). If you need any specific information please feel free to reach out any time to me, I will be happy to advise/help.