The 90/90 Road To An Uncluttered Life I have just come across a website that fits in with my philosophy here at Red Robin Cottage. I was looking for something entirely different, I now of course can’t remember what, when I stumbled across The Minimalists website written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I recommend that you hop over after reading this post and take a look. Their website is, of course, (the clue is in the name!) about living a life uncluttered by too many belonging that we probably neither use or like.
The post I read was about the 90/90 rule that they have devised and it resonated with me so much that I thought I would share it with you all.
The 90/90 Road To An Uncluttered Life – The What, Why and How
What – the idea is that you should only have in your life and home “stuff” that earns it’s keep and deserves the space it takes up. Of course you can’t apply this to certain items such as the Christmas Tree or family treasures such photographs or heirlooms. They are safe from this purge.
Why – The thought behind it is that by ridding yourself of unnecessary belonging will free you mentally as well as physically, allowing you to live your life more fully. Personally I would add that it also gives you a lot more time as you don’t have to look after all these belongings, you don’t have to move them to find what you are looking for and it allows you to actually see and use those things that work well in your life.
How – The system is one of those that is so simple that you wonder why you hadn’t thought of it yourself. In fact we probably all have, but never put it into action fully or written about it! The rules are very simple:-
1 Go through every single item in your household and ask yourself two questions about the item.
2 Have you used this whatever it is in the past 90 days? And if the answer is no then….
3 Will you use this item in the next 90 days?
If you get two no’s then you are pretty safe to recycle, donate or throw it away. If you get a no and a yes then keep it, but make a mental note when you next use it. If you get two yes’s then this is a belonging that has earned it’s space in your home and your life.
After the 90 days in rule 3 is over then repeat the process. This time of course it will be much quicker as you will have considerably less belongings to work through. If the items that you thought you would use in the next 90 days still remain unworn or unused then you should seriously consider getting rid of them as they haven’t been of use to you for 6 months. Unless they are items like seasonal clothing or the aforementioned Christmas tree then I think you should let them go to another owner.
The 90/90 Road To An Uncluttered Life – Summary
I like the idea of the 90/90 system and will use it when de-cluttering next time. The kitchen is well over due for a serious look at what is lurking in the cupboards and I am sure there are things that will fail the 90/90 rule! What are your thoughts on the 90/90 rule? Are overdue for a good clear out of unwanted “stuff”?
I’ve written a post “Making The Most Of A Small Space” which ties in with a lot of what the 90/90 system suggests. CLICK HERE to read “Making The Most Of A Small Space”.