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The “One In, Two Out” Rule of Minimalist Homes

Minimalist homes are starting to be embraced all around the world. These type of homes have radical benefits that could improve people’s life in so many aspects—financially, emotionally, socially, even physically. In previous blog posts, we’ve also shared some benefits of minimalist homes. Here, let us share a great minimalist practice that gradually turns your home into minimalist heaven…


Minimalist homes are starting to be embraced all around the world. These type of homes have radical benefits that could improve people’s life in so many aspects—financially, emotionally, socially, even physically. In previous blog posts, we’ve also shared some benefits of minimalist homes. Here, let us share a great minimalist practice that gradually turns your home into minimalist heaven…

One In, Two Out

The “One In, Two Out” is the antithesis of accumulating things. This is a philosophy that will turn your house into a minimalist home in a short period of time. Or at least declutter it.

In simple terms, it means that for whatever single thing you bring inside the house, be they new purchases, new gifts, even hand-me-downs that you got from family and friends, you would have to give up two things.

Now, we understand that is easier said than done. Even self-proclaimed minimalists have struggled with it. You can backslide in this practice, but always try to bounce back up and stay on track. If you have the discipline, soon you will have a decluttered or a minimalist home to enjoy more important things in life.

If this practice is too tough for you to embrace right now, you can opt for a toned down version of “One In, One Out.” Simply put, you just replace old stuff with new, better and more efficient stuff to improve your life and not accumulate possessions.

Small Steps, Big Benefits

Obviously, the direct benefit would be having a decluttered, more spacious and more liberating home. You avoid getting choked with so much stuff before it’s too late. The indirect benefit is equally awesome.

If you practice this rule regularly, you begin to be more conscious about bringing in more things. Hence, you begin to be more conscious of spending and buying for newer, bigger and better stuff because you know you will have to part with more than just money. So it helps you save money in the end.

Finally, for every thing that you bring into the house, you get to get rid of two things—that’s two things that you can sell at a garage sale or perhaps even via eBay for extra moolah! So you not only save money, but minimalist practices can even help you earn money at the start.

That’s three big benefits from one simple step. Whether you want to embrace minimalism or not, surely, that practice can be beneficial to you. So why not give it a try today and see how your home life can change for the better?

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Jeff is a full-time family man by day and a multipotentialite by night. When not writing for Domobase, he's usually creating music, learning new skills, or working on his businesses till the wee hours of the morning.