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How To Create Free Time

How To Create Free Time


“Oh, if I only had the time for that…”

Have you said it? I know I have. I have wished there were more hours in the day. There just never seemed like enough time to do all that I wanted to accomplish.

Minimalism frees up time in a variety of ways.

  • You’re not spending time “shifting” your belonging from one place to another. When you need to clean the house, you can just do it, instead of cleaning around piles or having to move piles to clean under and behind them. Which means it takes so much less time to clean the house. It’s no longer a planned event, instead, it happens little by little throughout the week.
  • It frees up your mind from being scattered. This is where a lot of time is wasted. There is so much going on at any given moment, nothing gets completed. There are random half-done tasks all over the home and many more on the to-do list that is ever present in your mind.

Before I became a minimalist, when I would “clean up” I would grab all the clutter, shove it into the spare bedroom and shut the door, trying to create a clean space; but all that clutter was still haunting me, calling out to me in the back of my mind… “you need to take care of me!”

Minimalism has forced my mind to slow down. When everything is put away and has a place to belong, then there is nothing left “to-do”. Now, it’s not filled with the anxiety of the “to-do” list. I am able to be present, in the moment.

The first step to creating that free time is to restructure daily habits.

99% of everything we do is habitual. Sadly, most of us do the same thing we did the day before, the week before, the month before. (Insane, right??) We hope for change but just don’t know where to begin.

When you develop a habit of doing what you should, instead of what you feel, the habit will become easier over time.

But, that takes some motivation, doesn’t it?Action Creates Motivation

No, it doesn’t! You don’t need to be motivated. You can do it without motivation! Motivation doesn’t create action, instead action creates motivation. When you make one positive change each week, that motivation will come. And then you will find that motivation.

It does take determination to change, but once you develop habits that keep your house in order, you will look around and see that your home is maintained and you now have the free time that you had always been searching for.

I always recommend beginning this journey in the kitchen. Most of us are in the kitchen a frequently, we have to go there regularly while we are at home and the cleaner it is, the more we enjoy being in that space.

In all my books and courses, I walk people through building routines. The very first routines are:

  • Quick kitchen tidy (throw away any trash, scraps, junk mail, etc)
  • Wipe off the counters/stove
  • Wash the dishes

A common mistake that people make, is assuming that routines define boring, inflexible people. The truth is, when we have routines in place, our creativity and spontaneity can flourish. Daily home maintenance is done and we have the freedom to do so many other things with our time.

All those things we wished we had time for.

Join me. Let’s do those things.

Do you need help creating lasting routines? Get your chart set and join an accountability group here: Jumpstart Your Decluttering




About the author, Rachel

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I go live in my FREE Facebook Groups every weekday- feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group


  1. Charlotte on 09/24/2015 at 6:45 PM

    Exactly what I needed to hear. I go around the house heavy sighing because I am thinking of all the “stuff” I need to do and then my heart gets heavier when I see a pile of something that I should be put away. I completely related to your point about “shifting” belongings from one place to another.
    Thanks for the post.

  2. Cherriezzzzz on 09/29/2015 at 12:47 PM

    Positive self talk has to hold truth for me, hence I repeat “I value clean dishes!” as I work through my least favorite routine. I can’t say it til it’s true. I heard you say I may never like doing my dishes (TRUE), but I do highly value clean ones! Thanks for the “routines” idea. It’s an enormous help.

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