In cases of autistic individuals (at least typically), cluttered and messy homes can be very overwhelming and can be distracting to their way of thinking. A minimalist approach is a great way to battle that. Just make sure you don’t get rid of anything they hold sentiment to. Think about all the other areas of your home and how you can minimise, declutter and make the spaces a lot more comfortable to be in.
Donating And Storing
You will want to start with decluttering different rooms in the house. Over time we tend to collect, keep and hoard things. Even when they no longer are wanted or used they can take up space in our homes, make it look messier and just be another thing to accumulate dust. If you are going through things like clothes and toys then be sure to donate to others who may need them and will use them.
If you have things you use but only in certain seasons, like seasonal decorations or summer and winter clothes you could store them in a self storage unit if you don’t have space in your home to keep them out of the way. Then you can simply get them when you need them and put something else away if you no longer are using them for the time being. It is a great way to keep your space and head clear while also keeping things you want.
Add A Sensory Space
One of the best things you can do for your autistic child is give them a space they can go to when they are struggling or on the verge of a meltdown. If they are able to take themselves off to a sensory space then they can learn to self-soothe and regulate their emotions a lot better. These spaces will want to include things like calming lighting, fidget toys, blankets and other comforts your child likes. If you have a raised bed you could create it in a little den under their bed or if you have a corner of the room you can use and utilize it for them.
Minimalism Way Of Life
Living a minimal way of life means you don’t over consume things. So don’t have 20 differently designed mugs or 7 different coats. You go for the more subtle tones which go with everything and can be paired with other things easily. Things like a capsule wardrobe are good and have some key pieces that can be used in multiple outfits and styles without having mountains of clothes. It also will help you save on washing loads.
There are so many books, videos and blogs out there all about minimalism and how you can incorporate it into your life. It is individual to each person and family. You don’t need to incorporate it all and go full force, you can add in the elements which suit you and make your life simpler, easier and happier. It is beneficial that some of these also benefit autistic children too.