Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful – William Morris
I grew up in a colourful and cluttered house surrounded by many material items and possessions. Maybe because I’m older or the fact that I now live in a small apartment I feel less attached to things and am more focused on de-cluttering my space and taking a minimalist approach. The more I think about it the more I realise that I don’t want to be consumed by my belongings.
I’m not going to lie, a change of lifestyle is always difficult and attempting a minimalistic one is no different. I still feel very sentimental towards many objects so it’s not as easy as chucking everything in a big black bag. One piece of advice that I heard and thought was good was to touch the object in question and if it doesn’t make you happy and you’ve no use for it, then why keep it?
Slowly but surely I think I’m getting there with a few tips I’ve picked up.
Stop and Think
When I’m out shopping and see something I like, I stop and think about it. Do I really need this? Why do I need it? Will it make me happy? 9 times out of 10 I end up putting the item back on its shelf and walking out of the shop. Stopping yourself from impulse buying is a huge step forward and will also save you money in the long run. Just the other day I picked up a pair of shoes in Penneys (so they didn’t break the bank) but after a few days of them sitting in their bag in my bedroom I realised “I don’t need these shoes!” so I returned them.
Clear your Closet
This was something I really needed to do and am actually still trying to do. What is the point of having a closet full of clothes that you only half wear? If something’s been hanging untouched for over a year then chuck it! If you have unnecessary multiples of something then chuck them too! Invest in staple items such as a nice white t-shirt, a great fitting pair of jeans and a classic pair of boots. Pieces that you know you’ll wear over and over again should take priority in your wardrobe.
Keep it Digital
In the age of instant access to the internet and high speed connections it’s no surprise that everything is going digital. Going digital can dramatically reduce your clutter. Instead of buying a hard back download it as an e-book to your phone or kindle. The same can be done for magazines. Definitely start internet banking and only print what you really need to.
I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what you think! Do you lead a minimalist life or just interested in taking that first step?
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