I’m so excited to tell you guys all about minamalism and my minimalism journey. I want to start of by saying that minamalism doesn’t necessarily mean only owning 100 (or 50 or 20) items!! It’s simply the idea of decreasing clutter in your life and therefore decreasing unnecessary clutter in your mind. In becoming a minimalist, you chose quality over quantitiy with your possessions, so you keep items that really spark joy. For example, instead of owning 50+ nail polish colors that I don’t wear often, I’d only keep 5 that I really love and wear a lot (that’s the goal, I’m still at 18😂). Check out this video and this one for more info!
I’m not giving away all my possessions, I’m just letting go of items that I don’t use often and that don’t make me happy. I wanted to start with this because when I first watched the movie “Minimalism” a few months ago, it gave me anxiety because I thought to escape consumerism and the obsession to buy all the time, I had to live in a tiny house, only own 10 items of clothing, and not use a car. I had a breakthrough when I realized YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT to be a minimalist! If you know me, you I LOVE clothes and fashion, so I’m definitely going to keep my collection of scarves, purses, jewlery, shoes, and dresses. The main idea is to get rid of items I never wear or use but that I still keep because “what if”, or because I spent money on it, or because it’s a gift or hand-me-down, or because I used to love it and don’t want to let it go even though it’s ripped and no longer fits. Those are definitely things that need to go ASAP. Since starting my minamilism journey I already feel less stressed and more joy because the items I have are things that make me really happy. If you are interested in starting, definitely start slow and see how you feel. Don’t give away 200 items in one weekend! Slowly start picking away at your closet and other areas to remove items you don’t use. Sometimes I’ll keep those items in a bag for a few weeks or months and if I don’t reach for them, it’s 100% time to donate them.
In the last few weeks I’ve made a dent in the items I own and it truely feels great because I’m not burdened by excess clutter. If you’re interested, I made a list of 30 days worth of things to get rid of and clean out.
1. Recycle those empty cardboard boxes that you’re saving “just in case”.
2. Trash those ripped and worn-through shoes. If you want some shoe reorganizing tips check out this post!
3. Throw away makeup that you never use.
4. Donate unopened samples (toiletries, make up, laundry detergent, etc.).
5. Donate clothes you don’t love or that no longer fit.
6. Throw away clothes and undergarments that have holes or stains.
7. Clear off all your counters and organize those items – desk, kitchen counters, tables, bedside table, etc.
8. Throw away take-out menus and the yellow pages – you’ll probably check for these on your phone before you’d reach for the paper versions.
9. Unsubscribe from email lists using Unroll.Me and “roll up” the rest.
10. Clean out your personal and work inbox so you have 0 emails in your inbox! Doesn’t that feel good?!
11. Move to paperless billing so you no longer get bills in the mail (and no longer leave them on your counters😉).
12. Delete unused phone apps or put them in folders – I know I wasn’t using a lot of mine!
13. Donate unopened, unperishable foods that you still haven’t eaten, if they haven’t passed the expiration date.
14. Throw out any stale food that you still haven’t finished (crackers, chips, pasta, etc).
15. Donate books you’ve already read or still haven’t read. Instead, check out books (and audiobooks and DVD’s!) from your public library!
16. Donate or give a friend the nail polish that you never wear.
17. Find and use up your collection. I didn’t even realize until I started this process that I have a GIANT collection of tea and too many candles. I’m currently trying to drink up my tea and burn my candles because I don’t need 14 different flavors of tea and 7 different candle scents. I have 2-3 favorites and I’ll keep those and use up the rest! Since I know this, I also won’t buy anymore of either until I use up all the others AND run out of my 2-3 favorites!
18. Donate towels or linens if you have more than 2-3 sets.
19. Pare down your pajama collection — do I really need 12 sets of PJ’s?!
20. Look through your home decor and see if there are items that no longer serve you or bring you joy. That collection of reminders and old pictures on the refrigerator door is a good place to start!
21. Donate accessories that you don’t wear often including scarves, jewelry, purses, etc.
22. Donate or use up your multiple cleaning products. One multi-purpose cleaner will do the trick!
23. Pare down your mug and cup collection.
24. Recycle old documents, receipts, magazines, notebooks, newspapers, and school notes that you no longer need.
25. Get rid of duplicates! I didn’t really need 4 vases, instead I only kept 2. Other examples include multiple pairs of scissors, multiple vacuums, multiple appliances with similar functions, and duplicate kitchen utensils.
26. Donate old electronics that are sitting in a drawer unused, like old cell phones, cameras, MP3 players, headphones, etc.
27. Recylce your giant pile of grocery store bags — most grocery stores have collection bins outside for this purpose. (Protip: bring reusable bags when you’re going shopping!)
28. Pare down your pen and pencil collection. I definitely have way too many of both!
29. Clean out your purse or wallet. Organize or throw out old receipts, gift cards, reward cards, etc. You could even get an app for your gift cards.
30. Lastly, think when you’re shopping. Now that you’ve cleaned out a lot of the physical clutter in your life, you’ll know which items to avoid and which items you do and don’t need when you’re out shopping.
Do you have anything to add to the list?! Are you already a minimalist? Are you thinking about becoming a minimalist?! I’d love to hear all the answers in a comment below!!