Adopting a more minimalist lifestyle, for me, is a gradual process….it’s not going to happen quickly or easily. I’ve spent many years – and several house moves – accumulating a whole lot of stuff. My garage still holds boxes of items that have travelled with me on said house moves…boxes of old school books, photo albums and dusty fitness equipment. Sound familiar? It’s going to take some energy to wade through this stuff, these boxes, memories and items from my past. But I’m not giving up…and each action is getting me that little bit closer to the minimalist lifestyle that I want to lead. These are just 5 things that I’ve done recently …
1. Donate, Donate. Donate – and not just the easy stuff! In the past it was painless to donate clothing that didn’t fit and novels that I’d finished reading. Now, I’ve started donating other items that are no longer useful. Those mighty dictionaries and text books from my bookshelves – expensive purchases from my student days – have sadly become unnecessary “space takers”. I’ve learned from them, and developed my skills, but now they’re simply not needed. If I want to know something now, then I can find the answer online. However nice they looked on my shelves, it was just time for them to go.
2. Purge that pile of paperwork. I’ve always had a “paper junk drawer”, where I shoved those letters that I didn’t know what to do with, and those bank statements that I couldn’t be bothered to file. This week, I’ve tackled it. It took me two days…no kidding. I’ve binned, shredded, photographed and filed the lot.
One useful tool that I found was digital storage. If I wasn’t sure whether I’d need random things such as old health cards or pet records in the future, I photographed them and stored them digitally. It’s been a massive space saver!
3. Take time out. There’s no point just working towards a goal, without enjoying the rewards on the way. Instead of coming home after school and doing the chores/homework one night this week, we met some friends instead. The kids played in the park and by the river; it was so much fun. Remind yourself why you’re decluttering and enjoy the rewards right now!
4. Getting to the bottom of that ironing pile. Okay…so this one is very dull, but I did get some satisfaction out of it. For a long time now, I’ve kept moving (and cleaning around) my laundry basket…I just never got to the bottom of it. What I figured out, though, was that the items at the bottom were never ironed because (a) they were too fiddly and time-consuming to iron (b) I didn’t like the garment, so there was no rush to get it back to the wardrobe or (c) my kids didn’t like wearing something anymore. So…..all those items are gone, and another small battle is won.
5. Be more intentional with your time. This is something that I really want to focus on, so I’ve decided to learn more about it! This book was recommended to me; have you read it? Review to follow.
Have you taken any steps this week towards a more minimalist lifestyle? I’d love to hear more in the comments below.
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