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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!

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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.

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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.

If you’re interested in minimalist living, you might enjoy these earlier articles 🙂

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31 comments on “Five steps I’ve taken towards a more minimalist lifestyle”

  1. Our county has an electronics recycling program, so this week I cleaned out our drawer of old calculators and broken cell phones. Those things have been weighing on my mind. I’m glad I was finally able to properly dispose of them!

    • It’s great to be able to dispose of things properly, isn’t it 🙂 I have two laptops that no longer work, and I need to figure out what to do with those….maybe I will make some enquiries this week. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Such an interesting insight about the ironing pile! I don’t have that issue but I do feel like I’ll never get to the bottom of my ‘to read’ pile – I may need to revisit it to see if I actually want to read them!

  3. I must see if my local library has a copy of that book, I think I’d find it really useful 🙂 Sounds like you’re making great inroads into your quest for minimalism!

  4. I’m not sure about minimalist living, but I definitely want to live without the clutter. These tips are quite useful and more likely for me to do. I find it so painful throwing things out or giving them away, that I don’t think I could do it all in one go. Well done for getting as far as you have.

  5. It always feels so good when you can get rid of some space takers! And I have to admit I have the paper work drawer too, but I go through it every few month.

  6. Good tips! I’ve been to goodwill twice this week and threw away some of the tougher stuff. Old papers, journal entries, weird stuff from high school. Even some postcards from my grandmother who has passed. I realized that her memory is so much more powerful than a postcard. She can’t be reduced to a postcard; she’ll live within us forever.
    Laundry – I do the laundry most nights, fold and put away each morning. We are a family of 3 and don’t have any ironing required; not what your situation is.
    LOVED essentialism. Just finished a few weeks ago and it definitely provided more insight. Somewhat redundant being that I’ve read other books that are similar, but nonetheless, a great read with some practical advice that can easily be implemented. Hope you enjoy it as well!!

    • What a lovely, insightful comment. You’ve certainly given me a lot to think about, thank you so much for stopping by x

  7. This has been my life lately to a T! I’ve donated sooo much to a local thrift store that benefits a health clinic in town. I just don’t have room for anything else after coming from two-bedroom and moving into this one-bedroom. Minimalist isn’t always easy but it’s so much fun!

    • What a great place to donate your goods, that is so kind of you. How wonderful to help others in this way 🙂 It can be fun, can’t it….I also wonder if it gets slightly addictive after a while…?

  8. I told you on Instagram I’d be over! 😉 Great tips! I’m on the paper purge at the moment and I know I will feel soooo much better when it’s done. Just gives me that sense of calm when that stuff is in order!

    Kat x

    • It’s great when you start to see the results, isn’t it! I hope that it’s going well for you….keep going 🙂

  9. Some really good ideas. I am trying to de clutter at the moment, starting with all the toys the girls have and it’s scary the amount we have stored away! I am looking forward to having less rubbish…

  10. I do love being a minimalist as it’s simple, but modern. I also love how you mentioned time management, that’s definitely important.

  11. Living a more minimalistic life is a great way to approach things. Like you, I have lots and lots of stuff I don’t use a lot, and when we lost our loft when we had new bedrooms built up there, I did a big clearout and donated a lot of things like the ones you mentioned above: clothes I loved but no longer wore, dictionaries and books I wouldn’t use again, etc. It was scary to part with these things, but also liberating in a way. I love your idea of getting to the bottom of that ironing pile by getting rid of the items you abhor ironing 🙂

    • Wow, it sounds like you’ve had a major declutter! How wonderful to use it for new bedrooms, all that lovely space 🙂

  12. I’m donating lots at the moment in the effort to have a more minimal household! How on earth do we get so much stuff? I have done two charity shop runs over the weekend and am feeling lighter already 🙂

    • It’s crazy, isn’t it, how we accumulate so much stuff! How wonderful to be able to donate goods whilst making your home a nicer place 🙂 I need to do a charity shop run soon, too. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Dear Daisy,

    Interesting that I’m currently reading this book and have found your blog at the same time. Coincidence? I think not. Looking forward to following along.

    Besos Sarah.

  14. I am actually trying to adopt a similar lifestyle. I have just gone through my wardrobe last weekend and sorted out all the clothes I am not wearing anymore, to give away. I would go to my living room next and try to declutter.

    • Hi Joanna, it sounds like you’ve made a great start, well done 🙂 I hope the living room goes well, too. We’re working on clothes at the moment, some things are easier than others but I know the results will be worth it x

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