Begin the therapeutic process of adopting a minimalist lifestyle, and never again let the things you own start to own you.
So what are the benefits of an unadorned lifestyle?
In my personal experience, less clutter equals less stress, and ridding myself of excess disarray around my house made it feel more like the sanctuary that it should feel like, and less like an anxiety inducing disaster area.
Other positive aspects include:
-Fewer belongings means fewer hours spent tirelessly maintaining and cleaning your home, and more free time to actually relax in and enjoy your home.
-When everything has a place and possessions are not just strewn about, it’s significantly more difficult to lose track of things. Imagine never losing your keys again!
-The freedom to pick up and move is huge! Whether you want to move into a smaller, more cost efficient space, or you want the option to travel to and live far away places, letting go of non essentials is essential.
Where does one even start when assuming such a lifestyle?
-Start small. Ridding my closets of unnecessary holiday decor is where my journey began, and before I knew what hit me I was driving to Goodwill, wondering why I had ever held onto 17 borderline identical flower vases and what seemed like hundreds of unattractive wallet sized picture frames. Get rid of the obvious first, and it will start coming naturally to you what is unneeded.
-Don’t rush the process of weeding things out. You can’t turn your life around in a day-at least not efficiently. The more time you give this process, the more thorough you will be.
Where can I take items that I deem to be non essential?
Selling and buying on Facebook can feel a bit less sketchy than on places like Craigslist, because Facebook allows you to gather a bit more information about someone before meeting with them, so if you’re looking to sell online, that’s a good place to begin.
If you have things that you’re hoping to donate, try contacting your local shelters, fire departments, animal shelters, and churches. Some places that accept regular donations have systems in place for picking items up, rather than you having to drop them off, which can be a huge help. The Salvation Army and Goodwill also accept donations and often have drop boxes for smaller donations.
Where should one shop for items that encourage minimalism? (i.e. storage & organization)
In order to maintain this lifestyle, all of the possessions that you hold on to will need to have a set space in your new life. Here are my top 5 favorite places to buy pieces that are both affordable and of good quality, and direct links to their home storage pages:
I know it may not feel like it just yet, but spring is coming around the corner, so start small with a bit of spring cleaning and before you know it you can be on your way to a minimalist lifestyle and a happier home!