Interested in Minimalism? How to Start Down a Simpler Path
- I donated or consigned items I no longer wore or that no longer fit.
- I tossed old tee shirts, undergarments, and nightwear.
- I chose a base color for outfits.
- I limited shoes, handbags, and jewelry.
1. Visualize your pared-down life.
- A living room that's ready for relaxing and socializing?
- A kitchen with clear counters ready for cooking and baking?
- A polished table ready for dinner or a favorite family board game?*
- A bedroom that's private and restful?
- A spa-like bathroom?
- Fewer but better toys that your kids can put away on their own?
- Fewer but better clothes that fit and flatter and make getting dressed a pleasure?
- A calendar with some empty slots for down time or spur-of-the-moment creativity?
- A balanced budget with a plan for getting out of debt?
- ... or some other improvement in your day-to-day life?
2. Make your bed.
4. Donate duplicates.
5. Dress with less.
6. Use it up.
- extra lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes
- expired medications
- canned foods shoved to the back of your pantry
- books you bought but never read
- clothing you've never worn
- recipes or hobby supplies you've collected for "someday"
9. Purchase mindfully.
10. Make time.
- Give up designer coffee and/or restaurant lunches.
- Cut back on cigarettes and/or alcohol.
- Reduce your entertainment costs.
- Sell stuff you don't need.
- Bank any bonuses, tax refunds, or other windfalls.
12. Pack for disaster.
- medications, glasses, hearing aids, CPAP machines, etc.
- phone and laptop, charging cords
- wallet/purse, keys
- important papers (these should fit easily in one file box)
- a change of clothes, some extra underwear and socks
- the same for your kids
- pet carrier/leash, food and water bowls, litter box
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- physical clutter
- digital clutter
- your mindset
- your schedule
- your finances
- your personal well-being