I mentioned in my goals for 2015 that we want to start working towards decluttering and becoming a bit more minimalist. Now, while I love watching things about Tiny Houses I don’t think we’re quite at that point just yet. Andrew has always joked that I’m a nomad – I always want to be on the move and I hate to feel tied down. Part of that “tied down” feeling I believe comes from owning too much and too many unnecessary items. There are times when I look at an item I own and feel stuck with it because of a sentiment that means very little to me now. There’s a great quote from -of all places- Grey’s Anatomy that I love and kind of want to live my life by:
Why does it feel so good to get rid of things? To unload? To let go? Maybe because when we see how little we actually need to survive, it makes us realize how powerful we actually are. To strip down to only what we need. To hang on to only what we can’t do without. Not just to survive, but to thrive.
We obviously don’t need fifteen pairs of the same type of shoe to survive and (at least many people I know) tend to only use one or two pairs regularly. We don’t need to be tied down to photos we never look at when we can either get rid of them or simply scan them up to the “cloud” and look at them as needed. There are very few things we really need but plenty of things we hold onto for no reason other than to remember a specific moment in history – and sometimes we’d much rather forget that point but we can’t. Why? Because we’re holding on to so many reminders that have no purpose! With this in mind – and before I get too preachy – I thought I’d share some great links I’ve been finding to learn more about minimalism and how to put these ideas in motion. Even if you don’t find yourself needing to become a total minimalist, it can be helpful to go through what you own and really look at what you’ve got. Heck, you might find some helpful tips on cleaning and organizing even if you do keep everything you’ve got!
Five minutes to get started on decluttering? You bet.
Decluttering is great, but sometimes it’s beneficial to de-own.
For an extreme version of a wardrobe clean-out, check out the only 10 pieces of clothing you need.
As an even lighter starting point (because only 33 pieces of clothing can seem like very little!) here’s a practical guide on owning fewer clothes.
This is such a great article that hits on some of the biggest problem areas in the digital life!
Goodness, I love the five minute quick tips for getting things under control! I also love Apartment Therapy. Too much cuteness!
I only just found Be More With Less, but their article on digital decluttering is great and has a handy infographic!
I lovelovelove this post about life in 700 square feet. Personally while we wouldn’t necessarily go for a tiny house we would LOVE a small house like this. Plus there are kitties sooo…
A wonderful post on 10 things to add to a simple life.
Links on Links…on Links
10 links that will change your life – cursing may follow!
The most popular posts on Becoming Minimalist are actually really helpful.
You’ve downsized – now find out where you should donate that can do some good.
I hope this post helps you in some way – just don’t let it sit around for you to have time to read it later – go forth and minimalize!
Do you have any tips or articles on decluttering your life?
Wishing you capsules of cultivated wardrobes,