For example, if you have an oven and microwave, just pick one, get rid of the microwave and use the oven to heat your food or the other way around.
#2 - Always think before Buying!
Before you purchase an item, you should ask yourself how it will contribute to your life in the next few months or year. If you cannot think of good contributions, but instead a waste of money and valuable time, then do not purchase. Moreover, you should look at the space you have available before buying anything, as you do not need items that will fill up your space.
#3 - Minimalist Purge
You should also try to challenge yourself by doing something new occasionally. For instance, you can try to make coffee without a coffee machine until you learn how to do it effortlessly. Then you can get rid of your coffee machine for a truly minimalist lifestyle. I personally use a HARIO V60.
#4 - Do Not Feel Guilty
Such gifts are given to you out of love and even if you appreciate the sentiment, you do not have to hang onto the gift out of guilt. Ease your guilt by telling yourself honestly that the item is going with someone who needs it more than you. Moreover, the items will be used and appreciated more in their new home if you do not really use it.
Once you give away all the small items that you always felt too guilty to let go, you will have more space to store only the things that you really need.
#5 - Do Not Get Attached
If you want to adopt a minimalist life, you should be unattached to possessions, you do not always want them for a long time. So to test your attachment, you can try to give away something that you love to see how you feel. But choose a home, where it will be greatly appreciated.
This is the first step in losing your attachment to items. Once you overcome this feeling, you will not have a big need to storage, since you can always give away things to friends or family, that you do not need no matter how much you think, you love them.
If you are getting married soon, always choose the gifts that you need to avoid ending up with clutter. For instance, if you want gifts such as Bed Bath & Beyond registry gifts, you can choose the items you need. This way, you will be staring a new chapter in your life, living the minimalist lifestyle!