You need to examine every room in your house and eliminate the duplicate items you see. If you have items that you have not used in six months or more, chances are that you will not be using them! Make sure that you throw anything that does not add value to your life anything that clutters your life!
When you toss useless items, your life feels much lighter and unburdened. When de-cluttering your kitchen, you should get rid of unnecessary appliances.
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!
You need to budget for the spending of your money. Once you de-clutter and get rid of the items that you do not need, you might be tempted to buy replacements. However, you should resist the urge to buy stuff, that you do not need no matter how attractive or dreamy they appear.
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 need to repeat the de-cluttering process as often as possible, a good goal would be every (6) months. In fact, despite your best efforts, things might start to pile up and it will be up to you to ensure that you do not end up with clutter. Therefore, to avoid stressing yourself, you should get rid of unnecessary regularly.
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
Many people hang onto things because they feel too guilty to let them go. No matter who gave them, you need to consider your space. This means that you should say no to guilt when tossing or selling on eBay something that your aunt gave to you.
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
In this life, things happen and you cannot control them. Unforeseen events mean that your things get lost. When you lose your possessions without warning, you need to be as unattached as possible to avoid feeling overwhelm.
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!
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