Today, I’m going to be a giant hypocrite. I’ve written previously about how I don’t like “How-To” guides for living minimally. This is because I feel they take the onus of responsibility off the person starting their minimalist journey.
I had a real-life, non-blog world friend ask me on my Facebook page about where to even start in terms of decluttering. And I realized, I’ve never fully shared what I did when I started out. So now I’m going to.
Mega-Disclaimer: This is less of a ” Do this and you will be a minimalist” article, and more of an “I did it this way, maybe parts of it will resonate with you?” article.… Continue reading
If you look around your house right now, what is the most cluttered area? Your bathroom? Your kitchen? I’m willing to bet the #1 most cluttered area in your home right now is actually…drumroll please… your computer!
Given how digital our lives have become, this is hardly surprising. Your computer (or tablet, or phone) probably contains every email you’ve ever sent, every picture you’ve ever taken, every song you’ve ever listened to. You get the idea.
And if you’re anything like me, all of that digital clutter starts clogging up your brain.
I’m the kind of person who can’t stand desktop clutter- it gives me anxiety to see a desktop covered in tiny icons.… Continue reading
Some ‘things’ in the downsizing process are easy to get rid of. Clothes can be handed down or given to charity. Books can be donated to your local library. Electronics can be sold or recycled. However, when it comes to beauty products, it gets a little trickier.
It’s a gray area which products can safely go down the drain and some products are designated as hazardous waste (i.e. nail polish and hairspray).
I personally have an overflow of beauty products that I don’t use. Since I work from home, I hardly ever wear makeup or style my hair. And yet, I still have an entire bin under my bathroom sink full of stuff.… Continue reading
Imagine this, you’re a minimalist and you’ve told your family as such.
You told them you don’t need gifts this year, maybe you told them to donate to a charity instead. You’ve done everything you can to cover your bases. But still, around the tree on Christmas morning or at your annual gift exchange, your loved ones present you with a gift, or two, or seven.
You don’t want to be rude or hurt anyone’s feelings, so you bring all of your gifts home. And now you’re stuck with what to do with them.
Not to worry! I’ve got some suggestions on how you can keep your minimalist sanity – post-Christmas.… Continue reading