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Minimized Monthly – January 2017

January 30, 2017
Minimized Monthly

Happy Monday people! And welcome to my first Minimized Monthly!

I started my serious downsizing journey two-ish years ago. If you saw the amount of clothes/books/kitchen stuff I minimized, you would be shocked. I’m shocked when I think about how much ‘stuff’ I used to fill my life with.

The curious thing about simplifying and minimizing is that, if you don’t stay on top of it, things can start to creep back into your life. Not to the same point where I was before, but enough for me to want to recommit with fervor!

As a way to keep myself accountable on my simplifying journey, with the added benefit of actually minimizing what I own, every month I will share the items that I plan on donating, selling or re-purposing.

There is a bit of urgency for me to amp up my minimizing efforts as my partner and I will be moving in the near-ish future. We don’t know where yet, but where it is, we don’t want to have to move all of the ‘stuff’ we currently own.

What am I minimizing this month?

  • My iPad: This was a hand me down and I already own a full-size laptop and a small convertible tablet. Since the iPad is still fully functional, I am going to try my hand at selling it on the interweb!

 

 

 

  • Three Gifted Books: I’m not much of a re-reader. Once I’ve read a book once, I don’t have a use for it anymore. I live in a rural area with a great public library system that accepts donations! I will rest easy knowing that other members of my community will be able to benefit from my gently read books!

 

 

  • Clothing/Shoes: I’ll be honest. I had a rough fall in terms of shopping. I bought a number of items secondhand trying to find an outfit for a wedding I had to attend. Serious minimalist fail. I ended up with items that were uncomfortable and didn’t really fit. I actually like most of the items I am getting rid of- but I don’t like the synthetic fabrics they are made out of. Natural fabrics all the way! These items will be going back to the Value Village I bought them from. Learning from this experience, I will be much more mindful of purchases I make for special occasions in the future.
  • Miscellaneous Glass Jars: I have a problem with recycling glass jars after I’ve used what was inside them. I love reusing them, even if I already have other items that serve the same purpose. i.e. using glass jars as water bottles- when I already have several stainless steel bottles. For my own minimalist sanity, it’s better for me to recycle those bottles than let them take up precious space in my cabinets!

I think this is a pretty decent minimized list for January. Part of me wants to go all out and get rid of everything in sight. In reality, however, I’m much more methodical in my purging. I like to mull over an item (for months sometimes) to determine if its time to say goodbye.


Thanks for reading the inaugural Minimized Monthly! I’d love to know your approach to minimizing – do you go on purging binges or do you like to take your time and consider your options? Let me know in the comments!

 

  • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment February 9, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Looking forward to seeing more editions of Minimised Monthly, Brittany! We are in a similar situation when it comes to being motivated to keep minimising, as we’re moving in November this year. We have realised our two bedroom apartment is too big for us and we are really looking forward to finding a one bedroom that is more in line with our lifestyle. Having said that, you’re right, the clutter seems to find a way of creeping back! I’m a notorious hoarder of jars, too, which tends to wreak havoc in the kitchen cupboards. I tend to swap between purging binges and mini decluttering sessions. We have had two big purges over the past year, and now we are just getting rid of the odd pair of shoes or kitchen item every once in a while. It is just so wonderful living with less. Our space is so light and full of energy, instead of being messy and suffocating. Plus having less stuff means sooo much less tidying, since when you only have the minimum amount of possessions, they don’t tend to become strewn across the floor 🙂 Hurray for that!

  • Patricia Gaffney January 31, 2017 at 6:54 am

    “Purging” which gives me a feeling of “purification” and virtue- then regret later! I am a hopeless case.

    • tinyambitions January 31, 2017 at 7:04 am

      Maybe big stuff purges just aren’t useful for you! You may want to take more time to consider each item before choosing to minimize it. That way when you do decide to get rid of something you won’t regret it later. Thanks for reading!

  • rhinophile January 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I really like your idea of making yourself accountable through sharing what items you plan to sell/recycle/give away. I tend to do the whirlwind purge, which, while it works, is not very methodical! I just managed to send off three large bags of sheets, towels and assorted linen to the op-shop. I only chose items that I would want to buy, inspired by another blogger who said we shouldn’t use op-shops as places to send our worn out goods.

    • tinyambitions January 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Congrats on your purging! I went through the big fast purges at the beginning of my journey. I’ve only gotten more methodical now because I don’t have a lot of ‘stuff’ left! And I completely agree- second hand stores don’t deserve our garbage. Thanks for reading!

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