Where do I start with Minimalism? That seems to be the most asked question I have seen on any of the pages and groups I am in. I did a survey on my FaceBook page to see what other people had done when they started their journey. The overall consensus was clothes, then the kitchen and in 3rd place was getting rid of duplicates.
For some people this may be to overwhelming, so my advice to you is to start with something small, clean out a night stand,do a kitchen drawer, a basket that you keep all those things that just sort of accumulate, and just get rid of all the things that you haven't used in a long time.
For myself I started with my clothes, I started doing Courtney Carvers Project 333, where you pick out 33 pieces of clothing and only wear those items for 3 months.( I will get more into depth on this subject in my next blog post). Then we started on the kitchen (still a work in progress), it's hard to believe how many things we accumulate over time in our kitchen. We ended up donating boxes of kitchen items to charity. It's so nice now to walk into the kitchen area and see open spaces there, since like most people we spend a lot of time in there. We are by no means nor do we intend to get our kitchen to the true minimalist style, we have 3 teenagers at home and a huge extended family that drops by quite often so it ends up being our social area.
If you find yourself having a hard time letting go of things then maybe try boxing up the items, if in a month or so you haven't had any need for those items then maybe it is time to let them go.
The same could be said for duplicates, when we cleaned out our miscellaneous kitchen drawer we found four rolls of duct tape, we threw out the three smaller rolls and kept one, no point in going out and buying a new roll when we need one, instead we made up a cupboard downstairs for tools, so now we know where to find it if its ever needed.
Here's a before and after of a cabinet we did one night, brought it over from our FaceBook page Minimalism: There are so many levels.
We decided to make the hall cabinet our goal for tonight, here's the before and after. Donating most of the movies and books to a retirement home.
I hope this article will help out some of the newcomers to minimalism, read up as much as you can from different writers and choose what suits you the best.
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