How to Start Decluttering

clothes-hangers-582212_1920I was reading a discussion on Facebook about minimalism and it got me thinking.

In North America there is this big push for people to spend money on deals because of Black Friday. In the last couple years, this American tradition has made its way into Canada to keep Canadian from crossing the boarder to find good deals.

As some of you know, I am on a minimalist journey. I mentioned this in my previous post (Could You Live With Less Stuff)

When I share with people what I am doing, they tell me how they want to purge as well, but they do not know where to start. If you want to start eliminating clutter in your own space, this is what you need to do.

Clean up your clutter by category and work your way down:
1. Makeup
2. Jewellery
3. Purses
4. Hats & Belts
5. Shoes
6. Clothing
7. Books & Stationary
8. Beauty & Hygiene Products
9. Electronics
10. Documents

I found myself cringing as I slowly packed away some items. Only when I made the final decision to part with one of my everyday shirts, I felt sad. Not because it was one of my favourite shirts in my closet, but because it was associated with a memory.

I found it strange to be so emotionally bonded. After all, it was a plain long sleeve shirt. There was nothing extraordinary about it.

Please do not be discouraged if you are having a hard time letting go of your items too. You do not have to do a massive purge the first time. It is fine to take baby steps.

Minimalism is not suppose to make your life harder, it is about making your life easier. It is about changing the way you move through life and helping you have a lighter and more organized living space.

If you are interested in learning more about minimalism or you are looking to start your own minimalism journey. I have shared some videos down below that I enjoyed watching. I hope you do too.

YouTube Watch List
Fabulous Minimalist –  Ambrosia Malbrough
5 Tips for the Minimalist Beginner! – Noelia Lewis
Andrew Mellen on Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Transform Your Life – BlueXtreme Sports
How to Become a Minimalist: 4 Tips for Downsizing and Living with Less – Rosetta Thurman

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