Using the KonMari Method

Now that I’ve officially gone through all of my things and kept the ones that spark joy, I’ve been focusing on tidying and organizing. I started minimalism before learning about the KonMari Method so I didn’t sort through my items in that way but I am using her folding and organization techniques! But today I’m going to introduce you to my friend Amanda. Amanda is a lifestyle Youtuber and vlogger that had questions for me about minimalism and sorting through her clothes. I nearly fell over in excitement! This post will show you how we started the KonMari Method with sorting through and folding clothes.

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The great thing about the KonMari Method is that you are organizing and decluttering by category, not space. I went over the basics with Amanda and then asked that we gather all her clothes and put them in a pile on her bed. As you can see in the pictures here, she had quite a large pile!

 

After we gathered all her clothes, I told her to go through each item and ask herself if it sparked joy. One of Amanda’s concerns was that she was wanting to lose weight so there were a few clothing items that no longer fit her and some she wanted to keep. Another friend of mine, also looking into the “sparking joy” concept, had mentioned the same thing about wanting to lose weight for their clothes. I told Amanda the same thing I told my friend – if the item still sparks joy for you then keep it! The other thing to think about with these items is if you’re keeping it because you like it or if you’re using it as motivation to lose weight. Things we generally save to motivate us to do something don’t actually motivate us. We use it as an excuse to keep it or feel validated in the decision to keep it. For example, last fall I lost about ten pounds. I’ve already purchased new pants and got rid of ones that were now too big. However, I can’t let go of my shorts just yet. I wasn’t planning on losing weight and I’ve been doing what I can to gain some back. All my shorts bring me joy but not all of them fit me. So, my plan is to keep them until spring/summer arrive and if they are still too big then they’ll be donated! You can always find similar clothing items at any time and you’ll probably find an item that looks and fits better on you too! It’s a win all the way around.

In the end, here was everything Amanda found that did not spark joy for herself. This included all different kinds of clothing, shoes, accessories, and purses. We separated what was in the bags by what she wanted to sell, donate, and throw away.

 

After we sorted through all of her clothing and accessories, it was time to fold and organize! We kept her jackets, sweaters, and nicer shirts hung up in her closet. The rest of her shirts, pants, and shorts were folded and put in the dressers. When we started putting away all her clothes, Amanda was in awe with how much her room had changed! In the pictures below, you can see how much nicer her clothing looks and how much easier it will be to find items. I realized after this whole process that I forgot to take a before picture of her closet! To paint a picture for you, it was squished from end to end with clothes, making it impossible to find items easily. There were also so many clothes hanging that the wooden pole started to bend!

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Talking with Amanda afterwards, we both could sense a completely different energy in her room. It was less cluttered and everything was perfectly in the right place! She is now reading a copy of Marie’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing to continue her KonMari Method journey!

You can check out Amanda’s Youtube here!

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Marie Kondō Book Review

If you’ve been keeping up with my journey or are just learning about minimalism, then this is a definite book you should read. It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō. Does her name sound familiar? She has a new show on Netflix! If you’ve started watching it, I recommend reading her books! Marie Kondō created a tidying method of her own and has a widely large clientele where she assists people in cleaning and organizing their homes. In this book, you’ll learn about her method, clients she’s assisted, and how you can achieve a tidy and stress free home.

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My review is as follows:

I enjoyed reading this book. I found that a lot of things that she mentioned to do I was already doing! While I continued to read, it made me want to start cleaning and purging right away but I made myself finish the book before going any further with the process.

I’ll admit I did skip some parts here and there as they did not pertain to me(ie: keeping manuals, living with large families, etc)

One thing I really enjoyed was her explaining the process in which you should tidy your things – starting with clothes, books, and then going down the line of everything else. Reading it made so much sense to me and made sense to the fact that even tidying in this order can create less stress about it. I’ve been putting it to the test and have been thoroughly impressed.

Before reading this book, my only basis to declutter and organize was to hold the items and ask “Does this spark joy?” I would fly around my room and look at everything I could visibly see and just start discarding. With the new method found in this book, it became a lot easier to sort and discard by category rather than place. It also made the process go a lot faster.

From start to finish I always felt motivated and inspired to start tidying more. Something I really loved was that she stated she is a self-proclaimed lazy person yet she keeps her space tidy and organized. All you need to do is find your balance and what works best for you and you can achieve the perfect environment for your house and yourself.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I intend to keep it around to look back as a guideline and to keep myself motivated to stay clutter free for life!

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As for her Netflix show, if you haven’t started this yet I also recommend it! Something I found really helpful in the show is that she shows you how to fold your clothing. Her method is listed in her book however I’m a visual learner so I didn’t really understand the concept. Watching her actually do it on her show has been life-changing. I actually look forward to folding my clothes now!

 

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Decorating: Minimalist Style

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I love home decor and decorating. I’ve had my bedroom style change so much over the years and while I loved each one, I never felt completely at home. Sometimes you walk into a room and it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t give you the right energy. Thinking back to all my previous rooms I definitely had a lot of stuff around. I had posters and pictures all over the walls, furniture, dolls, etc. I definitely had no concept of minimalism back then. When I first moved to California I was still in high school and obsessed with The Hunger Games. I had everything: movie posters, magazines, signed posters, pictures…you get it. All of that covered my walls and including all my regular decor. Since then, my style has changed and the amount of things in my room has dwindled down. I believe that with many different moves, I got tired of having to pack up everything, unpack, decorate, and then take it down again. It’s exhausting! In the condo I currently live in, I finally feel at peace with my room. I still keep decorating here and there to complete my aesthetic but I’ve never felt more comfortable in my bedroom before!

Decorating your home can be tough as a minimalist. If you search for a minimalist room you’re bound to find a lot of white walls, limited furniture, and a few pictures or plants. As I’ve said before, there’s no correct way to be a minimalist. It’s whatever brings you joy to your life! Me personally, I hate having empty wall space so I make sure to utilize as much of it as I can. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Use what you have. I do urge you to use some decor that you already have as it saves you money and makes your room a little more special! However, situations can change. Two years ago I purged almost all of the decor in my room. I had gotten out of a long-term relationship and had so much negative energy surrounding me and my room. The more I thought about it the more I realized that all the decor I had was everything to do with my ex. I wanted a room that was specifically ME. So I do approve that if you need that change – GO FOR IT!
  2. It’s OK to have stuff. The goal of minimalism is not to get rid of everything and have a bland room. The goal is to let go of things that don’t bring you joy anymore; to cleanse your house and your emotional well being of any negativity. I purged through some of my books but there are still a bunch that I want to keep! I love rereading them or they have sentimental value to me. They still bring me joy so they stay! As long as you are happy with the outcome, that’s all that matters!
  3. Purge before decorating. If you started minimalism already then by now you should have gone through most of your items and purged what doesn’t bring you joy. If you’re reading this now and are interested in minimalism, then I urge you to purge! Going through all your items will be extremely beneficial for you. You may find some decor you’d like to use or find something to DIY! There are endless possibilities out there for you!

Now ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve been waiting for! Here is what I recently did to redecorate my room.

The dresser: I originally had my dresser in my closet because I didn’t like having so much furniture out in my room space. I kept it that way for well over a year and finally I had enough. I started hating having the dresser in my closet as it was hard to get some clothes and my closet felt way more unorganized and cluttered. So out it came! I didn’t want to leave the top bare but wasn’t completely sure what to do with it. I knew I wanted more plants so I got myself a new succulent and cactus. Their spot on the dresser gives them the most sunlight in my room. The vase in the middle was a gift from my dad. Originally it was on my nightstand but I love this arrangement so much better! The seashells and rocks I added because they just fit so well! They originally were laid out on my bookshelf and looked completely out of place. My soap stone jewelry dish, a gift from my mom, was also added to the top along with my copy of Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. When I look at my dresser now everything is so perfectly placed and it brings me such a peaceful energy when I look at it.

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Wall shelves: When I first added the shelves I used them to hold my plants. They did well but definitely did not get enough sunlight. I was unsure what to put there so I went to Target and decided to peruse. I found the picture frame and fell in love with it! It’s so simple and fits my aesthetic perfectly(all I need now is the perfect picture!) I did one more walk through in the decor section and happened to come across this decorative vase. I instantly fell in love! It’s so cute and fits my color scheme so it was a must have! The top shelf is a work in progress but I do like what’s there now. The candle is from Gypsy Vine Co and it smells amazing! The “No New Friends” was a Christmas gift from one of my close friends and it’s just too cute to not display! I have a feeling I’ll add something else to the top shelf eventually but for now it’s perfect!

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—————————————————————————————————————————————–Trying to purge and redecorate can get overwhelming when you start this path of minimalism. You’re creating a whole new life for yourself! It’s a new way of thinking and living. Like I said, my room is still a work in progress and that’s okay! It’s taken me quite a while to figure out what I truly wanted it to look like. We constantly change as people and what we want in our lives. I always had a basic idea of what I wanted my room to look like but couldn’t really piece it together. Pinterest is a helpful site when you’re looking for ideas. I surfed through there for so many hours just looking at different room ideas and seeing what really grabbed my attention and what I aspired my room to look like. In the end, my room is completely my own! It may have the qualities of someone else’s but everything in here I’ve handpicked for myself and fallen in love with. It’s an amazing feeling and knowing that only a few things and the experiences with it give me so much joy makes all of this worth it. Once my room is finally complete I’ll share pictures in a new post – stay tuned!

Minimalists + Gifts

We’ve reached the first week into the new year! By this time all gifts have been exchanged between families, friends, and coworkers. Decorations have been put away and you’re starting to get back into your work mode. I can assume that there are gifts still lying around that you haven’t put away quite yet. Perhaps it’s because you don’t necessarily need the gift. Being a minimalist can be tricky business when it comes to receiving gifts. You may like the item but not need it or you simply don’t like it. So what do you do with it? In previous years, if I received these kinds of gifts, I would stash them in a place where they’d “belong”. Received some lip gloss? It went in a random bathroom drawer. Article of clothing I didn’t like? Shoved it in some corner of my closet only to be seen again in a few years.

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So what are we supposed to do now? Get rid of the gift. 

Okay, that came off a little harsh but it’s true! You appreciate the gift but it unfortunately serves no purpose in your life or fits your lifestyle. So why keep it? Why let it go to waste and collect dust? There are plenty of options out there and all of them are okay! Let’s begin.

 

  1.  Return it. Did you receive a gift receipt? Awesome! This is the easiest way to take care of an unwanted gift. This gives you a chance to go to the store and either find something you like/need or gives you an opportunity for store credit that can be used in the future.
  2. Sell it. This one can make you feel a little guilty but I promise it’s okay! Let’s say you received a jacket that didn’t fit you. There was no gift receipt and the person who gave it to you no longer has a receipt for it. There are plenty of apps, websites, and stores you can go to to sell any unwanted items(not just presents!) You can either get something in return or get cash that can be used elsewhere! An added bonus? This item will eventually be purchased by someone else who will love and appreciate it! Win-win!
  3. Re-gift it. Make sure to use this one wisely. You may already feel guilty about not wanting to get rid of this gift so make sure you aren’t re-gifting it to the person who gave it to you. I am 100% a fan of re-gifting. Throughout my many moves I’ve found so many things that I never opened or used. I’ve sold or given away things but I’ve also re-gifted some items! It does help save you some time and money but it also lets you bring happiness to someone else. The item was not useful to you and just sat in storage for who knows how long!? Now it has a chance to be out in the world and appreciated by someone who really needs or wants it!
  4. Save it. For minimalists, this kind of goes against what we want to work towards but I cheat with this rule every now and then. If you know it’s something you’re going to need in the future and will use it, save it! I’ve stated in a previous post that I have some tupperware and other kitchen items saved in storage. Is it taking up some space? Absolutely. Am I going to need these for when I move out? DUH. I was reading a minimalist post once where they said to go ahead and get rid of them because it’s an item that can be purchased in the future when you actually need it. Look, I get it. It eliminates some space but some people are not financially able to do that. Why would I donate a perfect condition tupperware set just to buy another one in a few months to a year!? Madness. You know what else I have in storage? Plates. My brother and I went in on my mom’s Christmas present together this year and got her a new dining plate set. So what did she do with the old sets we had? She gave them to me and my brother. They definitely aren’t the kind of plates I aspire to have but they’re free and that’s one less thing to worry about when finding a new apartment! Into storage they went and it’s another thing I can cross off my list.

 

There you have it! I have used all 4 of these tips since becoming a minimalist and dealing with the birthday and holiday seasons. If you’re anything like me, I know you’ll have some guilt at first. You’ll just need to keep the positive thoughts in your head! The item was meant to be used and loved. If you’re not going to be that person then it deserves to find the perfect owner!

How I Shop Differently as a Minimalist

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone and holiday shopping continues. I have about half of my Christmas gifts purchased and plan on finishing the rest this week.

In one of my posts about my trip to LA, I had mentioned the items I had bought. As I continue minimalism, I’ve noticed so much of a change in my shopping habits.

The other day I was hanging out with my boyfriend and he mentioned some items that he wanted in the future. Every item he rattled off was expensive, hi-tech, and name-branded. With each mention of these items, I found that I had zero connection to the same wants. Perhaps it’s because I’ve become minimalist and have a new way for my life or perhaps it’s because I used to be that person that wanted the expensive, name-brand items.

My first job in California was at a thrift store. We bought and sold clothes that other people brought in. In order for me to become a good buyer for the store I needed to know the brands and the trends. I wanted to be really good at my job so I did my research. I found what people really liked and what these big brands were. It was really different for me especially coming from a small town in Minnesota. I truly believe that this job started my downfall in fashion. Don’t get me wrong – I love fashion. I love posting my outfits and I love helping my friends and family with their styles. But because I was brand obsessed, that became my main focus. I wanted only Michael Kors bags. I wanted True Religion jeans. I wanted cute Brandy Melville clothing. I ended up leaving the thrift store after a few years and started at a new retail store. There was a different policy here – no bags allowed. This is the case for many companies as it helps reduce employee theft. I had a beautiful beige Michael Kors crossbody at the time. It went with everything and it really did give me so much joy. However with this new policy, I soon got tired of having to transfer things from my purse to a clear plastic backpack just so I could go to work. Soon I stopped using my crossbody entirely. This was the start to my end of brand name items. It wasn’t until I left retail that I started to realize I didn’t actually need any of these things. I began my career again in veterinary care where my uniform was scrubs. I had no reason to keep up with fashion trends or worry about putting together different outfits everyday. And because I was wearing scrubs every day, I started to value the outfits I was putting together when I was going out with friends or just running errands.

I continued to shop as I normally would have (minus big brands) and had so many clothes piled up in my closet. It’s still a work in progress, as I constantly change my style, but I am very proud of where I am at today and the new shopping habits I’ve picked up. Here are some things that I’ve learned along the way:

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  • Understanding Brands
    • I told you that I used to be brand obsessed. I felt like it gave me a certain status and anything below these brands were unacceptable. There are only two items out of my whole wardrobe that I have splurged on. That would be my Dooney & Burke small crossbody and wallet. I bought these about a year ago and it was because I decided to treat myself. The purse I had before I used for quite some time and picked it up for $5 at a thrift store. A lot of the times, people think that because it’s a huge name brand and that it’s expensive means it’s great quality. Sometimes that’s not always the case. There’s also the fact to keep in mind that you can get the same item at the same quality for a much cheaper price. I mentioned that I loved True Religion jeans. They were super cute, fit my body type at the time, and also lasted for a really long time. Over time I realized I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on jeans and the fit wasn’t working for my body anymore. Now I get my jeans from American Eagle. They are reasonably priced and they LAST. My oldest pair right now is about 5 years old and you would never know it! The latest pair I bought is already 3 years old and in perfect shape.
  • Needs or Wants
    • This may sound weird but I think I was destined to be a minimalist. Looking back, I had the same fundamentals and values but never knew how to completely discipline myself. It was always when I had my items and stood in the long line for the cash register that I would start contemplating my purchase. The longer I stood there the more I looked at my item(s) and realized that it wasn’t worth waiting any longer for. I’d get out of line, place the piece back, and leave the store. I’ve done that several times throughout my adult life and have never regretted that choice. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve put so much thought into every purchase I continue to make. Understanding the needs and wants for yourself are extremely crucial. For example, when fall and winter rolls around, I love seeing all the sweaters on display. I already have several sweaters but seeing new ones in different styles and colors is tempting. I’ve reached a place with myself now where I can appreciate the article of clothing and continue my trip without purchasing it.
  • Understanding Sales
    • Sales are a dark hole that should be avoided when necessary. Stores put the sales there so you buy more than you need because, hey!, it’s on sale and cheap. Some sales however can be extremely beneficial if it’s for something you need. When I go shopping, I generally stay away from the clearance sections. Everything ends up there at some point but you’ll find a lot of outdated items. You’ll also find things, like a shirt, that aren’t your style but because it’s so cheap you’ll buy it anyway. You’ll wear the item once and then it ends up in a corner never to be seen or worn again. The key is to stick with your favorite brands and know when their sales are. In a lot of blog posts about saving money, you’ll find that they’ll tell you to unsubscribe from store’s mailing lists. While I fully support this idea, it’s also not a bad thing to stay on mailing lists for stores you really enjoy. It’s a great way to get coupons and find out about sales going on in store or online. There are a few stores that I still subscribe to and just because I’ve subscribed to them doesn’t mean I’m using every coupon or sale they send to me.
  • Buying in Bulk
    • A majority of my shopping is done online. I hate going to the mall and being in large shopping crowds. If I do have to go to the mall I have to mentally prepare myself days in advance. My main website is Amazon and I do pay for Amazon Prime so I can get my items faster. But let’s say I needed to get a pair of jeans. I usually check the store’s website to see how much I would need to spend for free shipping. After knowing that, I wait to purchase until I need multiple things so I can take advantage of the free shipping and other deals they may have. This saves me money by waiting for things I actually need instead of trying to find something to bump myself up for free shipping. It also eliminates the need for me to place multiple orders.

 

Living in California has been a new challenge for me. I never cared about brands or fashion until I moved here and realized that that is a major part of the culture here. I easily and quickly got swooped into the belief that to be successful and to show your status it was essential to have all these things. Trying to get the new and shiny electronics or the newest fashion trend didn’t make me happy. It made me anxious and depressed because I felt like I was behind or not good enough if I didn’t have them. I live my life so comfortably now and okay with knowing that I don’t need all these things. My iPhone is most certainly not a newer model and my laptop is a Google Chromebook I purchased 5 years ago. Both run smoothly and I have no desire to spend money for a new model when these work perfectly well.

When I write these posts I don’t urge for you to become minimalists. I urge that you rethink the importance of things in your lives. Are you truly happy and if not what can you do to change that? Our lives are short, fast and should be lived happily – not stressed over new things or what our hard earned money can buy.

 

I challenge you the next time you go shopping to hold each item in your hand for five minutes. Imagine it in your life, walk around with it, connect with it. Do you need it? Does it spark joy?

Leave comments below and discuss!

Items I bought in LA

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“Does this spark joy?” If you’ve done research on minimalism then you know this a common phrase you should ask yourself. When going through your items to decide if you want to keep them or not, you are to hold each item and see if you have any emotion to it. I’ve found this extremely helpful while cleaning and organizing my things. Just recently I was cleaning out a storage bin and found a key chain with my name on it. I remember the exact time and place I had purchased it but when I held it in my hands, I had no feeling towards it. It was a great memory and experience but I had not used the key chain in years and had no intention of using it again. Another thing I found in the bin was a painting of a volleyball and a drawing of Rolie Polie Olie I had done in the 8th grade. I can’t remember the last I had them out on display but seeing them and holding them in my hands gave me a rush of emotions. I am in no way, shape, or form an artist. My art teacher had worked well with me and extended my deadlines to give me extra time to work on my projects. In the end, my painting received a good grade and the drawing was displayed in the art showcase in the school hallway. These I found acceptable to keep, and in storage, because they still bring happiness to my life when I see them.

Alright, so I think you’ve got the basics of it, yes? Moving on!

My recent trip to Los Angeles was my first vacation since becoming a minimalist so I thought I’d share the items that I bought and why!

First off, a huge majority of my money went towards transportation, food, and experiences.  I can honestly say that I had no problem swiping my card or pulling out cash for any of things that I purchased – even food. During the trip I realized that this is why I wanted to become a minimalist. I wanted to experience this place I’d never been to before. I wanted to try all the food I could that I wasn’t able to get back home. I wanted to go to all these different places and experience as much as I could. 

My purchases in Los Angeles are as follows:

  • Beetlejuice earrings from Hot Topic
    • Browsing around City Walk after a day at Universal, we went into Hot Topic. They had a Beetlejuice section, as it’s the 30th anniversary, and I fell in love. These earrings caught my eye right away and are a style that I like very much. It was an instant purchase and I’ve received so many compliments by wearing them! This one passes as an acceptable purchase because it’s something I wear frequently and it gives me joy every time I wear them.

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  • Sweet Pumpkin Crunch Body Scrub from Nectar Bath Treats
    • Nectar Bath Treats is an extremely cute store. I looked at their website and it doesn’t list any store locations but you can order items! If you do get a chance to see this store though I highly recommend it! All the products are vegan and handmade. But the best part? They all look like desserts! Macaroons, pies, ice cream – you name it! While browsing, an associate told us about their body scrubs and had us try some samples. Right before the trip I just happen to run out of my scrub and was very pleased with theirs so I bought one! It’s kept my skin super smooth and the smell is amazing! After using it frequently for the last couple of weeks, I can honestly say I won’t be purchasing body scrubs anywhere else!

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  • Cat Ring from the CatCafe Lounge
    • If y’all know me then you know I’m obsessed with rings. It’s my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear. I have a total now of 7 rings that I wear every day and all are very special to me. While visiting this cafe I saw that they had cat jewelry and apparel. The jewelry caught my eye right away and the ring was so simple and beautiful. Another fun fact about it: The woman who makes the jewelry gives the proceeds to help cats be spayed and neutered – how amazing is that!? I purchased the ring because it was very cute and fit perfectly on my thumb(where I happen to be wanting another ring) and knowing that the money goes to a great cause makes it that much worth it to purchase.

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  • Tank Top from the CatCafe Lounge
    • My second purchase here was a tank top. I love anything cat related, as you can tell by my above purchase, and I love supporting small businesses. This shirt is everything I live by and so it was absolutely fitting for me to get. It’s also a great reminder of an experience I had with some beautiful cats(who are all up for adoption!)

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And there you have it! Outside of food and travel, I only purchased 4 items my entire Los Angeles trip. Before I would have bought everything I liked or get a bunch of souvenirs. Now that I’ve started this new lifestyle as a minimalist, I know that many purchases I would have made would have brought me joy at the beginning but would have no real impact on my happiness in the long run. It also saved up money that I used for other things like trying new foods or drinks and not feeling guilty for spending that money.

Minimalist Journey: Storage Cleaning

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This last Sunday I went through all my outdoor storage. Our apartment balcony was having work done for three months so it was a relief to finally go out there and clean the area, especially with my new journey!

The timing that I decided to look through my storage was perfect, actually. A few days before, I had scrolled through and read a post about minimalism and decluttering. The person who wrote it was for decluttering but not the full mindset of minimalism. Basically, she was stating that minimalists are all rich people and able to throw out what they want with zero consequence. I continued to read on and her post was giving step by step instructions on how you can be a minimalist when you have a low income. Reading this post I felt a little upset with the author. It seemed that she didn’t have the full grasp of minimalism at all.

Now, living in California, it’s extremely expensive. I have a wonderful job that pays me very well but when a studio apartment alone can be $2,000 here…your check goes FAST. I understood her points that when you have a low income, you can’t always afford to get rid of extra clothes or Tupperware lying around. But remember what I said it my first post about minimalism? There are no rules. Everyone lives different lives and minimalism is what YOU want it to be!

That being said, some of her post did stick with me while I cleaned out my storage. There are some things, depending on you or your situation, that you do need to keep in storage until you’re ready for it. For instance, while cleaning mine, I found a bunch of Tupperware and kitchen pans. I have no use for them right now since I share an apartment with my mother but someday I’ll move out and will need them! So instead of donating them now and having to buy more in the future, it’s more cost effective for me to keep them in storage.

I actually did get rid of a lot of stuff though. I had two plastic bins filled with things from my previous moves so it was definitely time to look through and purge.

Here’s what I got rid of:

  • A set of electronic candles
  • Small cork board
  • Shower curtain
  • Bathroom set(toothbrush holder, glass, and soap dispenser)
  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Lamp
  • DVD stand
  • DVD player
  • Sweaters
  • Mugs
  • Printer

These were all very easy to toss out. Since moving to this new apartment, I had replaced my shower curtain, bathroom set, rings, and lamp so keeping doubles was not necessary. The rest were other items I just never use or needed so into the donation pile they all went.

It felt so great seeing the outdoor storage room completely organized and decluttered! It’s not an eyesore anymore and it’s so much easier to find everything. Do I miss anything I donated? NOPE. Taking everything to the donation center felt so freeing mentally and physically. I have more space for things that matter and once I move again, I’ll have less to go through and pack!