Post # 31
gialovesshoes41 : all doubles need to go (unless it’s a basic and you use two- like vneck tees or camisoles). Anything that’s damaged that you’re not actually going to mend needs to go. Anything that’s ill fitting or uncomfortable. Anything you haven’t worn in a year or isn’t your style anymore. Anything you just don’t like that much. Be ruthless and push yourself! I’ve made over a grand selling my discards on Poshmark. But if you’re not going to get around to selling then donate.
If you love and use you’re shoes that’s not wasteful. stop buying them though until you wear a pair of yours out of commission.
Then you’re left with a high quality wardrobe of items you wear and love.
Post # 32
Thank you all for your amazing suggestions!
I have now set up a new sideboard which is housing our linens. I got rid of so many freaking towels. I also went through our closet and donated a bunch of things! and threw out torn clothing and socks with no partner. Now I’m working on the shed and wedding decor. Yikes!
I’ve done the bathroom, and thrown out or given away things I have no chance of using up. I left myself with my everyday makeup stuff, I go easy on makeup anyways. As those products run out I think I will replace them with cruelty free products. I used to be a really responsible buyer but I’ve been stressed out and I think I comforted myself with shopping and bought so much crap I didn’t need.
I’m definitely not going extreme, but I think it’s important that everything has a purpose. My husband and I both work in Forestry and are outdoor oriented people so we will likely forever have way more stuff than what we’re using, but we will use all the stuff someday (actually). We have to be prepared for so many changing conditions.
Here’s to a year of tidying up my life, producing less waste and having more time!
Post # 33
Yes! I still have boxes from a move three years ago that I haven’t unpacked. I’m too sentimental to really be a minimalist but I am going to seriously edit my belongings. Thanks to all the posters who providing tips and reading to inspire!
Post # 34
I’m hosting a Live With Less challenge on my blog where the winner at the end of the month will win $100…up to $150 in cash! It’s all about baby steps! I do hope you’ll come and join us! http://embracinghomemaking.net/2017/01/live-with-less-challenge-2017/
Post # 35
outdoorbee : YES YES YES, I am so sick of all the crap in our house. My fi is so one of those “just in case” people and it drives me CRAZY. I want to get rid of everything. lol
Post # 36
LilliV : I’m preparing to move in with my fiance, so yesterday I started going through my closet and my bedroom. I recycled a ton of magazines and documents I felt like I shouldn’t throw away at the time, and filled a large trash bag too. I also started putting aside books I don’t want to keep, and filled two bags with clothes and purses to donate as well. It felt good, but my room looks like it was hit by a tornado! It felt good to be honest about things I will never wear again, like the shoes I’m never going to be comfortable in, or the corduroys that are not flattering. I participated in a cosmetics swap recently and brought way more samples than I left with. I think for me a big resistance to getting rid of things is that it feels wasteful, so knowing that someone wants it and will enjoy it brings me comfort.
Post # 37
mrsptobe2017 : I remind myself that it’s also wasteful to spend my time and energy sorting, storing, organizing, cleaning, and managing more stuff than I need. I donate or give away everything I can, but some trash is just trash. I compare it to eating even though you’re full just because you don’t want to “waste” 3 or 4 bites – since you don’t want or need it you are still wasting it (since it’s not providing nutrition or enjoyment at that point) and using yourself as a garbage disposal in the meantime.
Post # 38
LilliV : That is such a good point, and I never thought of it that way! I think these habits probably stem from how I was brought up- my dad’s parents lived through the Depression and instilled some values or qualities in him that he passed on to me that make it very hard to let go of things, and to not finish the last few bites even if I’m full! I really like your perspective that it’s wasteful either way. It also causes stress and anxiety to feel surrounded by stuff, or ashamed for holding on to things I don’t use or need or even really want. I’m trying to take advantage of moving, and combining lives with my fiance, to really take stock of what I want to bring with me, both in terms of stuff and in terms of habits.
Post # 39
Schmashley : Did it get good? Darling Husband and I couldn’t get through it. lol we found both the guys really unlikable. I feel bad saying that but we couldn’t stay on board. lol but I do want to declutter terribly!!
Post # 40
outdoorbee : I would LOVE to! I have a hard time letting go of items with sentimental value or “potential” value. I recently took a big step by cleaning two bags of items out of my closet. Y
et how on earth is it still full?! I only wear like 30% of it. However, I had lost weight before and sure enough I gained it all back so I have THREE sizes of clothing. I regretted before getting rid of my biggest size because I bought myself a lot of nice clothes to feel better about having gained the weight. And here I am again but with a smaller budget. So if anyone else has dealt with being several sizes over time but keeping a lean closet, please give me all your tips!!! (I have size 10,12 and now 14). I vary between the three over the years and can’t be consistent for some reason. I think it has to do with when I get depressed I gain weight again.
I like all the input here. Great post!