Minimalist living always seems easier when you’re reading about someone else’s success story. But when it comes to purging your own home, you suddenly find a reason to keep anything and everything—even that sweater your grandma gave you ten years ago because she gave it to you. As hard as it may seem, there are actually a few awesome tips you can follow to purge your home and be that much closer to living a freer life. Examine and consider these easy ways to become a minimalist—from donating the items so you know they’ll make a difference, to setting your own rules for what the lifestyle means. Check them out!
Set Your Goals
This is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself if you’re trying to transition to a minimalist lifestyle. Everyone’s version of minimalism may look different and that’s okay. Marie Kondo’s idea of purging everything in the home that doesn’t bring you joy may not work for you—that’s okay. You have to decide what you deem a minimalist lifestyle and then go on from there. Maybe minimalism for you really comes into play with the state of your home. Maybe by minimalism you mean that you are limiting the items you bring into the home—decide what it is and stick to it.
If you’re someone who wants to embrace the minimalist lifestyle in regard to the home, then ridding duplicates is essential. Believe it or not, you don’t need 20 different cups in the cupboard. Depending on how many people there are in the home, you really only need about two or three cups per person. Therefore, if you only have two people in the house, then there needs to be only six cups in the cupboard. When you start cutting down on duplicates, you’ll notice that a lot of the clutter around the home starts to clear out.
Donate Items You No Longer Need
One thing that often keeps people from reaching their minimalist goals is that they don’t want to donate items that have meaning. But sometimes sentimental items need to be released, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Any items that you don’t need can be donated and used by people who need it more than you. Someone else could benefit from the sweater from Grandma—someone else could wear that every day, and you haven’t touched it in years. Better yet, when you donate to an organization like GreenDrop, those clothing items and donated home goods will turn into monetary contributions to one of our charity partners that you choose, such as the American Red Cross.
Bring Less In
Another effective way to achieve the minimalist lifestyle is to simply bring fewer items into your living spaces, closet, pantry, and work. The more you can curtail your “bringing in” habit, the more of an impact you’ll have on the material clutter in your life.
You can turn to GreenDrop for your home goods and clothing donations. We’ll take those items and make sure they’re given to people who need them and then turn that into a monetary contribution for your chosen charity partner. We want to support you in the lifestyle changes you’re making. Schedule a donation pick-up or drop-off!
Disclaimer: With the coronavirus pandemic, all our donation services are paused. We will reopen all services and operations when authorized by the respective government authorities.