Hi, friends! I’m super excited to announce that today begins the minimalism series here on Katelyn Blogs. My journey to minimalism began a couple months ago after my husband and I moved into a one-bedroom apartment, signed the lease, and then soon after discovered that we were pregnant! Maybe I’m nesting, but these last several months I’ve been feeling the urge to declutter and get rid of as much un-used and unwanted stuff as necessary.
That’s when I discovered that living a more minimalistic lifestyle doesn’t require having “X” amount of personal belongings or mean living in a pure white space with nothing more than a mattress and a handful of items to your name.
“Minimalism is simply the concept of making do with less. It is an intentional kind of freedom that occurs when you rid yourself of the things you no longer need.”
Clearing up our home of the things that no longer serve us has allowed us to feel more comfortable in our smaller space, and ensure that we are prepared when baby Anderson arrives. Seriously, I can’t tell you how freeing it feels to sell and get rid of the unwanted and unused clutter around our place.
Today I want to share with you nine things that you can declutter in your home right now to help you start living a more intentional lifestyle with less.
1. UNNECESSARY / SPECIALIZED KITCHEN APPLIANCES
We all have them. Quesadilla makers that are still in the box, waffle irons that haven’t seen the light of day in six months. How many novelty kitchen appliances do you have taking up precious space in your cabinets? We had quite a few, ranging from a George Foreman grill that I hadn’t used since freshman year in college to an electric can opener that we just didn’t need. A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in six months, you probably don’t need it. There’s a lot of multi-function kitchen tools that can take the place of these specialized kitchen appliances, anyway.
“If you haven’t used it in six months, you probably don’t need it.”
2. CLOTHES YOU HAVEN’T WORN IN MONTHS
How many clothing items do you still have in your closet that don’t fit right, are too old and worn, or that you just flat-out don’t love? Take them to Goodwill! I completely stripped our closet of all clothes and made three piles. Keep, donate, and trash. Only put the clothes back into the closet that you love and know you will wear.
In the wise words of Marie Kondo, “If it doesn’t bring you joy, get rid of it!
3. DECOR/KNICK KNACKS
I’m super guilty of this one. You guys would laugh if you saw how many little Target dollar aisle knick knacks that I just “had to have” that are now collecting dust in a cardboard box. We often shop as entertainment or to make ourselves feel good, but those impulse purchases are rarely good ideas.
4. EXCESS T-SHIRTS
Having just graduated from college, you wouldn’t believe how many free t-shirts from events and fundraisers that I was still holding onto. I had so many that I was convinced I would use as sleep or workout shirts in the future. But how many of those t-shirts did I use weekly? Three or four, at most. Getting rid of those excess t’s has freed up drawer space that I can now use for my most-used PJ’s. My rule of thumb here is to only keep enough to get you through until you do laundry.
5. EXTRA TOWELS AND BLANKETS
When my husband and I moved into our apartment together, we each brought towels from our old places. We probably had over a dozen towels just between the two of us. Assuming we only use one or two towels a week, we got rid of the majority of those and now have a couple between us plus an extra or two for guests or emergencies.
6. TUPPERWARE THAT DOESN’T HAVE LIDS OR PARTNERS
7. EXTRA COFFEE MUGS
One morning I opened my kitchen cabinet to grab a coffee mug and accidentally sent a few crashing down because of how many I had packed into the cabinets. Call me a hoarder, but coffee mugs are still the one thing I can never resist buying and had the most trouble giving up. However, I still held onto quite a few, because coffee mugs bring me so much joy.
8. EXTRA MAKEUP AND MAKEUP BRUSHES YOU DON’T USE
I spent the last year blogging about beauty products so you can imagine just how many of those I accumulated over that time period…a lot. I invited my mom and sisters over and had them take anything they wanted out of a pile of stuff that either didn’t work too well for me or I didn’t want anymore. I didn’t have to feel guilty about getting rid of things and they got to try out some new products!
Now, about the makeup brushes…I had so many that I just didn’t use on a daily basis that I got rid of as well. I’ve been making it my mission to buy less so that I can focus on quality over quantity, meaning that the makeup brushes I allowed myself to keep were the ones that are going to last me a long time and be the most versatile.
9. EXTRA NOTEBOOKS
If you’re a stationary/notebook junkie like me, odds are you have way too many cute notebooks that you bought one day, wrote a couple things in, then completely forgot about. Allow yourself to keep a couple for future use, then get rid of the rest.
Hopefully starting to get rid of these nine common things that most of us have way too much of will provide you with some momentum to help you begin your journey to living a more minimal lifestyle.
Which one of these items do you have way too much of? Share with me down below! Stay tuned for part two of the minimalism series here on Katelyn Blogs.