When I meet people who know about my lifestyle, I usually get a lot of "oh my god, I'm trying to do that too" followed by a ton of questions! I usually hear that some of you have a hard time letting go of possessions or that you're overwhelmed and don't know where to to start. Sound familiar?! I was there myself before I decided to make the leap and I'm here to tell you- GET OVER THE HUMP! To get anywhere in life, you have to take the first step. Here are a few tips on getting started.
- Let go of the things you own that own you
This is by far the hardest emotionally. You have to get real and get honest about everything you own. If you are holding on to things from 20 years ago that you haven't used in 19 years, its time to let go. If you have more clothes than you know what to do with, its time to let go. If you have shoes that just sit and look pretty in your closet but don't ever get worn, its time to let go! The root cause of your discomfort with your space, or your life, is not what you own. We have to realize is that we buy things and have things because they fill a void that we have not figured out how to fill spiritually. When we realize this, its easier to let go and create more peace and harmony. But first, LET GO.
- Embrace Space
Take a look at any magazine or picture of a beautiful space in a house and what do you see? I'll tell you what you DON'T see- clutter! Things take up space, and the more things you have the less space you can enjoy. This is also true internally. Once you have gone through step one above, you will start to see more space. Take a moment and sit with it. How does it make you feel? Allow yourself some time to be with the feeling. Look around you and embrace the space
Ok, Now down to logistics!
- Sell, Trade, Recycle, Repurpose
Once you start your decluttering process, make a pile to sell, trade, or giveaway. I personally really enjoy giving things away so I do that more often than not, but perhaps you are motivated by cash and really like seeing your old items or clothes flip for a small profit! Recycling and repurposing would be along the lines of furniture and glass items. Every time I buy something at the grocery that is not fresh I try to make sure it is in a glass container. I do this so I can repurpose it later once its all used up. I also like to get things I can recycle, such as things made of paper or cardboard. I try to avoid plastic at all costs, but you can reuse or recycle plastic as well. I have become super creative with a whole host of things that I have reused and recycled so I know for a fact that it can indeed be done! Let me know if you want me to do a video on this in the comments below and I can show you how.
- Multipurpose EVERYTHING
Purchase or Own items that have more than one use as much as possible. This can be a table that doubles as storage, or a mirror that doubles as a jewelry holder. Ikea and Etsy are great resources for ideas on what to get or how things can be multi-purposeful. In my space, for example, we use a large chest as storage for our clothes and it doubles as a couch/sitting area. We also have a mini chest by our front door that doubles as a shoe holder and a chair. There are really a ton of things that are multipurpose and will help declutter your life.
This may be a long term plan rather than a right-away step, but do try and downsize IF you live in a space that has more room than you need. Notice that I didn't say want, because the ego loves to tell us what we want. Theres a difference between needing 5 rooms and 3 bathrooms and wanting it! For myself, I realized I didn't need a gigantic living room that I only used 1/3rd of daily and a massive kitchen that I didn't even use all the way. I also didn't need the high rent, lets be real! So be clear with yourself, what do you need? This step requires a bit more action but its definitely worth it. This also does not have to do with housing, it can be in your possessions too. In my house I only have a few utensils, a few pots and pans, a few blankets, etc. Think Minimal
Let me know if this was helpful and if you have applied these into your own life in the comments below! I have many more tips so if you like this and want more let me know!