Going Minimalist

declutter concept on napkinI never thought of myself as a minimalist, but I feel like I’m moving in that direction.

Having binge-watched a day of HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters, I feel inspired to tackle the job of downsizing our two-story rented townhouse. My husband has been dealing with a case of chronic tendonitis for nearly two years, and we recently decided that we needed to move to a first floor, one-story apartment for him to better cope with mobility issues.

The task is to move from 1800 square feet and a one-car garage to 1300 square feet and no garage. Going through our possessions accumulated over the past 37+ years feels daunting, but doable. We started last weekend with an event at our church. We participated in a “tailgate book swap,” with parishioners loading up their car trunks with any books they were willing to part with. We inspected each others’ collections and took the books that interested us. My husband emptied his trunk–filled with children’s books–and I donated all the leftover books in my trunk to the public library. But that was just phase 1 of the book giveaways. We have literally thousands of books in our home, and this was just a first pass. I think after this first go-round it will be easier to let go.

One couple on Tiny House Hunters explained how they began the purging process. Starting at the beginning of a month, on Day 1, they got rid of (donated, sold, or threw away) one item. On Day 2 they got rid of two items, and each day afterwards increased the number of possessions they disposed of.

That sounded like a good approach. As we come up on a new month, I plan to try it. I’ll let you know how it works out!

What strategies have you used to let go of possessions you’ve had a long time?

-G.

 

2 Responses to Going Minimalist

  1. Remember the book we read called “Clear Your Clutter”? I went through my house with a vengeance after reading that, realizing that many of the things I was holding onto were there for the wrong reasons. I had things I received as gifts that I felt obligated to keep. I had things I purchased but never used. I had many “just in case” kind of items. I had things I really didn’t like. I had things that were not my taste anymore. So, I looked at everything with an eye for “do I really need. want, like this item?” and if I couldn’t come up with a good reason to keep it. I got rid of it. It was the best feeling ever, and then I felt really good afterwards with what remained.

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