I believe that each person has their own interpretation of what Minimalism is. I'll share with you what I have found satisfaction in, without becoming extreme or even labeling myself "minimalist."
First, I found the definition of the word, minimum. This may seem silly; however, it is key to knowing how to implement this way of thinking, purchasing, and decluttering your life and space in a number of ways.
Min-i-mum (n.) the smallest or least amount of quantity possible, attainable, or required.
Min-i-mum (adj.) smallest or lowest.
With that being said, I've done my own research to acquire my own values within this lifestyle. You'll need to decide if you're going "all-in" or not before implementing.
So, here's what I did- I started condensing...smaller and smaller and smaller amounts of what I have. I started with my t-shirts; a challenge because I have an absurd amount of t-shirts. Then, dress and work clothing.. shoes. You get the picture. You'll want a bag or multiple bags (preferably not plastic) for donating what you're not keeping.
Condensing in the Kitchen is the real challenge. That tupperware cabinet is probably overflowing and stacked just right, isn't it? Well, not anymore! If you haven't used it in awhile you should probably donate it.
One of the most rewarding things I've done to minimize clutter in my life is through social media. As you go through your feed and realize you're just scrolling and scrolling through things you don't truly care about; you'll want to purge your mind of that as well. I promise, its okay to "unfollow," it's okay to report ads that you don't want to see anymore, and it is okay to use your media for the purpose you want...not to satisfy other's emotional and aesthetic needs.
You will be surprised at the number of things you really need to rid yourself of if you choose to implement this lifestyle. Plus, think of all of the individuals that truly need the things that you're never wearing or using! I will challenge you to purge your closet or dresser of t-shirts. That is where I started and I am so very thankful I did! Let the minimizing begin!!
Olivia Been. Early twenties. Aspiring event planner and lover of all things floral.