Happy Sunday ya’ll!
Today’s post is a continuation on the topic of minimalism. I'd like to share with you the process I use when getting rid of stuff. Also known as De-cluttering 101. This is especially useful if you are going minimalist or feel the items piling up in your life. I still use this process as a way to keep my goals and minimalist journey on track. Keep in mind that this is a process that I use. Therefore, it may not work for everyone but this seems to be the main process for most people.
So without further ado here's my little process:
1. Set Life Priorities
The only way to get rid of things is to figure out what you want. It is a great starting point for anything really. I’ve been doing this for the past two years and it’s kept my life on track. In my minimalist journey, this was pretty simple. I knew that I wanted to do professional theatre (mostly avant garde and physical theatre), dance, travel, and have a blog on veganism, minimalism, and spirituality (hence this blog). Therefore a majority of the items I would need would be technology and information based. I also knew that my mountain bike, dance shoes, and I would be together forever. I’m serious. I don’t think there’s anything that can separate us. There is also that part about owning a few plays and learning dance routines here and there but you get the point.
2. Begin Sorting Out Stuff
This is the hard part. It is for most people. It means getting honest and real about the wants. It means putting wants into actions. For me it was proof that this minimalist life wasn’t all in my head. That I wasn’t some crazy eighteen year old trying to let go of old baggage.
When doing this step, I suggest sorting out the easy items first like clothes. Or kids toys. Or anything that doesn't match what your values and goals are. This step varies for everyone so take your time. Furthermore, it’s not so hard on your brain and you can work through some of the mental blocks that might be deterring you from getting rid of the larger and more attached items. I also suggest reminding yourself this: “it’s okay. Everything is okay.” There is a reason for things that come and go through your life.
3. Pack It
Yup ya’ll read that right. Pack it out of sight. Set a deadline. If you need one of the items before the deadline, then you still need it. If not, then it’s time to let go. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and it’s always told me the truth.
4. Donate/Sell the Items
This is the most rewarding part. When I gave away or sold my unwanted items, I found a sense of peace knowing it was going to be used by someone else. Even more than that, I found myself letting go. Like actually feeling and experiencing what it was like to let go. That sounds dumb, but it’s true. I was so stuck in a low mindset that I forgot what it was like to be a giving person. To do selfless acts for both ends sakes.
Like I said before, there are many ways to getting rid of old junk especially when going minimalist. Therefore this isn’t the end all, be all of de-cluttering 101. I hope ya’ll have a great day/night! Stay awesome and love yourselves.