How To Get Rid Of Stuff Like A Minimalist

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I can remember a time when I’d walk around my house, just wishing I could get rid of everything. Everything. I just wanted it gone so I could start over.  A clean slate, and maybe some room to breathe .

If you know that feeling, you also know that no magic decluttering fairy is coming to your rescue. Instead, we have to roll up our sleeves and do the hard work of getting rid of stuff ourselves.

Here are some tips for getting rid of stuff you no longer need, so you can create space for more of what matters.

Before you start randomly going through things, take a few minutes to think about what you’re trying to achieve. Think about form and function.

Get clear about what you want

One thing people struggle with is knowing what to throw away and what to keep. But when you start with the end in mind, you have a compass to guide you.

Evaluate your stuff against your goals

The things we own often reflect our fears, doubts, and regrets—and letting go is hard until we make peace with the past. This is the real secret to getting rid of stuff.

Practice compassionate curiosity and get to the heart of your struggles

It’s a lot easier to get rid of stuff when you know what you’re going to do with it. Decluttering can be overwhelming, but you can make things easier by creating a plan.

What to do with stuff I’m getting rid of?

Do some research about selling, recycling and donating. Be realistic about the time and energy you have available, and then make a decision once about what to do.

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