Minimalism is on the rise, perhaps as a response to the over-busy lives many of us lead. When you take into account the time spent on maintenance and care of our belongings, some of them seem to own us versus us owning them. It’s no wonder then that many people seem to be questioning whether they really need so much stuff!
If you’re thinking about down-sizing your material possessions, I’m sure there are many people that would be grateful to have the items that are in good repair and condition. Check with local missions, half-way houses and homes for battered women & children to see if they need the items you are parting with.
Perhaps an easy first place to start down-sizing would be your clothes closet. Sorting your clothes and accessories into piles/boxes labelled Must Keep, Donate & Dump will provide a number of benefits, including:
- It will be easier to decide what to wear. Carrie Bradshaw? Not stylish any more.
- It will cost less to maintain your remaining items.
- Keeping items that can be mixed and matched will help you maximize your outfit options!
- You can more easily develop a “personalized uniform” with neutrals and a few statement pieces. Not that you dress the same every day, but your “style” may be consistent.
- Do you wear all those shoes? If they are NOT comfortable, but are in good condition, put them in the “Donate” pile!
- Accessories can give the items in your thinner closet a bigger impact! Keep just the accessories that provide an impact…no need to keep everything you’ve collected.
- Having less stuff in your closet will make it easier for you to keep it organized which means it’ll be easier for you to find specific items.
When sorting the items from your closet, remember the old rule; “If you haven’t worn it in 6 months or a year, you don’t need it!”
Great Pacific Escrow Team