Tips To Minimize During The Season Of Maximizing

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

‘Tis the season to shop, spend, give and receive—so why is this a good time to minimize? Although the holidays are notoriously a period of maximizing the items in your home and wardrobe, it’s ironically a fabulous time to take inventory and make some necessary cuts.

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Not only is winter a great time to make some donations to your local homeless shelter, but it’s also a good time to nest, do some “home” work and get rid of the duplicates and extras after a busy holiday season. Here are some great tips to get you started:

1/ Be ready to purge. Although this sounds easy and obvious, our attachment to items and things only becomes more apparent when we are attempting to part ways with them. The best way to do this is to go in to the task with a goal in mind. If I’m going through my home, I like to give myself a goal of getting rid of one box of goods—and in my closet, one full trash bag, or a number, like 10 items. This makes it easier to gauge the things that you really need, and also makes the task feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

2/ It’s time to get rid of the things that are hidden in the back of your closet and cabinets. If you are anything like me, there are things that you never use or wear hidden from eye sight. A great way to help fill that donation box is to get in those kitchen cabinets and donate any canned goods or non-perishable food items to your nearest shelter. Same with your closets. If that dress that you purchased “just in case” or that old winter coat hasn’t been worn for a year or more, it’s probably time to part ways with it. If you are unsure, make a point to wear that item in the next week or so if the season allows and see if you still even like it. Half the time that coat doesn’t fit near as well as you remember.

3/ Get organized and rearrange. Use this purging session as a chance to do some real tidying up. Organize your pots and pans, your Tupperware cabinet (eek) and your dresser drawers. Roll your clothes, stack items by category and even rearrange the items in your cabinets. You will be surprised how refreshing it feels to switch things up.

4/ Don’t forget your fridge and bathroom cabinets. When thinking about purging and minimizing, we often forget about the two places that tend to get the most cluttered. Your fridge is not only a place that can overflow with out-of-date food, but can also be a breeding ground for bacteria if not properly maintained. I stumbled across this visually stunning and waste-free way to keep things in the fridge organized and I can’t wait to try it.

As for the bathroom, who knew we had so many unused and out-of-date beauty products? For things that are so old that they are collecting dust, its best to throw them out rather than run the risk of getting a bad reaction. Starting fresh with the things you use daily and organizing based on order of use will make your morning and night beauty routine your new favorite pastime.

5/ Don’t be afraid of having too little. The fear of not having “enough” will pass—especially when it comes to your wardrobe. Although a capsule wardrobe is a bit dramatic for me personally, it is possible to still be stylish while having less. Especially because it forces you to be creative (Layers! Accessories! Unexpected combos!) with the items that you have. Go ahead—you can do this!

Living a minimalist life and want to share your journey? I want to hear from you! Email for more details. Follow my minimalism board on Pinterest for more tips.

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