I admit I embrace the notion of minimalism wholeheartedly. I have KonMari'd myself to a better underwear drawer. I hold to the William Morris tenant "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful".
I'm here to reveal the dirty underbelly of de-cluttering. It creates an unholy mess! Unless you just chuck everything into the bin and say I'm done with it, you have to figure out what to do with all the stuff you have just cleared out of your beautiful closet.
I've been doing minsgame on and off for the last year. It has really helped me clear out a ton of stuff. You commit to a month of clearing away and on day 1 you get rid of 1 item, day 2 you get rid of 2 all the way on to day 31 and 31 things.
- If it does not strike joy and you do not love it then get rid of it
- If it was a gift and you do not like it or you do not like that person get rid of it
- If it costs less then $20 and can easily be replaced then get rid of it
- If you have not used it in over a year then let it go
- If it is broken, out of date, ripped or torn and you will not use it or fix it then get rid of it.
The next step, which is a little challenging is to figure out what to do with it. Here is a little flow chart that can help you decide if you are going to sell, donate or toss it.
Decluttering can lead to a lot of fabulous things. For me it's made me reexamine and slow down on buying new stuff, it clears away a lot of my emotional clutter, and it has made me invest time into making my home feel clean and beautiful.