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Taking Minimalism Too Far.

Hey guys!

I’ve never been a minimalist, although it is a concept I am interested in. Something that really holds me back from really delving into the world of minimalism is the question “When is the point that minimalism has been taken too far?” “When is minimalism no longer a positive thing and instead has a negative impact on an individual?” “Where and when do you draw the line?”

I think before I really begin being more brutal with my belongings, it’s important for me to think about these questions. I believe that too much of anything is, well, too much. I see everything as a wave – more of something is often better and eventually, you reach the peak of that wave. After the peak, more of said thing only brings more and more negativity. Not to say that this theory is true, but it is how my scientific mind thinks!

So with minimalism, it is important for me to recognise once I am heading past the peak of my… Minimalism wave of happiness?

I think minimalism will begin to be something that brings more negativity than positivity to me with time once I begin getting rid of things that I literally would repurchase. That would just be wasting money, which is wasting opportunity and freedom, which is silly.

I also think minimalism will begin to become something more negative to me than positive when I begin getting rid of things that I have actually put effort into purchasing – things that really do enhance my life and that push me up to a better position than I’d otherwise be in. For example, getting rid of clothes I’ve put a lot of thought into purchasing – clothes that make me feel really confident when I wear them and clothes that I love, would make no sense at all. Doing that would just bring me down to a position of less opportunity to feel confident than beforehand.

I would also be super hesitant about getting rid of any of my Lush products. Although it doesn’t make sense to some people, and although my Lush products do bring me some stress and anxiety, they also bring me a lot of joy. I think not having all of these beautiful products to pamper myself with and then to review would bring me some sadness. They are all my gifts to myself, and help me to feel like I do deserve to be pampered and to spend my money in a way that brings me joy.

Other things I’m super hesitant to get rid of are things I have very strong emotional attachments to. I’ll be the first to admit that this is the area where I hoard the most, and I could definitely stand to get rid of a lot of these items. It’s just some items – like toys from my mother’s childhood that she’s passed down to me, or cinema tickets to films I saw with my partner years ago, that I’d not feel great to part with. I understand that memories will always be memories and that a solid object isn’t required to hold onto good memories. Some things just feel too precious to simply get rid of! It makes me feel so happy when I find those little nik-naks!

There’s also my books that I love, my old school certificates and grades and work… Admittedly, I think getting rid of a lot of things would make me feel pretty down – because most of my belongings do genuinely bring me joy! I don’t think there’s any shame in your possessions bringing you genuine joy. As long as you get rid of the things that you WOULDN’T feel sad to get rid of, the things that would actually bring you more POSITIVITY and FREEDOM to get rid of, then that’s all that matters!

– Storm

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Minimalism – Decluttering Wardrobe

I’m someone who is very, very sentimental toward my belongings. I even find it difficult to get rid of my nasty, cheap, old, stained, discoloured, holey T-shirt that does not fit me anymore, isn’t my style and that definitely does not make me feel confident when I wear it! Why? Because maybe I’ll find myself neglecting doing my laundry for a couple of weeks and find myself in need of an emergency back-up T-shirt. I mean, it’s not THAT nasty, and it’s still a functional T-shirt at the end of the day. Surely getting rid of that T-shirt would bring me sadness, regret and worry, right?

Do you relate to any degree… (Or is this just me?!?)

Well, consider yourself mind-blown, because getting rid of that T-shirt / (insert sentimental unneeded item here) will not make you sad. It will lighten a load off of your mind, and  make you feel a WHOLE lot better.

Why?

 

When you remove the crappy pieces from your wardrobe, you allow your amazing items to shine and in turn, allow yourself to shine. You deserve to always be wearing clothes that make you feel confident.

I’ve decided to practice what I preach, and take my first step to decluttering. I find that out of everything I own, old clothing items bring me the most stress and take away the most from my overall happiness, confidence and peace of mind – so I’ll be decluttering my clothes first. This will be an EXTREMELY difficult, stressful and time-consuming mission. I’ve hoarded so many clothing items just in case. But, you know what? I’m going to feel much more amazing, happy and peaceful afterwards, I just know it 🙂


5 STEPS TO DECLUTTER WARDROBE:

1. Begin by getting all clothing items and putting them in a pile. I just included items I’d try on in a changing room for this step, and will go through my jackets/shoes etc another time. I also have a lot of clothes in my dirty laundry pile, hanging up outside, some in the washing machine, new clothes bagged up that I haven’t blogged about yet etc that I have not included in this pile .

2. Next, separate everthing by its function. (E.g. bottoms, bras, swimming bottoms, dresses/playsuits, tops etc.)

3. Tackle each pile, one at a time. Sort each pile into 2 further piles – things you want / things you don’t want. If you’re having difficulty letting go, ask yourself “How does this item make me unhappy?” Doing that helped me to realize that a lot of my clothes cause me stress! Put all the “want” piles back in your closet.

4. Combine your ‘don’t want’ piles together – or you’ll end up with about 20 different piles! Sort your new ‘don’t want’ pile into clothes to chuck, clothes to sell and clothes to take to your local charity shop. If you have a textiles recycling bank nearby, replace your ‘clothes to chuck’ pile with a ‘clothes to recycle’ pile.

5. Bin anything that isn’t in good enough condition to take to the charity shop (or bag up to take to a textiles recycling bank.) Bag the stuff to be taken to the charity shop and be sure to take everything down there in the morning. Set the ‘clothes to be sold’ to the side so that they can be listed on ebay for people to purchase in the morning, when photos can be taken with natural daylight!


I personally have 52 items in my ‘clothes to be sold’ pile after decluttering!:

– 8 bras (1 sports bra, 2 bikini tops 5 bras)
– 1 swimwear bottoms (swimming trunks)
– 13 one-pieces (12 dresses, one playsuit)
– 12 tops (2 sweatshirts, 1 pajama top, 2 button-ups, 3 crop tops, 1 T-shirt, 3 tank tops)
– 18 bottoms (5 shorts, 1 skirt, 5 jeans, 4 leggings, 2 trousers, 1 dungaree shorts)

I know a lot of this stuff is more suitable to be sold during the summer but honestly, I just want them gone. If they don’t sell then I’ll keep relisting them at lower prices until they do!

Here’s how much I’d make from these items if sold for an average of…:

– £1 per item = £52
– £2 per item = £104
– £3 per item = £156
– £4 per item= £208
– £5 per item = £260

Not bad for just getting rid of some clutter if you ask me! I think I’ll probably try to sell everything on ebay as one bundle, and list it as ‘Collection Only’. Anyway, that’s to be done tomorrow!

I already feel a bit less stressed now from going through my clothes, and I’m sure after I’ve taken some bits to the charity shop and have listed everything on ebay tomorrow I’ll feel even happier 🙂


Are you in need of decluttering or have you decluttered recently? Feel free to leave any tips you have for hoarders like myself below! 

– Storm