Clean Out your Closet| Minimalism Series

A few weeks ago I shared my fifteen day minimalism challenge and every single point on the list was tested by me, and it not only works, but it also makes you feel really good after finishing it. Now it’s the time to let you know a bit more of my experience with each one of these challenge points.

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Starting with cleaning out your closet. This might be one of the most difficult points for a lot of people, but there’s a way of making it easier.

First of all it’s important that you reserve a full day to go through your wardrobe piece-by-piece and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in years or even months.

One of the benefits of getting rid of all the clothes that I didn’t need is that now it’s so much easier to find an outfit in the morning before going to work! I know exactly what I have in my wardrobe so, for example, when I get invited somewhere, I immediately know which dress to wear and it made my life so much easier.

One of my biggest issues when deciding to give away my clothes was thinking that I spent money on it and now I was giving it away for free. But I quickly realise that keeping something just because I spent money on it, but I actually never wear it, it’s just a waste of my time and space at home.

I adopted a few options that you might consider adopting too.

Give it to charity.

The fact that your clothes will go to someone who needs them way more than you do is enough to make you want give them away. There are great charities with amazing causes everywhere in the world. I chose Cancer Research UK and Fundação do Gil to give away more than 12 bags of clothing that I haven’t worn in years, but has always been there in the back of my closet waiting for the perfect occasion.

Give it to a friend or family.

You know how your friends always compliment your outfits or your stylish choices? You might think they’re just being nice, but most of them really like what you wear and would love to have it. I put together a few bags of clothes that I offered to people closer to me and if they didn’t like it, then I would put it into charity bags. A lot of people were looking at buying something similar and I just made their life easier. And mine, of course!

Recycle it.

Pinterest is the best place to find creative ideas of recycling your clothes. You can turn t-shirts into bags to go grocery shopping, dresses into pillow cases, etc. This summer my mom was able to turn old jeans into a beach umbrella bag. Pretty clever!

Sell it.

There are websites such as Depop where you can sell old items. But you also have Facebook groups where you can sell second-handed clothing for a good price.

Think before buying more.

If you’re going to get rid of clothes to go and buy more, please don’t even go through the trouble. It’s important to buy with a purpose. Don’t just buy something because you have the money or the time. Buy something because you need it and you don’t have something similar at home.

Once someone told me that we spent a lot of money on clothes for special occasions, but we only wear it once or twice. Then when it comes to daily clothing we tend to buy the cheapest. And it should be the other way around. We should invest more in clothes that we are going to wear more often, so they last and we feel good every day when we wear them.

If you’ve tried this challenge before I would love to read your experience on the comments’ section.

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My 15 Day Minimalism Challenge

The reason why you opened this link is because you probably are at the same minimalism stage as me. Quite at the beginning. And these challenges can be used as guidelines, incentives, whatever you would like to call it. 51d4b368afe9c2aa0f31a2b6dca2ec9e

But we are all here for the same reason – to declutter our lives, both physically and mentally, and really start enjoying more of our free time and what really makes us happy.

I’m not going to tell you, just yet, how and why I started adapting the minimalism lifestyle because I don’t feel like I have enough knowledge and insight yet. I’m very new and I’m still learning and adapting techniques. But what I can do is share with you a few challenges I’ve been through.

Every single point on this list was tested by me, and it not only works, but it also makes you feel really good after finishing it.

1. Clean out your closet

Reserve a full day to go through your wardrobe piece-by-piece and get rid of anything that you haven’t worn in years or even months. Give it to charity, to your friend or recycle it, but take it out of your house.

2. Unfollow and unfriend

Be a little more selective about who you follow and who are your friends on Facebook or any other social media channel. You don’t need to stay online friends with people you haven’t spoken to in years. Go through your list and downsize.

3. Get rid of unused makeup, skin/haircare products

Finish those leftovers that you have since months ago or give it to someone that will use it more frequently. If you don’t want to throw products away, start using them more until you finish them and then don’t buy more of that specific product. Just make sure you trow away every expired product.

4. Clear out your junk drawer

Trust me, it’s therapeutic. Clean out the most cluttered drawer/box/corner of your house. And avoid getting attached to objects, use those emotions on people instead.

5. Go paperless billing

Choosing paperless billing will reduce the amount of bills you receive. You can choose to receive an email or text message from most companies if you’re worried you will forget about the bill. Create a folder on your e-mail inbox where you save all of it in case you need to go back and check something.

6. Stay offline for a day

It’s nice to look up and not down for a day. I’ve tried it for a whole weekend. Read my experience here – Social Media Weekend Detox

 

7. Empty your handbag

Tip it upside down and watch the dust and debris shower down. The less you have in there, the less you will have to carry around and the less tired you’ll be.

8. Sort through your inbox until it reaches zero

If you delete all the unnecessary emails and organise the ones that you really need in folders, how easy will it be to go on your inbox and find something!

9. Spend time with loved ones…

Go have dinner with friends or family. Suggest a meal where everyone puts their phones in a box and practices the art of uninterrupted conversation, listening and eye contact.

10. Meditate

There are lots of apps and podcasts that can help you with this. It’s all about taking time to be calm and present in the moment, in doesn’t matter when, where or how often. Just give it a try.

11. Turn off social media notifications on your phone

You are so used to visit social media that you don’t need notifications to keep reminding you where and when you need to open that app. You will open it eventually and find out what is happening. There is nothing urgency going on while you’re away.

12. Remove decorative items other than your favourites

Give your house a theme and ask yourself what needs to stay and what you need to get rid of because it doesn’t fit that theme. Ask yourself a simple question “Does it serve a purpose functionally or visually?”, then there you go.

13. Write a monthly budget for yourselfb78d091bf3360568d440c0d8b48a3187

Write down what you can save, what you can spend and what you’re going to invest for the next month.

14. Clean out your fridge/freezer

Make sure you thrown away everything that is expired. If you keep it clean it will be easier to see what you have and what you need to buy without having multiple products that will just go to waste.

15. De-clutter your work desk

It will make you more productive and organised because you’ll know where is everything and what needs to be done without being overwhelmed by papers.

I’ll be writing separate posts about my experiences with each one of these challenge points in the next couple of weeks, so make sure you’re following the blog or any of my social media challenges.

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