6 Ways to Be More of a Minimalist

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Minimalism is on the rise. Living with less has been at the forefront of home organization – and for good reason! Go green with secondhand shopping, donating unused items, and repurposing what you already have. These six ideas will help you live with less, buy less, and clear the clutter from your life.

1. Live with Less

Minimalism doesn’t have to be as extreme as owning only one coffee mug, one pillow, and zero sentimental items. Minimalism is a lifestyle that focuses on living with and using less. It starts with owning fewer belongings, allowing you to live freely without feeling bogged down by too many physical things.

The minimalist lifestyle helps you focus on living with only the things you need or cherish. Start setting aside and removing the belongings that overwhelm your space – old books, seasonal clothing, the one-too-many pint glasses in the kitchen cabinet, or unused household and personal items.

2. Downsize Your Closet

Freeing up space in your closet is one of the best ways to speed up your morning routine. A clean, organized wardrobe means you can easily choose an outfit and get on your way without digging through mountains of worn-out, out-of-style attire. Try the Project 333 challenge or reduce the number of items in your closet by creating a capsule wardrobe.

3. Consider Eating Local

A minimalist approach can be practiced in any area of your life – including the food on your plate! Eating local not only helps support your regional farmers, but it cuts down on environmental pollutants and economic waste. Check out your neighborhood farmers market or co-op produce markets near you. When dining out, see if you can find out if they support the local produce and local farms in the area.

4. Reduce & Reuse

Adopting a more sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle includes practicing a system of reducing and reusing. Instead of buying new items, try a subscription service for books, clothing, jewelry, and even vintage goods! Try toting around a personal water bottle, sustainable coffee cups, and buying reusable items or upcycled products.

5. Store Away Keepsakes & Extras

Safeguarding your grandma’s jewelry while she’s relocating? Are you holding onto some hand-me-down baby items for when the timing is just right? Not ready to give up your high school memorabilia? Embracing the minimalist lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up your sentimental keepsakes. Store away nostalgic belongings in a Devon Self Storage unit. This frees up your home and physical space for a minimalist-friendly lifestyle.

6. The KonMari Method

Marie Kondo is a go-to pro when it comes to a minimalist approach while clearing the clutter from your home. Binge watch her Netflix series to see the incredible transformations she brings to her clients.

The KonMari Method (going category by category) helps you evaluate the physical possessions in your life and ask if your belongings spark joy within you. If it does, it deserves to be in your space, and if it doesn’t, it needs to be removed. Her approach focuses on the idea that each item in your environment has an emotional energy tied to your psyche and daily routine.

For more lifestyle, storage, and decluttering tips, head over to the Devon Self Storage blog today!

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