200 Things to Give Away

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I found a few lists on the internet that showed how many things you really don’t need (unless you really do need it) and should be able to give away without any issues. One of the lists listed 200 things, so I took a challenge of going through and seeing if I had anything on the list I could get rid off. In the video below, I show you what I got rid of.

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My Tip: Donation Boxes

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Finding motivation to get rid of more stuff can be a struggle. It is also a struggle, when you randomly find an object you would like to part with, but have no place to store it. And, you don’t want to go to the donation drop-off until you have a large enough pile. So, that’s where the donation box comes in. In the video below, I share my tip on using donation boxes as a tool to rid the clutter.

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Inventorying My Stuff

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This year, one of my minimalist goals is to further reduce my items. I want to eventually live out of a backpack, and although, that’s way down the road, I want way less stuff to make moving easier.  I’m constantly moving place to place. I’ve had 16 addresses, and I’m only 20 years old.  I’m sick of lugging baggage around with me everywhere that I go.

When sitting down and evaluating my goals for 2016, I thought about my 2015 minimalist challenge. How I have gotten loads and loads off of my shoulders in just one year.  I know I still have a lot of stuff that I would like to part with because I am not satisfied. I still feel weighed down.  I didn’t want another challenge of going through each area and minimizing. I needed a new approach.

So, I decided to start inventorying stuff.  I wanted to list out everything I owned, so I could read a list and evaluate that way. It was too much work going through things and touching items. Items have a way of convincing you that they should stay. ( tweet this ) So, I went through all my things and made a spreadsheet.

I don’t know how “50%” came to mind. Maybe I felt that getting rid of 50% of my things would literally lift half the weight off of my shoulders. So, my goal this year is to get rid of 50%  of my things.

Inventorying My Things

What I Didn’t Count

I didn’t count items that were shared between my fiance and I. I have no right to take the box filled with our kitchen supplies and get rid of it without consulting him first. This year, I just want to focus on me. I’ll tackle shared items another time. Maybe when we live by ourselves again and he realizes that we’re carrying around four boxes of kitchen gadgets that we hardly use, he’ll be more reasonable.

I didn’t count my fiance’s items.

I didn’t count every single tiny thing. If there was a stack of paper, that counted as one because I didn’t want to waste time counting every single sheet.

My Personal Inventory

Here are the different categories of my things and the numbers. My overall number was 417 items.

Clothes: 142 Books: 20 Electronics: 38 Misc: 75 Hygiene: 68 Cats: 10 Paper: 36 Furniture: 3 Linen: 25

It seems like such a small number compared to people with thousands of items, but to me it’s still weighing me down. I don’t want to think about these items anymore. I don’t know if I’ll reach 50% this year. It might end up being 20% or 80% and that’s okay. The 50% is not set in stone, it is a guideline. I’ll stop when I am happy.

Have you ever took inventory on your things?

My Tips On Socks

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This is may seem like a boring topic, but it’s one that we may not think about while decluttering. Socks cause such a hassle. They’re always getting lost, you spend more time on laundry because you have to match the pairs and you never know how to fold them correctly. In the video below, I show what I do with my socks.

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Minimalism Let Me Read 50 Books In 2015

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I’ve was extremely busy in 2015. I was working full-time while trying to start a business, I was traveling a lot, I was (and still am) planning a wedding and I was trying to get my life in order by giving myself a challenge to minimize my belongings more than I already did. It seems as if my time had been tied, and I didn’t have enough of it, but I still managed to give into my favorite hobby — reading.

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2015 Minimalist Challenge: final

It’s the 20 posts of my 2015 minimalist challenge. This time, I’m working on my pictures again.

//This post is part of a series that I did in 2015. I challenged myself to declutter a different spot in my living space every two weeks and document it with a video. You can see the rest of the posts by clicking this link.//