It seems everywhere you turn these days, minimalism is all around. Common articles titled “How to Make Your Bedroom, Kitchen, and Life More Minimalist” pop up in our Facebook feeds daily. But all this minimalist talk can be overwhelming, like where do you start?! Let's break it down to three steps towards making your life more minimal.
Donate or Sell Unused Items
You know the three-year-old shirt in the back of your closet that still has the tags on it? Time to get rid of it. A simple rule I follow is: If you have not worn or used it in a year, go ahead and remove it from your life.
Like us, we know you spend endless hours checking junk email, scrolling Facebook, and watching useless YouTube videos than you might want to admit. Every few months, unsubscribe from newsletters that you no longer enjoy reading, unlike Facebook pages that don’t benefit your work or social life and remove subscriptions to YouTube channels that you no longer enjoy. This will help you focus on content you actually want to consume.
It is easy to end up purchasing items that you don't really need. So one key step to living more minimally is to be more selective and opt not to support fast fashion. Instead, go for ethically made clothing and products that support fair wages, eco-conscious practices, and local businesses. Another option is to thrift; it is affordable and more eco-friendly than purchasing new clothes.
Minimalism isn't about the number of items in your closet, but more about the quality of items and the purpose they serve. Before making a purchase, ask yourself, "will this be a positive addition to my life?" It's a simple question that will take you a long way in the right direction.
This post is by Amanda Shea, one of Boston Green Blog's newest contributors! Learn more about Anna and the rest of the teamhere.