I started the year off with a commitment to simplify. Everything. Then as life does, life happened and now it is March. No time like the present to get going on those New Year’s resolutions.
So here it is- my “spring cleaning” minimalism manifesto. Call it guidelines to creating a life with space for more of what matters. As I sort and organize and decide what stays and goes and where it all fits best, here are some of the thoughts behind my decision making process.
LET IT GO.
- If it is worn beyond its use, cannot be re-purposed or transformed, let it go.
- If it has no place or function and cannot be re-purposed and/or put away, let it go.
- If it is more than 2 sizes away from where I am, worn/dingy, a style I just won’t wear anymore, reminds me of anything I don’t want to be reminded of or is something that doesn’t scream I AM GORGEOUS or I TOTALLY LOVE THIS (a set or two of scruffy gardening clothes and workout wear aside}, let it go.
- If there are 10 duplicates without a specific purpose, keep only a few, let the rest go.
- If I haven’t worn it in a year and it isn’t for a special purpose (i.e. formal wear, uniform, etc.), let it go.
- If I haven’t worn it in a year and it isn’t for a special purpose (i.e. formal wear, uniform, etc.), but has crazy sentimental value… I’ll be cutting a swatch, saving the swatches and creating a collage on canvas, the rest- let it go.
- If it is out of season and I know I can’t wait to wear it when it gets cold or hot again, wash, sort, pack away: otherwise let it go.
- If it doesn’t have a purpose AND a place, let it or something else go.
- If paperwork is more than a year old and is not needed for everyday reference: file & store according to documentation needs and shred the rest. Let it go.
- If drawers are overflowing with nebulous amalgams of random things, sort and let anything not needed AND loved go.
- If “stuff” has been collecting for a project more than 6-9 months & I have yet to start, let it go.
- If it doesn’t help my mental, emotional, spiritual being, let it go.
Minimalism isn’t about if you live in 250 square feet or only have 100 things in your possession, it is a journey and a lifestyle valuing things that matter most, most. It is understanding that trying to fill emotional or relational holes with things makes us stuffed up not WHOLE. And whole hearts and relationships are what make us truly rich in ways our bank accounts never can or will.
As you spring clean and organize, why not consider simplifying at the same time?