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Old 09-05-2012, 10:56 PM   #1
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How to start minimizing amount of stuff?

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Re: How to start minimizing amount of stuff?

We started with stuff we didn't use ( toys, kitchen stuff, clothes).
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:45 PM   #3
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A neat trick I read & want to try - turn every hanger in your closet backwards on the rod. As you wear clothing items, hang them back up the proper way. One year later, or at the end of the season, get rid of anything on a hanger that has not been turned (that hasn't been worn in a year's time or within it's season).

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Old 09-06-2012, 06:45 AM   #4
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Re: How to start minimizing amount of stuff?

Honestly, you just have to do it. Pick a starting point and go.

Perhaps start with a room or area that either needs it the most, or that will give the fastest results (like a bathroom or closet). Get rid of stuff that is a no-brainer... broken, doesn't get used, clothes that don't fit or have stains or tears or just don't get worn, toys that don't get played with or are missing pieces or broken, etc. Just ask yourself what really gets used, what you really love.

I found decluttering happened in layers. I'd tackle one room and get rid of a bunch, only to tackle the same room a month or two later and realize that I'd become a lot pickier about what I wanted to keep and could still get rid of a bunch of stuff that I thought was worth saving before... it really does get easier as you go.

You can also join some of the decluttering challenges in this subforum. There is a Mini Minimalist Challenge that is small and easy to do. There's also the 40 day plan which gives you a good overview of areas of your house to tackle (even if you just download the list and do it at your own pace).

Good luck! I'd also recommend just reading some of the threads here to see how others are doing, it helps and it can be very motivating. If you're struggling with a particular area, you may want to post photos and others can help you.
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I started with toys. They were a huge problem so I tackled them first. You just have to pick a room and jump in feet first. It is a process and it has been never ending or me.
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^ It really never ends! But it gets more manageable if you can do a big purge, then just try to keep up with it and do regular smaller purges. Kids clothes and toys are the worst, though, constantly outgrowing things...
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Re: How to start minimizing amount of stuff?

I totally agree with the PP that said it happens in layers. I would personally start focusing on the kids stuff. Get rid of useless toys, happy meal toys, not-age-approprate, duplicates,broken, annoying ones. Clean up the playroom. Take all the toys with little pieces and store them out of reach so they don't get strewn around the house. Anything you're not sure about just toss in a bin and lock in a closet, you can go thrugh it later or save to 'rotate' toys. I found that once toys were picked up and a little more contained, I could see the rest of the house for what it was rather than having to pick up toys from every.single.room.constantly. You'll be surprised that the kids will play more with the playroom cleaned up, and you wn't have to do damage control as often - which leaves you with more time to clean up other rooms while they're playing!
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Re: How to start minimizing amount of stuff?

I do it a little at a time where I can. I did the living room first - it's amazing, when you put everything back where it goes into other rooms and then get rid of all the ridiculous stuff collected (old magazines, papers, DVDs no one watches or likes, game system stuff) and get one organized place for it, our living room felt like a whole new room!
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Re: How to start minimizing amount of stuff?

The layer thing is an interesting concept and I'm looking around and thinking its true. Its the stuff sitting on top of the stuff that belongs here that I need to address. My biggest issue is paper. I keep saying I'm going to spend a little time each day on that. I can't give much good advice b/c I'm having trouble tackling it myself. But want to wish you good luck!
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I found decluttering happened in layers. I'd tackle one room and get rid of a bunch, only to tackle the same room a month or two later and realize that I'd become a lot pickier about what I wanted to keep and could still get rid of a bunch of stuff that I thought was worth saving before... it really does get easier as you go.
I agree. I started with low hanging fruit. Went for the biggest and easiest to decide to get rid of stuff. That gave me motivation and I went from there. I'm totally new at this, but it really is therapeutic to rid yourself of so much useless stuff.
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