30 Things I Stopped Buying as a Minimalist

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After I became a minimalist, I realized that there were things that I stopped buying just because I noticed that I didn’t need them anymore.

One of the biggest changes that I made after becoming a minimalist was in the way that I shopped. Before, I would purchase items without giving much thought to whether or not I needed them. However, once I started paring down my possessions, I began to take a more critical eye on the things that I brought into my home.

As a result, I found myself stopping at the store less and less often, since I no longer felt the need to buy things just for the sake of buying them. Instead, I only purchased items when I had a specific purpose for them. This change has helped me to save both money and time and has made me feel less burdened by stuff.

What helped me to stop buying things?

Only by decluttering your house and getting rid of unneeded items, you are likely to find that you naturally stop buying things that you don’t need. However, if you find yourself struggling to break the habit of buying things that you don’t need, here are a few tips that helped me to change my shopping habits:

Asking questions to yourself

Sometimes I catch myself being so excited to have that thing that I want without thinking if I need it. So now, whenever I feel the urge to buy something, I ask myself a few questions

  • Do I need this?
  • Is this something that I will use often?
  • Will it bring value into my life?
  • Do I have another item that serves the same purpose?
  • Will it last me a long time?

If the answer to the questions doesn’t align with my goal of becoming a minimalist, then I know it’s not something I need to buy.

Wait for 24 hours before buying

I used to be an impulsive shopper and I would buy things on a whim without giving them much thought. However, now I make it a priority to wait for at least 24 hours before purchasing an item. This waiting period allows me to think more critically about whether or not I actually need the item and it has helped me to avoid making impulse purchases.

Make a list of things that you need (aka Wish List)

This is my favorite technique of them all. I usually have in my mind a list of things that I actually need (but if it’s easier for you, write it down). So, when I’m out shopping and I see something that I want, I ask myself if it’s on my list. If it’s not, then I know I don’t need it and I can walk away.

You see, consumerism creates needs. It doesn’t meet our needs, it creates needs. That is why when we go shopping we think that we need all those stuff.

So create your own needs instead of letting the companies create them for you.

If you need more tips, check out 16 Fun No Shopping Challenges Ideas

Things I stopped buying

1. Duplicates of things I already have

As I said earlier, when I go shopping, I ask myself “Do I have another item that serves the same purpose?”. This has helped me to avoid buying duplicates of things that I already have.

For example, I always catch myself looking for cups and mugs, although I have a few at home. So I have to remind myself that in this stage of life I am going to use the cups that I have and that are perfectly cozy and beautiful. Only after they will lose their usefulness, I will look for more.

2. Seasonal decor

I used to love buying seasonal decor items, but I found that I never really got much use out of them, and you probably know what I mean.

Storing that decor for almost a year in your attic or basement, and taking it out just for a few weeks, doesn’t make much sense.

You can enjoy Christmas, for example, without all those decorations. Just focus on the things that really matter and you will see that your life can be a lot simpler and more enjoyable.

3. Make-up products

It has been such a relief for me after I stopped buying these things. I used to spend a lot of time and money trying to look perfect.

Now I know that the most important thing is to feel good about myself, and that has nothing to do with the way I look on the outside. So I choose natural beauty, and self-confidence instead.

4. Skincare products

To be honest, for me it’s a mystery when I enter a skincare store what should I buy. So many different products with all kinds of weird functions that I don’t understand.

Nowadays, I only have a face cream that I use only when I feel like my face needs a little bit of nourishment and two types of oils for my body.

5. Nail products

Don’t get me wrong, I still have a nail cutter, but that’s it. No nail polish, no special treatments.

I stopped buying all those things because I realized that it was such a waste of time and energy to do your nails. You are beautiful as you are, you don’t need all those things to “look good”.

6. Perfume

On that note, I also stopped buying perfumes. I loved perfumes but now, I think it’s a waste of money. They are so expensive and have no value.

“Why wouldn’t I just buy a beautiful bouquet of flowers instead? It’s more natural than putting that perfume all day on me without knowing what was it made from.”

7. Cheap clothes

Did you know that clothes from the 70s and 80s were better quality and lasted longer? People didn’t buy new clothes every season; they used to wear the same clothes for years.

Nowadays, companies usually create clothes with a shorter lifespan. They use cheaper materials and lower-quality stitching and therefore the clothes fall apart after a few washes.

I have decided to invest in higher-quality clothes that will last me longer. And it’s not only about the quality, but it’s also about buying fewer clothes overall. A capsule wardrobe is a great way to do that.

8. Single-purpose kitchen appliances

I stopped buying those appliances that I would use only once in a while and that would take up so much space in my kitchen.

For instance, I had an ice cream maker that I used maybe twice a year. It was taking up so much space in my kitchen so I decided to get rid of it.

Now, I only have the essentials in my kitchen and I have to say: it is much airier and I feel like I can breathe better in my kitchen now.

Related: Extreme Minimalism – Owning Less Than 15 Items

9. Plastic bags

Probably everyone knows how it is to have a plastic bag with other plastic bags in it. It’s like a never-ending cycle.

I decided to break that cycle and I stopped buying plastic bags. Instead, I use reusable bags made from natural materials like cotton or linen.

10. Plastic water bottles

Just like with plastic bags, I decided to ditch those water bottles made from plastic.

I started using a reusable water bottle. It saves me tons of money and I don’t have to worry about plastic polluting our environment.

11. Accessories and jewelry

I stopped buying accessories and jewelry for three reasons.

  • First of all, I realized that I don’t need them to feel good about myself.
  • Second of all, I don’t want to support an industry that is often responsible for environmental degradation.
  • Moreover, I don’t feel comfortable wearing them. I want to be as light and as basic as possible.

12. Disposable items

Whenever I can, I try to buy reusable items instead of disposable ones. For instance, I use reusable straws, cups, and plates.

I know it might seem like a small thing, but if everyone would do that, we could save so much plastic and other materials from ending up in our landfills and polluting our planet.

Other disposable items that you can stop buying include:

  • Napkins
  • Coffee cups
  • Razor blades
  • Period pads

13. Books

I know the feeling of having a new book and the smell of a new book. But in all honesty, they are expensive and take up a lot of space.

Nowadays, I prefer to read books electronically. It is cheaper and more convenient if I go on a trip.

With that being said, I still have a small minimalist library at home with my favorite books.

14. CDs and DVDs

With the advent of streaming services, CDs and DVDs have become obsolete. I don’t see the need to buy them anymore when I can just listen to my favorite music or watch my favorite movies online.

15. Items on sale

Just because something is on sale, it doesn’t mean that you need to buy it. I used to fall into that trap all the time. I would see something on sale and I would think “I need to buy it because it’s such a good deal.”

Now, I ask myself “Do I really need this?” before I make any purchase. If the answer is no, then I don’t buy it.

An exception to this rule is if I have on my wish list an item that I have been wanting for a long time and it goes on sale. In that case, I would buy it.

16. Knick-knacks

Knick-knacks are those small trinkets that people usually put on shelves or display cabinets.

I used to have display cabinets full of these knick-knacks. And I remember that dusting those cabinets was such a pain.

Now, I don’t have any of those trinkets anymore and it has been such a relief. Now, I can actually dust my shelves without having to move a lot of things around.

17. Subscription boxes

Subscription boxes are a waste of money and resources. First of all, you are paying for something that you might not even want or need. Second of all, a lot of times these subscription boxes come with a lot of packaging.

And last but not least, you are adding more stuff to your life that you might not need.

I stopped buying subscription boxes and I haven’t looked back since.

18. Latest technology

Changing my phone every year used to be a thing for me. But not anymore.

Now, I only upgrade my phone when it is really necessary. For instance, when my old phone breaks or when the new phone has features that are relevant to my work.

The same goes for other gadgets and technology. I only buy them when I really need them.

19. Impulse purchases

I used to love those stores that sell things like cute plates, candles, cups, items for drawing, etc. I would go in there and I would see all these things that I wanted and I would buy them on a whim.

Now, I only buy things when I have a specific purpose for them. Again, if it’s not on my wishing list, I don’t buy it.

20. Cheap shoes

In my parent’s house, my sister, I, and my mom had a whole room dedicated to shoes. It was full of shoes of all sorts and brands.

And I wasn’t wearing more than half of my shoes. Now, I have only 3 pairs of shoes: one that I wear all the time, another one for the winter season, plus one for running/sport. And I only buy high-quality shoes that I know will last long.

21. Souvenirs

Some people say that you haven’t been anywhere if you don’t have souvenirs to show for it. But I don’t believe that.

I think that the experiences you have while traveling are more important than the things you can buy.

Now, instead of buying a lot of souvenirs, I take a lot of pictures. And if I really want to bring something back, I make sure that it brings value to me.

22. Travel-sized items

Do you really need travel-sized toothpaste? Or a mini shampoo?

Probably not. You can just buy the regular size and put it in a smaller container.

I stopped buying travel-sized items because I realized that I was wasting my money.

Related: Minimalist travel – everything you need to know

23. Out-of-season clothes

Is it familiar to you to buy a winter coat in the middle of summer? Or swimwear in the middle of winter?

I used to do that a lot. Why? Because it was cheaper to buy them off-season plus I wanted to feel the vibe of the season even when it wasn’t.

However, that meant that my closet was full of clothes that I wasn’t using. Now, I only buy clothes when I truly NEED them.

24. Gifts for others

I used to spend a lot of money on gifts for my friends and family, especially for Christmas. I had no idea if they even liked the gifts I got them.

That is why, instead of buying physical gifts for others, I try to come up with some activities that we can do together. For instance, going to an art class together instead of buying them a painting.

However, if I know for sure that a person wants a certain item, I would buy it.

25. Unnecessary decor

Clocks, vases, statuettes, and other types of home decor are the least of my priorities.

I would rather spend my money on things that are more practical, like useful kitchen appliances or going to the cinema with my husband.

Related: Minimalism and Hygge: Getting Cozy Without the Clutter

26. Free items

I know that it doesn’t fit that well in the “things I stopped buying” category, but I stopped taking free items that I don’t need.

For example, when I was at a conference, they were giving away tote bags with the conference’s logo. I took one because it was free. But then I realized that I have a lot of tote bags and I don’t use all of them.

Now, I don’t take freebies unless I know for sure that I will use them.

27. Items that I can’t afford

It sounds logical but is not. There are people that save money for years in order to buy things they can’t afford.

Let’s say you live with a minimum salary but want the most expensive car. You will save money for years and years until you have enough to buy it.

But is that car worth all the years you spent working hard and not being able to enjoy your life?

I stopped buying things that I couldn’t afford because I realized that it simply doesn’t make sense.

28. Items to impress others

There is this belief that you can integrate into a group only by owning certain items.

For instance, if you want to be part of the “popular girls in the school,” you need to have the latest iPhone.

But that doesn’t make any sense. You don’t need to own something to be liked by others. And if you do, then that group of people is not for you.

Now, I only buy things that I like and that make me happy, regardless of what other people think. I dress as I want and not like what is “in” at the moment.

29. Outfits for special occasions

We all have that one friend who always looks fabulous on every single occasion. And we also have that other friend who only wears sweatpants and a t-shirt.

I suppose the last one has more important things to think about than clothes. Now, I am not judging anyone. But I used to be like the first one.

I would buy a new outfit almost every time there was an event. And, of course, I would only wear it once. It was a waste of money and a waste of resources.

Nowadays, instead of buying a new outfit, I try to find something in my closet that I can wear. And I always find something that I feel confident in. If not, I would consider buying a new outfit.

30. Low-quality items

When I buy something, I want to make sure that it will last me a long time, so I don’t have to spend time and money to replace it.

That is why I stopped buying cheap and low-quality items. Even though they are cheaper in the short term, in the long term, they are more expensive because you will have to replace them more often.

Final thoughts

I am sure that there are even more things that I stopped buying but these are the main ones.

I hope this article will inspire you to think about your own spending habits and maybe even make some changes.

Do you have anything that you stopped buying? Why? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers, Diana

Minimalism and Hygge: Getting Cozy Without the Clutter

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I live in a Scandinavian country, so I’m constantly inundated with the concepts of minimalism and hygge. In a nutshell, these two concepts usually go hand-in-hand no matter the circumstance. With that being said, in this article, I’ll show you how to make your space cozy and uncluttered, and what exactly hygge means for Danes.

Some people believe a minimalist home is similar to a museum: lacking warmth, being too clean, and being impersonal. When in reality, it is quite the opposite. Thanks to the focus on simple pleasures and the lack of clutter, a minimalistic house can actually be quite cozy.

You see, minimalism and hygge have one big thing in common: intentional living.

  • When you live minimally, you focus on what brings you joy and what is truly essential. This helps to get rid of the unnecessary clutter in your life, both physically and mentally.
  • As for hygge, it is about making your home a space of joy, comfort, and warmth. This can be done in many ways, but it usually includes simple pleasures like spending time with family and friends, lighting candles, and eating comforting foods.

So intentional living is at the heart of both minimalism and hygge. And when you combine the two, you can create a cozy home that is free of clutter so that you can focus on what is essential for your soul.

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Let’s dive more into these two concepts.

What is minimalism?

In its simplest terms, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them. It is a lifestyle that encourages us to live more simply and intentionally.

So what does that look like?

For some people, it might mean living with fewer possessions. It might mean decluttering your home and removing anything that doesn’t bring you joy or serve a purpose. It might mean simplifying your wardrobe or your diet.

For others, minimalism might mean eliminating unnecessary clutter in order to create space for more important things. It might mean taking on fewer commitments, saying no more often, or making more margins in your schedule.

At its core, minimalism is about living more intentionally. It’s about removing the things that distract us from what is most important, so we can focus on what truly matters.

What is hygge?

Hygge is a Danish concept that can be difficult to translate. It is often described as a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being.

Hygge is about creating a warm, inviting atmosphere and enjoying the simple pleasures in life. It is about slowing down, being present, and savoring the moment.

Hygge is about intangibles like atmosphere, mood, and connection. It is about feeling like you belong, feeling comfortable, and feeling safe.

I have lived in Denmark for three years now. And what I can say about hygge in my personal opinion is that Danes love hanging out with friends. They don’t associate hygge with a space but rather with people. They can’t feel hygge without someone to share the moment. Danes are some of the world’s happiest people, and I believe hygge has a lot to do with that.

How can minimalism and hygge work together?

Certainly minimalism and hygge go in the same direction. These questions summarize why minimalism and hygge work together:

  • How do you want to get hygge if your house is messy?
  • How can you make energy for being hygge if you have so much stuff around?
  • Why would you want to be constantly cleaning and decluttering when you could just be enjoying your life?
  • What is the point of filling your life with material things when you can get much more fulfillment from simple things?

So, in short, minimalism and hygge go hand in hand because they both promote a lifestyle that is simple, clean, and enjoyable. If you want to maximize your hygge, minimalism is the way to go!

Similarities between minimalism and hygge lifestyle

When it comes to living a cozy life, both minimalism and hygge have a lot in common. Here are some of the similarities:

  • Both emphasize simplicity and getting rid of excess.
  • Both promote a focus on experiences over things.
  • Both consider most material possession unnecessary.
  • Both emphasize the importance of quality over quantity.
  • Both encourage living in the present moment.
  • Both emphasize the importance of community and connection.
  • Both promote a healthy relationship with material possessions.
  • Both encourage creativity and resourcefulness.

To summarize all of these similarities, both minimalism and hygge are about living a life that is simple, and meaningful.

Differences between minimalism and hygge lifestyle

While minimalism and hygge have a lot in common, there are also some key differences. Here are some of the ways they differ:

  • Minimalism is more about simplicity and getting rid of excess, while hygge is more about creating a cozy and comfortable environment while being around others.
  • Minimalism is more about striving to live with less, while hygge is more about savoring the simple pleasures of life.
  • Minimalism is in most cases about self-reliance and independence, while hygge is about finding comfort in the company of others.

In conclusion, minimalism and hygge are both about living a simple and cozy life. However, minimalism is more focused on living with less, while hygge is more concerned with creating a comfortable environment in the home and surrounding yourself with people you love.

The difference between visual clutter and hygge elements

There is a fine line between visual clutter and hygge elements. The key is to find a balance that works for you.

Visual clutter is anything that feels like it’s taking up space without serving a purpose. It can be anything from clothes that you never wear to knick-knacks that you don’t really need.

Hygge elements are things that make you feel good and add to the overall coziness of your home. They can be anything from candles to blankets to plants.

Keep in mind that it is possible to overdo the hygge elements so the space doesn’t feel inviting but rather heavy and full. So, as with everything in life, moderation is key.

Now that you know the difference between visual clutter and hygge elements, it’s time to get rid of the former and add more of the latter to your home.

Tips to make your space less cluttered

The first step to minimalist hygge is dealing with clutter. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Get rid of anything that you don’t use or need. This includes clothes, shoes, books, knick-knacks, etc. If you haven’t used it in the past year, chances are you don’t need it.
  • Donate or sell anything that you don’t want or need. Not only will this declutter your space, but it will also make someone else’s day.
  • Try to be ruthless when it comes to decluttering. It can be hard to let go of things but remember that material possessions are not worth your happiness.
  • Organize your space. This will help you see what you have and make it easier to find things when you need them.
  • Keep your space clutter-free. This means regular decluttering and only bringing things into your home that you really need or want. Things on sale, or that are free, are no exceptions to this rule.

How to add hygge to your minimalist home?

If you live pretty minimally, it is quite easy to add in some elements of hygge without going too far off the deep end. Here are some ideas that won’t add to the clutter in your house but rather would add some value and enjoyment to your life, plus some aesthetics:

Related: 30 Things I Stopped Buying as a Minimalist

Cozy blankets and pillows

Blankets and pillows are definitely hygge. They make your home more comfortable and inviting. You probably know this already: cozying up under a blanket, with a cup of tea and a good book is one of the best things in life.

So why not make your home even cozier by adding some blankets and pillows? Doesn’t have to be many: just an extra comfy blanket and a few pillows to make your furniture more inviting.

Wool and cotton are great materials for cozy blankets and pillows

Fancy tea cups

There is nothing quite like sipping on a cup of tea in a beautiful cup. It just makes the experience that much more special. If you don’t have any fancy tea cups, now is the time to get some! Again, just enough of them for you and some of your friends that usually come over, so that everyone can have their own cup.

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Candles are such a simple and easy way to make your home cozier. They create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Candles are calming. If you will ever come to Denmark during the autumn or winter, you will see almost every single window with a lit candle in it. That is how we deal with long and dark evenings.

If you don’t want to burn candles all the time, you can also get electric candles. They look and feel exactly like the real thing but without the hassle of having to light them.

Fairy lights

Fairy lights are another great way to make your home cozier. They are also very versatile. You can put them almost anywhere: in a jar, on a piece of furniture, around a frame… the possibilities are endless.

And they don’t have to be expensive either. You can find them pretty much anywhere these days.

What I like about them is that they don’t need any care or attention. You just hang them up and enjoy the soft light they provide.

Potted plants

Plants are great for adding some life to your home. Not only do they look good, but they also purify the air.

Although I call myself a minimalist, I have about 10 plants in my house. I just can’t help it, I love having them around. They are the only decor that I have in my house.

I would recommend getting plants that are easy to take care of, like succulents. That way, you won’t have to worry about them too much.


Books are the perfect addition to any home, but especially to a minimalist one. The good thing about them is that they don’t only work as a nice hygge decor but are also useful.

A few quality books on a bookshelf would never add to the clutter but only will enhance the feeling of coziness in your minimalist home.

Related: How to create a minimalist library?

The key takeaways about minimalism and hygge

Clutter and hygge can’t coexist

If you want a cozy ambiance and atmosphere, you need to get rid of clutter. Actually, that is why this article combines both terms minimalism and hygge: because only by living a minimalist lifestyle you can get hygge.

The feeling of hygge comes from having a cozy and comfortable home. But if your home is full of stuff, it will never be cozy. The more things you have, the more you have to worry about and take care of.

It is not about buying things

A lot of people think that they can buy their way into hygge. And while it is true that there are material things that can make your home more hygge, the true nordic coziness comes from people around you, from being personal and private with others. From being in the moment.

The idea is that you can’t get hygge without all the candles and blanket, but you need the right people around you. So don’t think that buying a bunch of stuff will make your home cozier.

It is about simple things

Having a cup of tea with a friend while doing some watercolor together, or some yoga, or just talking. That is hygge. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, it can be very simple things. Even taking a walk in the park can be hygge if you are with the right people.

Minimalism fits in here because it is about enjoying the simple things in life and not having too much stuff. So enjoy your life, be hygge, and don’t let stuff get in the way.

Final thoughts

I hope you found this article helpful and that you understand a bit better how these two concepts go together.

Remember that minimalism and hygge are two very different things. Minimalism is a lifestyle choice while hygge is more of a feeling or an atmosphere.

But they do go hand in hand because only by decluttering your life and getting rid of unnecessary stuff, you can make room for what really matters: people and experiences.

So go out there and enjoy your life, in a cozy and comfortable way!

Cheers, Diana

Life After Decluttering: Now What?

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You’ve decluttered your home and your life, and it feels amazing, you love your life after decluttering. You’re finally able to breathe again, and you like the way your home looks without all of the clutter. But now what? How do you maintain a minimalist lifestyle? And what do you do with all the clutter that you put aside?

Let us face the truth: life after decluttering can be either really good or the same. You might think that once you declutter – you are done. But an important ongoing step is to maintain & prevent your space from cluttering again.

Another important point to remember is that decluttering is the first part of the project, the second one is to get rid of all the clutter by donating, selling, recycling, or just throwing away.

Once you master these two things, a clutter-free home is guaranteed for the rest of your life. Therefore, a happy, healthy, and productive life too!

What happens after you declutter?

You will probably find that you have more time on your hands after decluttering. This is because you are no longer spending time searching for things or cleaning up clutter.

Some people find that their relationships improve after decluttering, according to this article, because they finally focus on what matters to them and not consuming their energy on unnecessary things.

Others find that they have more money after decluttering because they are no longer tempted to buy things they don’t need and can save/invest their money.

Whatever the case may be, decluttering has the potential to change your life for the better in many ways.

What to do after decluttering?

Congratulations! You have done a great job with decluttering your stuff. But those items are still in your house, so what can you do with them?


The easiest and most common thing to do with your decluttered items is to donate them.

There are many charities that would love to have your things. And it is a great way to declutter your house and help others at the same time.

Things to remember when you want to donate your stuff:

  • Make sure all the items are in good condition.
  • Do some research and find a charity that accepts the type of items you want to donate.
  • Get a receipt for your donations so you can use it for tax purposes.
  • Ideally, you want to sort and distribute them to make it easier for the charity.
  • Let go emotionally and feel good about your decision to help others.

Give to friends and family

If you have items that are in good condition and you think that some of your friends or family members could use them, then you can give them away.

By doing this, you declutter your house and help your loved ones at the same time. It’s a win-win!

Maybe your sister could use that dress that you never wear because it’s too big. Or your brother could use that tool set that was gifted to you but you don’t need it.

Just make sure that the person you are giving it to actually wants it and will use it.


If you want to make some money from your decluttered items, then you can sell them. You can have a garage sale or sell them online.

Things to remember when you want to sell your stuff:

  • Take good pictures of your items if you are selling them online.
  • Write a product description that is accurate and honest.
  • Price your items reasonably.
  • Make sure all the items are in good condition and working properly.
  • Do some research and find out what similar items are selling for.
  • Be prepared to negotiate the price.
  • Promote your garage sale in the neighborhood.

Tip: It is best to have a garage sale over an online sale because it takes less time. Usually, it takes a lot of time to sell stuff online, which means that those items are still going to stay in your house and take up space.


If you have items that are no longer usable, then you can recycle them.

This is a nice way to declutter your house from broken or unusable items and help the environment at the same time.

Things to remember when you want to recycle your stuff:

  • Check with your local recycling center to see what items they accept.
  • Make sure the items are clean and dry.
  • Remove any batteries or light bulbs and recycle them correspondingly as well.
  • Follow the instructions of the recycling center.


If you feel creative, then you can repurpose your decluttered items.

This means that you can use them for something other than their original purpose.

Things to remember when you want to repurpose your stuff:

  • Use your imagination and be creative.
  • Look for inspiration online or in magazines.
  • Give the item a new purpose that BRINGS VALUE to your house.

How to maintain a decluttered home?

There are some key things you can do to make sure that your home stays decluttered:

1. Implement the one in, one out rule

One way to make sure that your home stays decluttered is to use the one in, one out rule. This means that for every new thing that comes into your home, you have to get rid of an old thing. This rule helps to prevent your home from becoming cluttered because you are always getting rid of things as new things come in.

However, it doesn’t mean that you are allowed to buy new things all the time, it just means that when you do buy new things, you have to be conscious of getting rid of something else.

Another thing to be aware of is that the one in, one out rule doesn’t just apply to physical things, it can also apply to digital things like subscriptions or apps.

Related: How to Get Rid of Sentimental Items With No Regret?

2. Have a place for everything

Another way to maintain a decluttered home is to have a place for every item in your home. This means that you know where everything is supposed to go and it has a designated spot. When everything has a place, it is easier to keep your home decluttered because you can just put things away when you’re done using them.

Otherwise, those items are going to end up in a pile somewhere and eventually create clutter.

3. Declutter on regular basics

A well-kept home requires decluttering regularly. This means that you go through your things regularly and get rid of anything that you no longer need or use.

You can do this once a month or every two months, depending on how quickly your things accumulate (the slower, the better, obviously).

The important thing is to declutter regularly so that it becomes a habit and your home stays clutter-free.

If not, all of your hard work will go to waste and you’ll be back to square one.

4. Set limits on things

To maintain a decluttered home, it is important to set limits on the number of things you own. This means that you only allow yourself to have a certain number of items in each category.

For example, you might only allow yourself to have 50 pieces of clothing in your wardrobe.

Related: Minimal Capsule Wardrobe: How to Build One?

Or no duplicates of anything (if you have two of the same thing, you get rid of one).

This helps to prevent your home from becoming cluttered because you are only allowing yourself to have a certain amount of things.

It also helps you to be more mindful about the things you do allow into your home.

Related: 30 Things I Stopped Buying as a Minimalist

5. Be mindful of your purchases

No impulsive buying!

This is probably the most important rule of all when it comes to maintaining a decluttered home. You have to be mindful of your purchases and only buy things that you need or will use.

If you’re not careful, it is very easy to let your home become cluttered with things that you don’t need or use.

One way to do this is by creating a list of things that you do need. And then only buy those things. If you see a cute cup in a store and you are tempted to buy it, remember that it is not on your list, which means that you don’t need it.

You can also give yourself a cooling-off period before making a purchase. This means that you wait 24 hours or more before buying something. This gives you time to think about whether or not you need or want the item. If after the cooling-off period you still want the item, then you can go ahead and buy it. But more often than not, you will find that you don’t want it anymore.

6. Keep a decluttering box

Keeping a decluttering box is a smart way to prevent your home from becoming cluttered.

A decluttering box is a box where you put all of the things that you no longer need or want.

So, let’s say you peacefully walk through your house and you see a pillow on your couch that you think doesn’t add any value to your home.

You would then put that pillow in your decluttering box.

The idea with the decluttering box is that when it gets full, you get rid of it. This way, you are constantly decluttering your home and getting rid of things that you don’t need.

Also, you keep all of your clutter in one place which makes it less noisy visually.

7. Have a regular cleaning routine

Having a regular cleaning routine is essential for maintaining a decluttered home.

This is because clutter can also be associated with dirt and dust. It plays the same role: it feels like it’s everywhere and it’s just too much to deal with.

So it is better to have a regular cleaning routine to help you keep your home decluttered and clean.

You can create a cleaning schedule and plan to clean certain areas in your house. For instance, you can dedicate Monday to cleaning the bathroom, Tuesday to doing the laundry, and so on.

8. Have enough storage space

This one is a little bit contra intuitive, and I get it. But let me explain.

I live in a house with only the essentials. So I have only what I strictly need. But I also tried to stay pretty minimum with furniture. And that is where a problem has arisen.

I had so little space to put my things that everything was constantly out in the open.

And that led to visual noise and a feeling of being overwhelmed every time I looked around my house. It was a disaster.

So, I’ve learned that it is very important to have enough storage space in your house. This way, you can put things away and avoid visual noise.

You don’t need a lot of storage space, but you need to find that sweet spot where you have just enough to put your things away.

Related: How to Finally Get Into the Decluttering Mindset

Life after decluttering: Final thoughts

You have done a hard job of decluttering. It’s a lot of work but it hasn’t finished yet. You have to constantly keep up with it or else your house will become cluttered again.

But it’s not going to be that hard anymore once you get into the habit of decluttering. In fact, it could become quite an enjoyable activity.

And it will be worth it because you will have a clean and organized house that brings you joy.

I hope this was an insightful article that helped you understand what to do with your life after decluttering. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

Cheers, Diana

How to Finally Get Into the Decluttering Mindset

happy woman finally getting into a decluttering mindset

Getting into a decluttering mindset takes a little bit of time and effort, but once you get there, you are good to go.

Anybody who wanted to declutter their lives knows that it is not easy. It requires not only a lot of time, which is hard to find but also a lot of motivation. In other words, it is hard to get into the decluttering mindset.

You just postpone that decluttering day, and you just don’t have that mental energy to deal with all the stuff that has gathered throughout the years, even decades.

The thing with decluttering mindset is that it is the starting point of your decluttering process. And you either have it or not. If you don’t, it is going to be hard, even impossible, to start living a decluttered life.

But once you do have that decluttering mindset, things will start falling into place. You will find the time and motivation to declutter your life. You will be pumped and ready to start living a decluttered life.

So, what is this decluttering mindset? How do you get it?

What is the decluttering mindset?

The decluttering mindset is the state of mind where you are fully committed to decluttering your life. You are mentally and emotionally ready to deal with all the stuff that has been cluttering up your life.

You are ready to let go of all the things that no longer serve you. And you are ready to declutter your life and live a simpler, happier life.

If you don’t have a decluttering mindset, you hold onto things because you think you might need them someday. Or because they have sentimental value.

On the other hand, when you have a decluttering mindset, you realize that all this stuff is just stuff. It’s not important. And it’s not worth your happiness. So, you let go of it.

Signs that you need to work on your decluttering mindset

If any of these signs resonate with you, it means you need to work on your decluttering mindset.

  • You keep postponing your decluttering project.
  • You don’t know where to start.
  • You feel overwhelmed when you think about decluttering.
  • You keep buying things you don’t need.
  • Your house is cluttered and messy.
  • You feel like you are a hoarder.
  • You are constantly cleaning but your house is still cluttered.
  • You feel like you can’t live without all this stuff.
  • You are attached to your things and have a sentimental value for them.

If you can relate to any of these signs, don’t worry. You are not alone. A lot of people feel the same way. And the good news is, you can change your mindset.

A decluttering mindset & a cluttered mind

These two can’t coexist. It’s either one or the other.

If you have a cluttered mind, your house is going to be cluttered. And if you have a decluttered mind, you are going to start making progress towards a clean, tidy home.

It all starts with your mindset. So, if you want to declutter your life, you need to start with your mindset. And this is what we are going to do. We will go through some ways to develop a decluttering mindset.

Ways to get into the decluttering mindset

The more of these mindset shifts you can implement, the better.

1. Constantly get inspired

One way to develop a decluttering mindset is to constantly get inspired.

Look for people who have already decluttered their lives and are living the life you want. Read their stories. Watch their videos. Follow them on social media. And let their story inspire you to declutter your life and live a simpler, happier life.

Also, look for other sources of inspiration. Read books, listen to podcasts, and watch movies that will inspire you to declutter your life.

For instance, on Netflix, you can find Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which is a show about decluttering. And it’s very inspiring.

Similarly, there are many books about decluttering and minimalism that will inspire you to declutter your life.

Some of my favorites are:

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  • Goodbye things by Fumio Sasaki
  • The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker

As you get inspired, you will start to develop a decluttering mindset. And you will be more motivated to declutter your life.

2. Material things are not going to matter at the end of our lives

One of the biggest mindset shifts you need to make is realizing that things are not going to matter at the end of your life.

All the stuff you have been holding onto is not going to matter. The only thing that is going to matter is HOW you have lived your life and the relationships you have.

According to BJ Miller, what matters at the end of life is simply love, the feeling of comfort, and respect. BJ Miller is a board-certified palliative and hospice specialist who works with people facing the end of life, so he knows what it is all about.

When thinking about death, we can easily define our priorities and what matters to us.

And when you realize that things will not matter at the end of your life, it becomes easier to let go of them.

It’s a powerful way to develop a decluttering mindset.

3. Fill your life with meaning

What do you want from this life?

To keep all of your belongings and stay where you are, and be always weighted down by your stuff? Or do you want to live a life full of adventure, experiences, and memories?

Do you want to have yourself tied up with your stuff? Or do you want to be free?

Do you want to spend your only life in a mess, or do you want to live in a clean, uncluttered, and organized space?

The choice is yours.

But true fulfillment and happiness come from having a life full of meaning. And you can only have that if you start decluttering your life and living with less.

When you have less, you are free to do more. You are free to pursue your dreams and live a life full of meaning.

4. Less is more

Similar to the last point, with less stuff, you have more freedom. You have more time, energy, and money to pursue the things that matter to you.

  • Less clutter can lead to more happiness.
  • Less clutter can lead to more focus.
  • Less clutter can lead to more free time.
  • Less clutter can lead to more productivity.
  • Less clutter means more fulfillment and meaning.

When you think about it, it is true. You can’t have the life that you want when your life is full of clutter. It’s also not good for your mental health, according to Very Well Mind. You have to choose what is important to you and get rid of the rest.

When I say important, I mean what brings value and joy into your life. These are the things that you should keep and everything else should go.

5. The past is gone

I am sorry to tell you this, but the past no longer exists. So why hold on to things from the past? Why keep things that prevent you from living in the present?

You can’t change the past, but you can certainly influence the future. So focus on what is important to you NOW and let go of what is holding you back.

6. More stuff doesn’t equal more happiness

“Only if I had that kitchen gadget, I would be so much happier” or “If I only had that new car, my life would be perfect.”

We have all been there. We think that we need something new or different to be happy. But the truth is, more stuff doesn’t equal more happiness.

More stuff makes you have more responsibilities, and more to worry about.

So instead of chasing after material things, chase after experiences and memories.

For instance, rather than buying a new car, take a road trip with your friends. Instead of getting the latest gadget, go on an adventure. These are the things that will make you happy, and that you will remember for the rest of your life.

Related: How to be happy with what you have?

7. Picture your perfect life every day

Visualization is a powerful tool that you can use in order to achieve your goals, according to this article on Forbes. The better you get at visualizing your perfect life, the easier it will be to get motivated to declutter your life.

  • What does a perfect life look like to you?
  • Do you see yourself living in a beautiful home with only the things that bring you joy?
  • Do you see yourself spending your days doing the things that you love, surrounded by the people who matter to you?
  • Do you see yourself being happy, healthy, and fulfilled?

Keep this picture in your mind every day, and let it be your guide as you declutter your life.

8. You can’t put memories in boxes

You might be tempted to keep things because they remind you of happy times in the past.

But here’s what we know: memories are always with us, whether or not we can change that specific moment from long ago. So instead of lovingly storing these precious moments under your bed for safekeeping (which does happen), get rid of any physical reminders.

The photos and papers cluttering up space at home; trinkets collecting dust on shelves. And focus on keeping only mental ones alive by remembering where all those great stories were first told!

9. It’s not just about getting rid of stuff

When most people think about decluttering, they think about getting rid of things. But that’s not the only way to declutter your life.

While decluttering your stuff, you get rid at the same time of negativity, mental weight, and emotional baggage.

It’s also a great way to let go of things that no longer serve you, such as old beliefs, habits, and grudges.

It’s about making space for what does serve you and what will make you happy.

10. Just start now

Sometimes all we need is just to start. And then it gets easier, we get into the mindset,

Why? Because we love the results. We feel lighter, happier, and freer. We can finally breathe again.

Start with one small area, such as your bedside table, and go from there.

Be curious about how it’s going to go. Think about the meaning of your life and ask yourself if the stuff that is in your hands now will help you live that life.

If not, let it go!

And then observe the changes. They might be small, even non-existent but they should motivate you to keep going. You know that the end result is going to be wonderful, so you have no reasons not to declutter.

Related: Your complete clutter-clearing guide

Don’t be a prisoner of your own clutter

Make this mindset shift and see yourself as the person who is in control of your stuff. Not the other way around!

Be brave and make decisions.

Don’t be a prisoner of your clutter, don’t make it your identity.

You can escape, all you need is that shift button in your head to make the change. And you are ready to go.

And when you’re done, you can live the life you want to.

Now go and take control of your life! Start decluttering and let go of what’s no longer serving you. You got this!

Final thoughts

I hope that you finally have that motivation, that decluttering mindset to get rid of what’s no longer serving you.

I know that it can be really tough, especially when we get attached to material things. But once you let go, it feels so liberating!

And if it doesn’t, you still have to try. Don’t worry, you can always rebuy what you got rid of. And maybe one day you will come to a point when you enjoy decluttering and it’s going to be a part of your life!

If you have any tips on decluttering or how to get into the mindset, please share them in the comments below! I would love to hear from you.

Cheers, Diana

Unwanted Gifts: How to Handle & Prevent Receiving Them

a girl receiving unwanted gifts

If you are a human being, you have probably received some unwanted gifts at some point in your life: for Christmas, birthdays, mother’s day, father’s day, etc. And you certainly know that feeling: the disappointment, and the forced smile. Not only that but after the initial reaction comes the question of what to do with the gift. And that is what we are going to handle today.

From a minimalist point of view, and not only, keeping unwanted gifts is a bad idea for several reasons:

  • They take up space in your home that could be used for better purposes
  • They add to the clutter and chaos in your life
  • They occupy your mind space and energy, which could be used for more positive things
  • They could be used by someone who really needs them
  • They just lose their value over time since they are not being used

So keeping unwanted gifts is a no-no. But what can you do with them?

What to do with unwanted gifts?

If you have received a gift that you do not want or need, here are some options of what you can do with it:

  1. Politely return it to the person who gave it to you
  2. Donate it to charity, friends, or family
  3. Sell it
  4. Return it to the store
  5. Regift it to someone who (you think) would appreciate it
  6. Upcycle it
  7. Keep it (for a while)

Let’s explore these options in more detail.

Further reading: The ultimate minimalist list of things to get rid of

1. Politely return it to the person who gave it to you

Returning a gift to the person who gave it to you can be a bit tricky and it really depends on the situation. It requires a lot of tactfulness, so think about it carefully before you take this step.

Also, it depends on the person.

There are people that put a lot of effort and time into choosing a gift and they would be really hurt if you returned it. On the other hand, there are people who would understand perfectly and would appreciate your sincereness. There might also be situations where the person who gave you the gift actually likes it and might use it themselves.

Moreover, it might depend on how close you are to the person. If it is someone really close to you, like a family member or a good friend, they might not take it too badly. Whereas, if it is someone you are not that close to, they might be offended.

If you decide to return the gift, make sure you do it in a gentle and tactful way. Thank the person for the gift and explain why you are returning it. For example, you can say that you already have one, that you are moving and downsizing, that it doesn’t fit, or you simply don’t feel the need to have it.

2. Donate it to charity, friends, or family

One option you have is to donate the unwanted gift to charity, friends, or family. This is the most heartwarming, selfless, and fulfilling option. It will make you feel good knowing that your gift is going to someone who really needs or wants it and that it will bring them joy.

There are many charities that would gladly accept your donation, so do some research and find one that you resonate with.

As for friends and family, think about someone close to you who might really appreciate the gift. For example, if you received a book that you don’t want, maybe your friend loves to read and would be thrilled to get it.

Further reading: 20 Main Characteristics of a Minimalist Person

3. Sell it

If you have an unwanted gift, don’t be afraid to sell it! This can provide some extra cash for things that are important in life and also get rid of something we might not need. You can sell it online on platforms like eBay or Craigslist, or you can have a garage sale.

A great tip for online sales is to take quality pictures of the product and write a comprehensive description. This will help you sell it quicker and hopefully for a good price.
As for the garage sale, make sure to advertise your garage sale online and in your neighborhood ahead of time. This will help attract more people and hopefully sell your items quickly.

4. Return it to the store

Did you know that you can return an item to the store without even having the receipt?

The Guardian has an article about this, telling that customers have the right to return an item, or at least to exchange it.

Of course, it gets more complicated if you are not the actual customer but you could at least try to exchange it for something else that you actually want or need.

Now, you are very lucky if the person who gave you the gift left the receipt. It means that they know about unwanted gifts and they don’t want you to feel bad about it. So, if you have the receipt, simply take the item back to the store and exchange it or get the money back.

5. Re-gift it to someone who (you think) would appreciate it

I think it is ok to re-gift gifts. Don’t you think so?

I mean, if the persons are not connected in any way and you are pretty sure that the other person would like the gift, then why not?

Let’s take the classic picture frame example. If you receive a picture frame as a gift but it’s simply not your thing, you can re-gift it to someone else. You can actually put a picture of the two of you in the frame and then offer it. Especially if you know that the other person has a gallery wall or is simply into picture frames.

There are so many benefits if you do that:

  • The other person will be happy because they will receive a gift that they actually like.
  • You will make space in your house because you won’t have an unwanted gift taking up space.
  • You will feel good because you made someone else happy.

6. Upcycle it

If you are not familiar with upcycling, it basically means reusing material in order to create something new.

For example, you could turn a pair of jeans into a cute denim purse or some curtains into a pillowcase.

These are of course not the best ideas, but there are endless possibilities when it comes to upcycling and it’s a great way to give an unwanted gift a new life.

What I like about upcycling is that it makes you get creative, and pushes you to look at things in a different way.

Also, the person who gave you the gift would be happy to see that you are using it in a different way and that it’s not just sitting in a box somewhere.

7. Keep it (for a while)

You might not feel ready to get rid of the gift right away, and that’s ok.

Maybe you want to wait until you find the perfect person to give it to or you want to wait until you have the time to upcycle it.

Whatever the reason, it’s ok to keep it for a while, even though it is going to occupy your space.

What you can do is to put it in a box and write a “due date” for it. Or mark it in your calendar. This will help you remember that it’s there and that you need to do something with it.

And if you don’t, you can always give it away to charity.

Related: How to Get Rid of Sentimental Items With No Regret?

How to prevent receiving unwanted gifts?

You probably feel like it’s not in your power to prevent receiving unwanted gifts, but there are actually some things that you can do.

It’s not easy, for sure. But hopefully, it will help you receive gifts that you actually need, or not receive one at all if that is what you want.

Openly tell people what you need

In case you do actually need something, then the best option is to tell people that you know are going to buy you a gift that you need.

It’s going to make not only your life easier but also theirs! I mean, it is so time-consuming to find “the perfect” gift, so why not make it easier for them?

They will definitely appreciate it.

On the other hand, if you know that someone is going to buy you a gift but you don’t actually need anything, you can tell them that or tell them to buy you some food, or some experiences.

It’s not impolite to do so, and it will save everyone the trouble.

Make a list of the things that you need and share it with your loved ones

Did you know about WishList Apps? Basically, you can add the things that you want or need to your “list” and then share it with your family and friends.

Some popular platforms are Amazon Wishlist and Etsy Wishlist.

This way, you will avoid receiving unwanted gifts, because people can choose something from your list.

Don’t be shy to try it. I know, it can feel a bit weird at first, but everyone is going to benefit from it (unless, of course, the person that you share the wishlist with didn’t intend to give you anything, oops).

You can also try the old-fashioned way and simply make a list of the things that you need and share it with your loved ones.

Don’t buy gifts for anyone

A great way to prevent receiving unwanted gifts is not to give any yourself!

I mean, sometimes people offer gifts because they feel like they have to, because last time you gave them one, so it’s only fair that they give you one back.

But what if you simply don’t? It will probably feel weird at first, but it will soon become the new normal.

That is what I do with my husband. It’s not like I don’t want to give him gifts, but we simply don’t need anything and we would rather spend the money on something else.

Tell them that you value experiences much more than material possessions

Telling your loved ones that you prefer to spend your money on experiences rather than material possessions is a great way to prevent receiving unwanted gifts.

It’s not that you don’t appreciate the effort, but you would rather go on a trip together or buy tickets to a concert than receive yet another coffee mug.

So emphasize to others that you will rather receive experiences, like a ticket to a concert, than material gifts.

In other words, ask for the gift of presence, not presents.

Related: 10 Reasons Why Material Things Don’t Make You Happy

Ask for consumables

Similar to the last point, you can also ask for consumables, like food or drinks.

This way, you are not going to receive anything that will occupy your space and that you will have to find a place for.

It’s the best gift that you can receive, and it doesn’t miss the spot, because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love food?

Start a fundraising campaign

Do you know that Facebook every year before your birthday allows you to start a fundraising campaign for your favorite charity? Or even for a personal cause.

You can do the same on other platforms, like GoFundMe.

Starting a fundraising campaign is a great way to prevent receiving gifts that you don’t need because people can donate to your campaign instead.

And you can use the money raised to buy something that you actually need. Or you could donate them to a charity of your choice.

It’s a win-win situation!

a girl receiving unwanted gifts

Break the habit

Do you have that aunt that gives you all the time the same gift and every time it doesn’t serve any purpose to you?

Or that cousin that buys you something that you will never use?

You can try to break the habit by calling in advance and asking if you can go gift shopping with them, or if they want to go to a concert/movie instead of wasting their money on a gift.

Don’t forget to say thank you

Gifts are meant to be a sign that you care for that person, that you were thinking of them this Christmas, or whatever.

So, any gift, even an unwanted one, has a good intention behind it.

So, when you receive a gift that you don’t need or want, don’t forget to say thank you and mean it.

The best way to do it is to show your appreciation for the thought behind the gift, and not the gift itself.

Final thoughts

Unwanted gifts can be such a weight on your shoulders, but hopefully, these tips will help you to deal with them in the best way possible!

Remember, it’s the thought that counts, so don’t let an unwanted gift get you down. Get creative with it, or find a way to make use of it in your everyday life, or in someone else’s life.

You can also use it as an opportunity to teach your loved ones about your lifestyle and what you value most in life.

I hope these tips were helpful, and I wish you all the best.

Cheers, Diana

Further reading: 20 Minimalist Blogs That You Will Enjoy Reading in 2022

The Basics of Minimalism: a Guide for Beginner Minimalists

the basics of minimalism, a guide for beginner minimalists

Minimalism is powerful. That is why you have to learn the right way basics of minimalism. It takes self-control and a lot of motivation to achieve this way of life. But it is worth it because this lifestyle has so many benefits that can make your life easier and more enjoyable.

Have you tried getting on a minimalist journey but failed? Or do you want to learn about this way of living so you can start reaping its benefits? Maybe you are the complete opposite of a minimalist and you feel like your life is way too messy and that a minimalist lifestyle is a solution to your problem.

Whatever your reasons are, minimalism is going to be a great life change for you if you do it the right way.

I see a lot of people starting their minimalist journey in the wrong place, and because of that, they often give up or get overwhelmed and go back to their old ways. I know why, and I am here to help you avoid making the same mistakes. Or finally getting on the right track. Sometimes all you need is just some basics of minimalism.

A word of encouragement

Whether you:

  • have a family
  • are a student
  • are a stuff hoarder
  • are a shopaholic
  • think that you have way too many things and can’t do anything about it
  • your family members are not interested in minimalism

…you still can become a minimalist.

I’ve seen people that were hoarders for dozen years and they managed to get rid of everything in a matter of months. And let me remind you: hoarding is a disorder, and if somebody with a hoarding disorder can do it, you definitely can.

This means that there are ways how to become a minimalist for everyone. You just have to learn the basics of minimalism, find what works for you and be consistent with it.

What is minimalism?

Let’s start with the basics of minimalism.

Minimalism is a way of life where you focus your time and energy on things that are meaningful and valuable to you and you get rid of everything else.

When I say “get rid of”, I don’t mean only the physical stuff. I am talking about getting rid of the mental clutter as well, such as:

  • toxic relationships
  • negative thoughts and emotions
  • time-wasting activities, like cleaning all the time

Anything that doesn’t make you happy or doesn’t positively contribute to your life can be considered something you should get rid of. This is one of the most important basics of minimalism.

Benefits of being a minimalist

The one most important benefit of minimalism is that it is life-changing. You can get from being tired all the time, frustrated, anxious, and stressed to feeling energetic, happy, and free.

Here are some more reasons why you should become a minimalist:

  • you will have more free time for things that bring meaning because you will get rid of time-wasting activities like cleaning all the time or watching too much TV.
  • you will save money because you will get rid of unnecessary expenses and you will learn how to live with less.
  • you will be more productive because you will get rid of distractions and you will focus on what is important.
  • you will feel lighter emotionally because you will get rid of toxic relationships and negative thoughts but also physical clutter.
  • you will have more energy because you will get rid of things that drain your energy.
  • you will be freer, both physically and mentally, because you will get rid of the stuff that weighs you down.
  • you will be able to live more intentionally because you will be more aware of your surroundings and you will focus on what is important to you.
  • you will be happier, more relaxed, and more content because you will focus on things that bring you joy.
  • you will support the environment because you will consume less and you will waste less.

The Basics of Minimalism

To make it easier for you to get into a minimalist lifestyle, I’ve compiled a list of the basics of minimalism to get started.

These are a bunch of tips, ideas, and principles that will help you learn the basics of minimalism. They have helped me to become a minimalist and I’m sure they will help you too.

1. Be intentional about what you own

Life gets busy, and we often find ourselves with things we never really wanted or needed in the first place. Your mental space gets full of the constant “noise” of stuff and it’s hard to focus on what truly matters.

The best way to combat this is to be intentional about what you own. Be mindful of the things you bring into your life.

Not only that, but look at the things that you already own. Do they all bring you joy? Do they bring value to your life or make your life easier in any way?

As Chuck Palahniuk said, “The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.”

It is because we often put so much importance and value on the things we own, that they end up owning us. So, be intentional about what you own, and don’t let the things you own control you.

Related: 9 ways to be intentional every day

2. Choose your battles wisely

In our society, we are constantly bombarded with choices. Should you buy this or that? Should you order pizza or sushi?

There are so many choices to make that it can be overwhelming. And often, we make choices that we later regret because we didn’t think them through properly.

The key is to choose your battles wisely. Not every choice that you make needs to be a life-altering decision.

Here’s a simple way to do it:

Whenever you are faced with a choice, like whether to buy something or not, ask yourself “Will this choice bring me closer to my goals or further away from them?”

If the answer is closer, then go ahead and make the choice. But if the answer is further away, then maybe it’s not worth it.

Do the same with the stuff that you already own, and ask yourself if it’s bringing you closer to your goals or further away. If it’s the second option, just let it go.

3. Have a place for everything

One of the basics of minimalism is that everything has its place. There are no random piles of stuff lying around, everything is in its place. And I mean it, your countertops (the places where usually all the random stuff accumulates) should be clear too.

If your earphones don’t have a specific place in the house, where do you think it is going to end up? More than likely, it will just become another pile of stuff on your countertop.

When everything has its place, it’s easier to keep your house clean and tidy. It also makes it easier to find things when you need them.

4. Get rid of distractions

In our constantly busy society, it’s easy to get caught up in things that don’t truly matter and lose focus on what to do.

Social media, TV, and even our phones can be huge distractions that prevent us from living in the moment and enjoying our lives.

A great way to combat this is to get rid of distractions or at least minimize them.

For example, if you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media, uninstall the app from your phone or at least turn off the notifications. You can also set specific times when you allow yourself to use certain distractions.

You don’t even know how much negativity and useless information you’re exposed to daily. Instead, you could spend that time on some self-care activities, reading a positive book, or spending time with your loved ones.

5. Practice mindfulness

I think mindfulness became such a popular thing, that some of us are like “Oh, ok, what is the next advice, I already know this one”. When in reality, we are not even close to mastering it.

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and not letting your thoughts wander off to the past or future.

It sounds easy, but it’s quite difficult to do. The key is to be aware of your thoughts and when they start wandering off, to bring them back to the present moment. And you can become better at this only if you do it regularly, like for the rest of your life.

Mindfulness and minimalism go hand in hand because when you are present, you are more likely to appreciate the things that you have and less likely to want more stuff.

6. Realize that stuff doesn’t make you happy

One of the basics of minimalism is to be happy with less. Why? Because stuff doesn’t make you happy.

It might give you a temporary feeling of happiness, but it doesn’t last. The feeling quickly fades away and you are left with the same level of happiness that you had before you bought the thing.

Don’t believe me? Just think about the last time you bought something that you wanted. How long did the feeling of happiness last? A few hours? A day?

Sure, it might make your life easier, and more comfortable but it doesn’t make you happy. In fact, we are naturally prone to be unhappy. So why bother wanting that thing?

You can be happy with less because happiness comes from within. It comes from our relationships, our experiences, and our thoughts and attitude toward life.

Related: 10 Reasons Why Material Things Don’t Make You Happy

7. Don’t compare yourself to others

When you live a minimalist lifestyle, you don’t own much. And therefore it is easy to compare yourself to others who have more.

It’s easy to look at someone else’s life and think “I wish I had what they have”. But you need to realize that those people are not happy just because they have more stuff.

They might have more stuff, but they might also have more debt, more bills, and more to worry about.

Also, the grass is always greener on the other side. You don’t know what someone else’s life is really like. They might have a lot of stuff, but they might also be really unhappy.

The best way to avoid comparison is to focus on your own life and what makes you happy. Be grateful for what you have and don’t worry about what someone else has.

Related: Comparison is the Thief of Joy: But It Doesn’t Have to Be

8. Learn to let go

One of the most important things to do if you want to live a minimalist lifestyle is to learn to let go.

To let go not only physically, but also emotionally and mentally.

This means that you need to be able to let go of your possessions, but also your grudges, resentments, and negative thoughts.

Sometimes even when you think that you let go of something, it’s still holding you back. It feels you with negative energy.

Instead of that, you could simply let go and fill that space with positivity, love, and gratitude.

Mistakes to avoid when becoming a minimalist

As I said before, I see a lot of people begin their minimalist lifestyle in the wrong spot, and as a result, they give up or become frustrated.

To help you avoid making the same mistakes, here are the most common ones I see people make:

Decluttering while still acquiring new things

This is probably the most common mistake I see people make. They reward themselves with acquiring new things after they declutter.

So they declutter their closet and then go shopping and buy new clothes. Or they clear out their garage and then buy new tools.

This way, you are not decluttering, you are just moving the stuff around.

The key to becoming a minimalist is to change your mindset from “I need more things” to “I have enough”.

And this is what leads me to mistake nr 2.

Not being content with what you have

Contentment is key when it comes to minimalism. You need to be content with what you have, otherwise, you will always want more and more things.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t ever desire anything new, but it does mean that you should appreciate the stuff that surrounds you and be thankful for it. Be grateful for your clothes, for your furniture, for your home.

If you learn to be content with what you have, you won’t feel the need to acquire more and more things.

Not decluttering enough

While it is true that you shouldn’t get rid of 90% of your belongings, it is also true that you shouldn’t keep everything just because.

There are a lot of people who declutter their homes but they still have too much stuff.

Let’s say you start decluttering your closet. And you get rid of about 20% of them but there are still tons of them. So many that you can’t organize them and make them all visible.

Do you think it is going to benefit you in any way? Are you going to see the benefits of decluttering if your closet is still full of clothes?

No, you won’t.

So don’t stop decluttering until you see results reflecting on you. Until you feel lighter and freer.

Decluttering the wrong way

Some people when declutter don’t have a specific plan in mind or a specific goal. So they just start decluttering without knowing where to stop or what their end goal is.

The result? Most of the time they give up before they even start seeing results.

Related: 10 steps on starting decluttering when overwhelmed by the mess

To avoid this, you need to know some things before you start decluttering:

Ask yourself these questions while decluttering

  • When was the last time I used this?
  • Do I have a duplicate of this item?
  • Does this bring me joy?
  • Is this essential to my life?
  • Does it make my life easier?
  • Would I buy this again if I didn’t have it?

Answering these questions will help you declutter more efficiently and it will help you focus on the things that truly matter and that you NEED.

Let go of sentimental items

Sentimental items are a big thing. We all have them and we all find it hard to get rid of them. And they just clutter our space, get dusty, and weigh us down.

We think that the physical object brings all the memories back, so we hold on to them. But that’s not true. The memories are in our minds, in our hearts. They are not in the physical object.

A great tip is to take a photograph of the sentimental item and then let go of it. Make a folder on your computer called “Sentimental items” and save all the photos there.

Related: How to Get Rid of Sentimental Items With No Regret?

If in doubt, let go of it

This is a great rule of thumb when it comes to decluttering. If you are unsure about an item if you are debating whether or not to keep it, just let it go.

Most of the time, you will not remember at all that this item even existed. And if you do and feel the urgent need to have it, you can always buy it again. But trust me, you will be much ahead without it.

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Donate, recycle, or through away after decluttering

Sometimes after decluttering we postpone the next step, which is to get rid of the stuff we don’t want or need. We say things like “I’ll donate this later” or “I’ll give this away to a friend”. But later never comes and the stuff just sits there, STILL cluttering our space.

So, after you declutter, make sure to donate, recycle, or through away the stuff immediately. Set the time for it and make sure to do it.

Forget to express gratitude

Do you own something that you wanted for a long time? Let’s say you always wanted to have your own house or that food processor.

Ok, now you have it. Do you take it for granted? Do you ever stop and think about how grateful you are for having it?

Or do you just desire something else and forget to appreciate what you already have?

Be grateful for everything you own, no matter how big or small it is.

I remember thinking that “Only if I lived in that house I would be happy”. Now I live here, in my dream house, but sometimes, I still find myself wanting something else and forgetting to appreciate what I have.

Practicing gratitude is a great way to become more mindful about the things you own and it will help you declutter your mind from the constant desire for more.

Related: How to Write a Gratitude List? – A Complete Guide

Final thoughts

Remember, minimalism is a lifestyle, not a destination. It’s a journey, not a race. And there is no finish line.

You can start living a minimalist lifestyle today, and you can continue on this journey for the rest of your life.

Wherever you are right now: you have too many clothes, a big family, a lot of debt, or 10 cats, it’s never too late to start living a minimalist lifestyle.

Move slowly but surely and don’t try to do everything at once. Just focus on one area of your life and work on that.

Also, realize that there is no perfect way to live a minimalist lifestyle. You don’t have to follow all the rules, and you don’t have to do everything that other minimalists do.

Find your own way and do what works for you.

Just remember the basics of minimalism: live with less, focus on what’s important, and let go of what doesn’t serve you. And most importantly, enjoy the journey!

I hope you got an idea about what the basics of minimalism are and it has inspired you to get started or to keep going.

Cheers, Diana

Minimal Capsule Wardrobe: How to Build One?

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Having a minimal capsule wardrobe can be a great way to save money and simplify your life. By only owning a few essential items, you can reduce clutter and make getting dressed each day much more manageable.

Most people would love a minimal capsule wardrobe but have no idea where to start. It gets overwhelming and it feels like a minimal capsule wardrobe is not for you, you need to put too much effort into it and don’t even know if it’s going to lead you in the right direction.

Whether it is because you don’t know your style, you have too many clothes, or simply because you don’t know how to start, I have created the perfect solution for you. It’s going to make your minimal capsule wardrobe journey so much easier.

What is a capsule wardrobe?

A minimal capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items that can be mixed and matched to create many different looks.

Capsule wardrobes are usually divided into a few basic items that you wear all the time and items for each season that have to be stored away until next year. This way you can have a small number of items that you love and use all the time, without having the visual noise and excess of a larger wardrobe.

The color palette

There is a misconception that a minimal capsule wardrobe has to contain neutral colors like black, white, and grey. But that’s not true at all! You can have a capsule wardrobe with any colors you want.

The important thing is that they match well together and you feel good wearing them.

If you love bright colors, then make that your capsule wardrobe theme! The same goes for prints and patterns. You can have a capsule wardrobe with all different colors and prints as long as they go together.

It all depends on your style

A minimalist capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be restrictive or boring. It can be whatever you want it to be!

If you’re more of a classic dresser, you can build a capsule wardrobe around timeless pieces like a white button-down shirt, a black blazer, and a well-fitting pair of jeans.

If you’re more of a bohemian, you can build a capsule wardrobe around flowy dresses and tops, distressed denim, and earthy tones.

You can even have a different style for each season! For example, in the winter you might want to focus on cozy sweaters and jeans, while in the summer you might want to focus on something more formal or edgy.

In the end, it depends on your seasonal mood and overall style. The idea is to have clothes that match and that you love.

What is not included in a capsule wardrobe?

Again, there is this misconception that a minimal capsule wardrobe also contains things like underwear, socks, and pajamas. But it’s not true.

I mean, look at the definition of a capsule wardrobe. And then think if you need your socks to match your blouse. I don’t think so.

A capsule wardrobe only contains clothes and accessories that you would wear in public.

So here is the list that is not included in a capsule wardrobe:

  • underwear
  • socks
  • pajamas
  • gym clothes
  • hiking clothes
  • swimsuits
  • formal wear

That being said, it doesn’t mean that you need to have a ton of the things listed above. Keep it minimum. For example, you probably only need one pair of hiking shoes and one pair of gym shoes. Less is more.

How many clothes should be in a capsule wardrobe?

This is a cliche answer but it is completely up to you!

However, I have a few anchor points to make it easier for you. You will need around:

  • 25 basic/everyday&everyseason clothes
  • 10 clothing pieces for each season
  • And a few more clothes for special occasions

You might be thinking that this is still a lot of clothes. But again, a capsule wardrobe it’s about having a smaller number of high-quality clothes that you love and that match well between them.

It’s not about having a lot of clothes that you never wear and that are just taking up space in your closet.

The benefits of having a capsule wardrobe

There are so many benefits to having a capsule wardrobe!

Saving money

When you have a smaller number of clothes that perfectly fit your style and needs, you don’t feel the need to go out and buy new clothes all the time. You know what you have and you know what works for you, so you’re not wasting your money on things you don’t need.

More options with fewer clothes

It might sound counterintuitive, but it’s true. When you have a capsule wardrobe, you have a smaller number of clothes to choose from but you can create more outfit combinations. This is because all of your clothes go together!

You save time and energy

When you have a capsule wardrobe, getting dressed in the morning is so much easier. You don’t have to spend hours sifting through your closet trying to find something to wear, you already know what works and what doesn’t, so getting dressed is a breeze.

You feel good in what you’re wearing

You’re always going to feel confident and stylish, no matter what you’re wearing.

You support ethical fashion

When you have a capsule wardrobe, you’re more likely to buy high-quality, ethically made clothes. This is because you’re not buying clothes just for the sake of buying them. You’re being more intentional with your purchases, which is better for both you and the environment.

You are being more intentional

In general, having a capsule wardrobe makes you more mindful of your clothing purchases. You think about what you need and what will work with the clothes you already have. This helps you to avoid impulsive purchases and to only buy things that you truly love and will wear often.

Related: 35 Intentional Living Quotes to Make the Most Out of Your Life

Fast fashion vs slow fashion

A big reason why a minimal capsule wardrobe is so beneficial is that it helps you to avoid fast fashion.

Fast fashion is the idea of buying a lot of cheap, trends-based clothing. It’s the complete opposite of a capsule wardrobe, which is focused on high-quality, timeless pieces.

The problem with fast fashion is that it’s not sustainable. The clothes are often made in unethical and unsustainable ways and they end up in landfills after being worn a few times because of their poor quality.

Slow fashion, on the other hand, is all about buying fewer, better-made pieces. The clothes are made to last and they’re made in sustainable and ethical ways.

When you have a capsule wardrobe, you’re automatically buying slow fashion pieces because you’re only buying what you need and what you’ll wear for a long time.

This is better for both you and the environment!

Use what you have

Before we start with the steps on how to build your capsule wardrobe, I want to mention that you don’t need to shop all your capsule wardrobe. You are mostly going to use what you have.

I mean, who has the money to go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe? Not me!

You can definitely buy a few key pieces to add to your capsule, and I will guide you later on what those pieces might be. But for the most part, you’ll be using what’s already in your closet.

Whatever you do, don’t get rid of everything in your closet, and start from scratch. That’s a waste of time, money, and resources.

A step-by-step guide on how to build your minimal capsule wardrobe

This is the guide I wish I had when I was first starting out! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry. Just take it one step at a time and you’ll get there.

Look for style inspiration

Before you start building your capsule wardrobe, it’s helpful to have an idea of the kind of style you want. Look for style inspiration online or in magazines. This will help you to figure out what kind of pieces you need to look for.

The best place to start is Pinterest. You can search for specific items or just general style inspiration. Pay attention to versatile pieces, and that you can see yourself wearing over and over again.

Also, think about the colors you want to include in your capsule. Do you want a neutral palette or are you looking to add some color?

You don’t need to have everything figured out from the start, but it’s helpful to have a general idea of the kind of style you’re going for.

Keep in mind that you might be a combination of more styles, but one of them will be predominant. For instance, you might have a predominant casual style with a bit of romantic and formal style.

Think about your lifestyle

What do you usually do during the week? Do you go to an office job? Do you exercise a lot? Or do you have a lot of hanging out with friends?

Your lifestyle should dictate what kind of capsule wardrobe you build. If you have a more casual lifestyle, you might not need as many dressy items. But if you have a more formal lifestyle, you might need quite a lot of them.

A great tip is to think in percentages. Let’s say that you are working 40% of your time and your work requires quite a formal style, it means that you need 40% of your clothes to be suitable for work.
Then, about other 40-50% should be suitable for your free time and the rest of 10-20% can be dedicated to special occasions or parties.

Start sorting all of your clothes

Now it’s time to take everything out of your wardrobe! Yes, everything.

This seems daunting, but it’s necessary in order to get a good idea of what you have and what you need.

Once everything is out, divide it into three piles: keep, give away, and maybe.

  • The keep pile is for the clothes that you love and wear often.
  • The giveaway pile is for the clothes that you don’t wear or that you don’t love. These are the pieces that you’ll be getting rid of.
  • The maybe pile is for the clothes that you’re not sure about.

The maybe pile

At this point, you might have a ton of clothes in your maybe pile and little to no clothes in the giveaway pile. And that is totally ok. We will start solving this problem right now.

Go through each piece of clothing and ask yourself these questions:

  • When was the last time I wore it? Was it more than 2-3 weeks ago?
  • Does it fit me well?
  • Do I feel good when I wear it?
  • Is it comfortable?
  • Does it reflect my style? Or my personality? (Use your intuition.)
  • Is it timeless or is it a trend piece?

These questions will guide you in deciding whether or not to keep a piece of clothing.

If you still can’t decide, ask yourself this question: “If I saw this piece in a store right now, would I buy it?” If the answer is no, get rid of it.

Related: The Complete Guide on How To Get Rid of Clothes

Get rid of duplicates

You might still have a lot of clothes. And again, that is ok.

Go through your clothes and look for duplicates. Do you have two black t-shirts? Or three pairs of jeans in the same style?

Oh, I know, they are all comfy but we are trying to maximize the number of outfits with minimum clothes. That is the point of a capsule wardrobe.

You don’t need two of everything. So, get rid of the duplicates and keep only one of each item.

Remember: It is ok to have the same T-shirt but in a different color. What we don’t want is to have the same T-shirt in the same color.

Check the ratio between tops and bottoms

Right now you might have too many shirts and not enough pants or too many pants and not enough shirts.

This needs to be solved.

The ideal ratio is 30/70. This means that you need about 30% bottoms and 70% tops. But this is just a general guideline. You can adjust it according to your lifestyle and your preferences.

The idea is to try to get to a point when the proportion feels balanced to you.

Keep in mind: You want your clothes to match and be interchangeable. This is what we try to do when we build a capsule wardrobe.

Fill the gaps

This is one of the most important steps of all. Filling the gaps. This is when you need to observe, be creative, and use your intuition.

  • Do you feel like there is something missing in your wardrobe?
  • Do you find yourself reaching for the same clothes over and over again?
  • What do you need in order to feel more put together?
  • Do you need a blazer for work? Or a pair of comfortable sneakers for your free time?

Whatever it is, give it some time and let yourself know what you need. You don’t need to rush into anything.

At this point, you are experimenting with your style and finding what works best for you.

You might not get it right the first time but that is ok. Just keep experimenting.

Create building blocks

Building blocks are the foundation of your capsule wardrobe. They are the clothes that you will wear over and over again.

They are the pieces that you feel comfortable in and that you can mix and match easily.

Building blocks are versatile and timeless, and they reflect your style.

Some examples of building blocks are:

  • a white T-shirt
  • a black T-shirt
  • a black blazer
  • a pair of timeless jeans
  • a little black dress
  • a neutral sweater
  • a denim jacket

Remember: a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to be neutral in colors. You can definitely add some color to your wardrobe. The only rule is to have colors that match between.

Always adjust your style

Your style changes all the time. It changes according to your new phases of life, your mood, or the season.

You might become a mom, have a remote job, or move to a new city. These changes will definitely affect your style.

That is why it is important to always adjust your wardrobe according to your current situation.

A capsule wardrobe is not set in stone. It is flexible and it changes along with you.

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Final thoughts

A capsule wardrobe is a great way to save time, money, and energy. It is also a great way to find your personal style.

Start small and gradually build your way up. Don’t try to do everything at once.

And always remember: A capsule wardrobe is not about restricting yourself. It is about having less but better.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I would love to hear from you.

Cheers, Diana

Minimalist Apartment Checklist

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It can be hard to come up with all the stuff that you need for your apartment as a minimalist, that is why I have created this minimalist apartment checklist to get you an idea of what you might actually need.

Whether you’re moving to a new apartment or downsizing the belongings in your apartment, there’s one thing that’s for sure: you don’t need a lot of stuff. In fact, transitioning to a minimalist lifestyle can be liberating. Not only will you have less to worry about, but you’ll also save money in the long run.

So, where do you start? Creating a minimalist apartment checklist is a great way to get organized and streamline your belongings. But it can be tough to know what to keep and what to get rid of. After all, everyone’s definition of “essential” differs.

To help you out, I’ve put together a list of must-haves for your minimalist apartment—no matter your budget or style preference.

Remember that you can always add more to it, or take away items, as you see fit.

What is a minimalist apartment?

A minimalist apartment is an intentional space that contains only the essentials—furniture, appliances, and decor that serve a purpose and bring you joy. The goal is to declutter your living space and simplify your life.

By doing so, you’ll be left with a clean, peaceful, and functional home that reflects your personal style. Plus, you’ll save time and money by not having to upkeep a bunch of unnecessary stuff.

Why having a minimalist apartment

There are many benefits to having a minimalist apartment, including:

  • more free time
  • less cleaning
  • more space in your apartment
  • less stress and anxiety
  • more money in your pocket
  • more functional and efficient use of your space
  • a higher quality of life.

The minimalist apartment checklist

Now that you know the basics, it’s time to create your minimalist apartment checklist. Below you can see the items that I think are essential for any minimalist apartment, regardless of your budget or style preference.

Keep in mind that in this article I don’t include any perishables, like food, chemicals, dish soaps, or shampoos, as they’re not technically part of your “apartment.”

Let’s divide this checklist into rooms:

Living room

This is the most important space in your house since you probably spend most of your time here. So you don’t want it to be cluttered, or full of things you don’t use or need. You want it to be functional, cozy, and inviting—a place where you can relax and enjoy your time.

Related: Minimalism and Hygge: Getting Cozy Without the Clutter

Here are some suggestions for what to include in your living room:

A comfortable couch or armchair

This is where you’ll relax, read a book, or watch TV. So make sure it’s comfortable and inviting.

I would advise you to look into multipurpose furniture if you can, like a couch bed. So when you have friends or family stay over, they have a place to sleep.

Pillows and a blanket

They come in handy when you want to snuggle up with a good book or movie. You could live without them, of course, but they make your living room cozier, and it matters.

TV and TV board

I know, TV takes up a lot of space. But if you’re like most people, you probably watch it every day. So it makes you happy. So you need it. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be minimal.

If you want a screen but not a TV so it doesn’t take up a lot of space, you can invest in a projector, or just use your laptop.

As for the TV board, make sure it’s something minimal where you can also put other things like a few books that you love.

Coffee table

A coffee table makes the living room so much more inviting and cozy. It’s a great place to put your coffee or a small minimal natural decor (like a vase of flowers).


Lighting is important in any room, but especially in the living room where you want to create a cozy atmosphere. There are lamps that take up very little space and still give off a lot of light (if you need it).

I have a lamp that has a remote where you can adjust the lighting in the room. It’s pretty cool that I don’t need more than one lamp.


Carpet makes any room feel cozy. It also helps to keep the noise level down (especially if you live in an apartment).

It makes it easier to lay down on the floor (if you have kids or want to do yoga at home) and it just looks nicer than a bare floor.

You might be interested in What is Minimalist Aesthetic and How to Achieve it?


The kitchen is another important room in the house where you spend a lot of time. So you want it to be functional, efficient, and stylish.

Here are some suggestions for what you would need in your kitchen:

Essential kitchen electric appliances

These include:

  • fridge
  • oven
  • stove
  • blender (it is very multifunctional, which is a big plus for a minimalist apartment).

You probably use all of these appliances on a daily basis, so they’re essential.

Tableware and silverware

You need plates, bowls, and cups—preferably in a neutral color. I like white because it goes with everything.

As for silverware, you need the basics: forks, knives, and spoons.

Make sure that you have only a few of each so that your kitchen is not full of things you don’t use.

Pots and pans

You need a few essential pots and pans for cooking. Again, make sure that you only have what you need so that your kitchen is not cluttered.

Baking supplies

If you like to bake, then you need a few essential baking supplies. This might include:

  • a small baking pan
  • a muffin tin
  • a cookie sheet
  • a cake pan

You might need only one of these, and that’s totally fine.

Dish rack

A dish rack is essential for a minimalist kitchen. It helps to keep your counters clutter-free.

You can find dish racks that are very simple and take up very little space.


You need a few kitchen towels to dry dishes and clean up spills.

Trash bin

Unless you live in Scandinavia where trash bins are implemented directly in the furniture under the sink, you will need a small trash bin in your kitchen.

IKEA has a wide range of small and discreet trash bins that fit perfectly in any apartment and are also quite cheap.

Table and chairs

If you eat and if you are not an extreme minimalist, you will need a small table and chairs for your kitchen.

Nothing fancy, just something functional that you can use for eating and working.

Cupboards, shelves, and drawers

You need storage space in your kitchen. So if your apartment doesn’t already have cupboards, shelves, and drawers, you will need to buy some.

Try to have just enough storage so that your kitchen is not cluttered.


The bedroom is a very personal space, so you can really make it your own.

Here are some ideas for what to include in your bedroom:

Bed and mattress

The most important piece of furniture in the bedroom is the bed. You want a bed that is comfortable and that fits the style of your bedroom.

Also, make sure that you get a good mattress. A good night’s sleep is essential for anyone, really.

Sheets, pillows, and blankets

You need sheets, pillows, and blankets for your bed. It is best if you find a nice fabric that is soft and comfortable.

I like cotton because it is very breathable.

Bedside table

A bedside table is very useful because it gives you a place to put things like a lamp, your alarm clock, and your book.


If reading in bed is your thing, then you need a lamp on your bedside table. Although you might still need a lamp for night wakings.


A closet is essential for storing your clothes, shoes, and other belongings.

Again, you want to make sure that you have enough storage but not too much. You don’t want your closet to be cluttered.

A capsule wardrobe is something that you might want to consider.

What you Can do When you Have too Many Clothes?


In apartments bathrooms are usually very small, so you want to make sure that you use the space wisely.

Here are some ideas for what you might need to include in your bathroom:

Bath and hand towels

You need a few bath towels and hand towels for showering and bathing. Again, you want to find a nice fabric that is soft and comfortable.

Shower curtain

A shower curtain is essential. You can find shower curtains in a variety of colors and patterns.

Toilet brush and plunger

A toilet brush is essential for keeping your toilet clean.

A plunger is also essential for unclogging toilets.

Trash bin

You will need a small trash bin for your bathroom. This is where you can put things like used hygiene products.

A few drawers

You might want a few small drawers for your bathroom. This is where you can put things like toiletries and towels.


The hallway is often overlooked space in apartments. But it is actually a very important space because it is usually the first thing that you see when you enter the apartment.

Here are some ideas for what to include in your hallway:

A place to hang coats and jackets

If you live in a cold climate, you will need a place to hang your coats and jackets.

A place to store shoes

You will also need a place to store your shoes. A small bench or a shelf will do the trick.

A mirror

A mirror is always useful, especially in a small space like a hallway. It can make the space look bigger and it can also be used for checking your appearance before you leave the apartment.

Tips for your minimalist apartment checklist

As I said in the beginning, everyone’s minimalist apartment checklist will look different.

But here are a few general tips to keep in mind:

Multipurpose furniture

When it comes to multipurpose furniture, there are endless possibilities. From couch beds to storage ottomans, investing in pieces that serve more than one purpose will save you space and money in the long run.

Simple decor

Decorating your new place doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive—less is definitely more when it comes to minimalist living. Stick to a few key pieces that make a big impact, like large statement art or a vintage rug.

And don’t forget about plants! They add life (literally) to any room and don’t require much maintenance.

Technology must-haves

In today’s world, it’s impossible to live without some form of technology—but that doesn’t mean you need the latest and greatest gadget on the market. A smartphone, laptop, and Wi-Fi access should suffice for most people’s needs. If you work from home or are a student, you may need additional equipment like a printer or external hard drive—but only if they’re absolutely essential.

A good book (or two)

Whether you prefer eBooks or traditional paperbacks, having at least one good book on hand is always nice—especially when you need a break from screens! You might also consider creating a minimalist library if that is your thing.

Curl up with your favorite read on rainy days or lazy weekends and enjoy some uninterrupted me-time.*

*Bonus tip: If you’re an avid reader but short on space, try signing up for an online library like Kindle Unlimited or Scribd. That way, you can borrow books electronically without taking up any physical space.

Be mindful of your perishables

If you’re living in a small space, you probably don’t have room for a large refrigerator or pantry. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of your perishables and only buy what you know you’ll use within a certain period of time.

I’ve been there: when you buy lots of cleaning supplies, a few shampoos just in case, 10 kg of flour, and other things that take a lifetime to finish. So, try to be more mindful and purposeful when stocking your shelves—you’ll save money and reduce food waste in the process.

Final thoughts

No matter what your individual needs are, I hope this minimalist apartment checklist has given you some ideas for how to get started. Remember, the key to successful minimalism is to declutter regularly and only keep the things that you absolutely need.

When in doubt, ask yourself if an item brings you joy or if it’s truly essential to your daily life. If the answer is no to both, then it’s time to let it go!

What’s on your minimalist apartment checklist? Share in the comments below!

Thank you for reading.

Enjoy your day!

Cheers, Diana

How to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle with a Family?

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You might ask yourself if it’s even possible to live a minimalist lifestyle with a family. Well, spoiler alert, yes, it is. But how? And how long does it take?

You may have heard of the minimalist lifestyle and thought it sounded great. A life with less stuff, less stress, and more time to enjoy the things you love sounded amazing! But then you thought about your family. Could you really downsize your life and get rid of all your unneeded belongings with kids in the picture? And maybe a husband who knows nothing about minimalism?

A minimalist lifestyle with a family sounds like an impossible task and such an overwhelming one.

And I know it because I’ve been there. I lived in a house full of stuff, especially clothes. I had closets and drawers full of clothes that I had never worn. Same with my mom and my sister.

Our family storage was full to the brim of things we thought we needed but never used.

Now, having my own family, things are different.

Is it possible to live a minimalist lifestyle with a family?

The short answer is yes! It is possible to live a minimalist lifestyle with a family. In fact, many families are doing it! But it does take some effort and planning to make it work. Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Once you get started, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to live with less.

I am happy to declare that my family’s lifestyle is pretty minimalistic.

Of course, we are not perfect and there are always areas that we can improve on but overall, I would say that we live a very simple life.

We don’t have a lot of stuff and we don’t spend a lot of money.

And we are happy.

What is a minimalist family?

Relax, there is no exact definition of what a minimalist family does or doesn’t do.

But in general, families who live a minimalist lifestyle try to keep only the essential things in their life. They focus on quality over quantity and experiences over things.

And when I say that there is no definition of what a minimalist family is, I mean that it looks different for everyone. For you, it might mean owning 2000 items, and for someone else 15 items (yes, there are people who live with 15 items).

I followed a woman some time ago that declare herself a minimalist (she has 5 children). And yes, she has a minimalist wardrobe for herself and her children. But, in my opinion, she has lots of stuff. Lots of Christmas gifts, all those stuff.

But yes, it is certainly less than an average American family owns. So she does have a minimalist family.

Comparing my family to her, we have much less stuff. And we are also a minimalist family.

So the idea is that it looks different for everyone. And it works differently for everyone. If you want to live a minimalist lifestyle with your family, start small.

Challenges of living a minimalist lifestyle with a family

Considering the fact that it is basically a new lifestyle that you have to implement in your family, there could be some challenges that you might notice in your journey as a minimalist family. Although they might be difficult to face, remember that these challenges are only temporary and they will go away as you and your family get used to the new lifestyle.

So here are some of the challenges that you might come across:

Dealing with your family members’ stuff

One of the biggest challenges of living a minimalist lifestyle with a family is dealing with other people’s stuff. If your spouse or partner is busy or not at home, it can be difficult for you to downsize their belongings. Plus, it’s not a good idea since they know better what they need.

The same goes for your kids. As much as you want to declutter their rooms, it’s not your call.

One way to deal with this is to have a “declutter day” where everyone in the family goes through their belongings and decides what they want to keep and what they want to get rid of. This can be a great way to encourage everyone in the family to participate in your minimalist lifestyle.

Dealing with unwanted gifts

Another challenge you might face is dealing with unwanted gifts. As a family, big or small, you will receive gifts from friends and family. And not all of them will be to your taste or needs.

Well, there are three options that you can do to deal with this:

  • You can re-gift it to someone who will appreciate it more.
  • You can donate it or try to sell it.
  • Or you can tell the person who gave it to you that you don’t need or want it and why.

The most important thing is not to let it clutter your house.

Further reading: Unwanted Gifts: How to Handle & Prevent Receiving Them

One/more of your family members are not open to the idea of a minimalist lifestyle

Of course, it’s not always going to be easy to convince all your family members to jump on the minimalist bandwagon. And that’s okay. You can’t force anyone to change their lifestyle if they’re not ready or open to it.

The best thing you can do is to lead by example and hope that eventually, they’ll come around.

If they see that you thrive and are happy with your new lifestyle, they might be more open to the idea.

You have little to no idea where to start

Not only the decluttering part is overwhelming, but the idea of telling your family about your decision to live a minimalistic lifestyle can be daunting, too.

But trust me: the beginning is the hardest part. Once you get started, it will be much easier.

So the advice for now: JUST START.

You will need a lot of patience

Like with anything new, you will need time to get used to this lifestyle. And it might not be easy at first, especially with a family. Your family members might not be on board with your decision to live a minimalist lifestyle.

So you will need to be patient and explain your reasons for wanting to live this way.

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It might be hard to stay focused on this lifestyle

While now you think that it is the best decision to live a minimalist lifestyle, you might change your opinion later when it is going to get challenging.

Let’s say you are in a store and your child wants a toy that you know he is not going to use for more than a week. You have to stay focused and explain to him why you are not buying it. This can be hard, he might start a tantrum, and you might give in. But if you want to live a minimalist lifestyle, you need to be strong and explain your reasons.

Benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle with a family

Oh, challenges are many but how about the benefits?

You will save money

The first and most obvious benefit is that you will save money. When you declutter your home, you get rid of things you don’t need or use. This means that you will stop buying things that you don’t need. And when you stop buying things you don’t need, you will, obviously, save lots of money.

Less cleaning

I love this one. When you have less stuff, you will have less to clean. This means that you will have more time for the things you love and care about.

Instead of cleaning every day all the toys and clothes that your children have, you can focus on spending more time with your family.

You will feel lighter

Literally. And abstractly. When you declutter your home, you get rid of all the unnecessary things. This will make your home feel lighter and more spacious. And it will make you feel lighter, too. You will get rid of the physical and mental clutter that was weighing you down.

Relationships in your family will grow

When you live a minimalist lifestyle, you will focus on the things that really matter. And one of those things is your family (well, one of the most important ones, actually).

You will have more time and energy to invest in your relationships. You will be able to create lasting memories with your loved ones. For instance, instead of buying your child a new toy every week, you can go on a trip to the park or play catch in the backyard.

You will be happier

You will be surprised how happy you can be with less. When you get rid of all the materialistic things that are weighing you down, you will feel lighter, freer, and happier. And isn’t that what we all want?

Steps to take to live a minimalist lifestyle with a family

So how can you live a simpler life with a family? Here are a few steps: 

1. Finding your “why”

It might sound cliche, but the first step to anything is finding your “why”. Ask yourself: why do you want to live a minimalist lifestyle? To make it easier for you, here are a few reasons why people want to live a minimalist lifestyle:

  • To declutter their life and have less stuff and less cleaning time
  • To simplify their life and focus on what’s important, like family and friends
  • To have more time to pursue their hobbies or passions
  • To save money
  • To live a more eco-friendly lifestyle
  • To reduce stress and anxiety

Once you know your “why”, it will be easier for you to stick to your decision of living a minimalist lifestyle.

Also, you will need to explain your “why” to your family members so they can understand your decision.

2.Get everyone on board

The second step is to get your whole family on board with the idea of living a more minimalist lifestyle.

This can be tough, especially if your kids are used to having a lot of stuff. But some studies show that when kids have less stuff, they are actually happier. Not to mention, it will be a lot easier for you if everyone is on the same page.

Your partner is going to be key in this process. If he/she is not on board, it will be very difficult to make any changes. Talk to your partner about your plans and why you want to live a more minimalist lifestyle. If they are not open to the idea, try to show them the benefits. For example, less stuff means more money to save or spend on experiences.

3. Declutter as a family

Once you’ve got everyone on board, it’s time to start decluttering your home as a family. This doesn’t mean getting rid of all of your possessions – but it does mean being intentional about what you keep and what you get rid of. Have each family member go through their belongings and decide what they want to keep and what they can live without.

Then, donate or sell anything that doesn’t bring you joy. Not only will this give your home a much-needed makeover, but it will also teach your children the importance of living with less. In the future (with very much patience from your side), they’ll be more likely to play with what they have and resist the urge to accumulate stuff they don’t need.

So ask yourself:

  • What do I own that I never use?
  • What do I own that I don’t truly love?
  • What do I own that adds nothing but clutter and stress to my life?

Once you’ve answered those questions, let go of those things—either by selling them, donating them, or throwing them away. Trust me; you won’t miss them once they’re gone. And your life will be all the better for it. 

Related: Your Complete Clutter-Clearing Guide

4. Find joy in simple things

One of the best things about minimalism is that it allows you to find joy in the simple things in life. Instead of spending money on expensive activities or toys, focus on doing things together as a family that doesn’t cost anything – like going for walks, visiting the library, or playing games at home. 

Another great way to find joy in simple things is to cook meals together as a family. This is a great way to bond and it’s also a lot cheaper than eating out all the time.

Moreover, you can stick to some family traditions that don’t require spending any money at all. For example, watching family movies together every Saturday or taking turns telling stories.

5. Set some ground rules

Setting some ground rules as a family is a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to living a minimalist lifestyle.

Examples of ground rules can be:

  • Understanding the difference between needs and wants and only buying what we need
  • For each new item that comes in, one item must go out (it’s especially useful for children, so the toys don’t accumulate in your house).
  • Only eating out on special occasions
  • Have a specific day each month when everyone declutters their belongings (make it fun for the whole family)
  • Planning family activities that don’t cost anything

10 practical tips on minimalism with a family

I know you’ve got this but I’ll give you some tips on minimalism with a family.

1. Practice toy rotation

Toy rotation is when you only have a certain number of toys out at a time and you rotate them every few weeks. This way, your kids won’t get bored and overwhelmed with too many toys and you won’t have to buy new toys as often.

It’s like buying new toys for free from your storage space.

2. Implement one in, one out rule

The one in, one out rule is when you or your child can only have a new toy if they get rid of an old one. That way, you won’t end up with too many toys and your child will learn to be more intentional with their belongings.

3. Always communicate with your partner

It’s hard to educate the kids when you and your partner are not on the same page. So make sure you’re always communicating with each other about your goals and what you expect from each other when it comes to minimalism.

4. Delay gratification

Delaying gratification is one of the most important things you can teach your children. It’s the ability to resist the temptation of instant gratification and wait for something better in the future.

You can teach your children this skill by making them wait for a certain amount of time before they can have a new toy. For example, you can say “if you wait a week, we’ll go to the store and you can pick out one new toy.”

5. Emphasize that stuff doesn’t last but relationships do

Make sure your kids (and your partner) understand that stuff doesn’t last but relationships do. Tell them this in different circumstances and different ways so they really understand it.

One way you can do this is by telling them stories about your childhood and the things that you remember most. Chances are, it’s not the stuff you had but the relationships you had with people.

6. Go places

There are plenty of places you can go as a family that doesn’t cost anything. Visiting the park, going on a nature walk, or going to the library are all great options. The idea is to find things you can do together as a family that don’t require spending any money.

7. Set intention to be present

Most often we are not mindful of the time that we spend with our family. We just go through motion waiting for another moment to come.

But when you’re intentional about being present, it changes everything. You’ll find that you have more patience, more energy, and more love for your family.

Observe your children’s play, and don’t let your mind wander. Be fully present at the moment and enjoy it.

8. Have a place for every item in the house

This tip is more general. But it’s important nonetheless.

When you have a place for every single item in your house, it’s easier to keep things tidy and organized. It’s also easier to find things when you need them.

So make it a rule in your house that everything has a place and that everyone puts their things back in their place when they’re done using them.

9. If you said “no”, keep it that way

When you tell your kids “no”, make sure you stick to it. Don’t give in to their whining or crying. If you do, they’ll learn that they can get what they want if they just cry long enough. So if for instance they see a toy in a store and you say “no”, don’t give in and buy it for them.

You will be thankful you did in the long run.

10. Reap the benefits

There are many benefits that come with living a minimalist lifestyle with a family.

You’ll find that you have more time, energy, and money. You’ll also find that your relationships are stronger and you’re able to be more present.

So be grateful that you chose this lifestyle and enjoy the benefits that come with it.

How long does it take to implement a minimalist lifestyle in your family?

It usually takes a bit of time to implement a minimalist lifestyle in your family. By “a bit of time”, I mean a long time.

But don’t get disheartened. Even a small step like getting rid of broken and unused items can be life-changing. It feels amazing to let go of things you don’t need and see your living space transform before your eyes.

It takes a while to adapt and to see what works for you and your family. But it can transform your life in ways you never thought possible.

For instance, you might find that your children have better behaved because they know what’s expected of them and they have fewer distractions.

This is a long game with a happy ending. So take your time and enjoy the journey.

Final thoughts

Minimalism isn’t about having less stuff – it’s about living with intention and purpose so that you can make room for the things that matter most to you. And yes, it is possible to be a minimalist even if you have a family! By involving everyone in the process, decluttering as a family, simplifying your schedules, and finding joy in simple things, you can live a more minimalist lifestyle with ease – despite having children!

What challenges have you faced when trying to live a more minimalist lifestyle with a family? Was it worth it in the end? Let me know in the comments below.

Have a great day!

Cheers, Diana

What You Can Do When You Have Too Many Clothes

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Do you feel like you have too many clothes? If yes, why so, and how to fix it?

Most people have too many clothes. In fact, research shows that the average person has around 300 $ worth of clothes they never wear. That means that most of us are wasting a lot of money on clothes we’ll never wear.

The reason we buy so many clothes is that we don’t know how to shop wisely. We buy things impulsively, without considering whether we’ll actually wear them.

We also don’t think about what will go with what, so we end up with a closet full of clothes that don’t match anything.

Well, if so, you are in the right place. This guide will show why you have too many clothes and how to get rid of them.

How do you know if you have too many clothes?

There are a few signs that you have too many clothes:

  • You can’t fit everything in your closet: This is a physical sign that you have too many clothes. In fact, if you can’t even close your closet door, it’s definitely a problem.
  • You have clothes with the tags still on them: If you have clothes with the tags still on them, it means you’ve never worn them. Why keep them if you’re never going to wear them?
  • You have clothes that don’t fit you: Having clothes that don’t fit you is a waste of space. If they don’t fit, you MUST get rid of them.
  • You feel overwhelmed when you think about dressing: In general, if getting dressed feels like a chore, it’s because you have too many clothes. You should be able to look at your closet and easily put together an outfit.
  • It’s difficult to match your clothes: If you can’t find anything to match your clothes, it’s because you have too many clothes. If this is the case, it’s hard to keep track of everything and match everything up.
  • You don’t like what you wear: Not being satisfied with your wardrobe is another sign that you have too many clothes. You should be able to look in your closet and find something that you desire to wear.
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Reasons why you have too many clothes

It is useful to know the reasons why you might have too many clothes. After all, if you know the reasons, it is easier to change your behavior.

That is why in this section we will look at the main reasons people have too many clothes.

Buying clothes on sale

When clothes are on sale, it is hard to resist buying them. After all, who doesn’t love a good deal? However, just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it.

Think about it: if you will wear it only a couple of times, is it really a good deal?

Of course not.

The only time you should buy clothes on sale is if you were planning to buy them anyway. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your money.

Not knowing your style

A lot of people have a ton of clothes because they don’t know their style. They buy clothes impulsively, without considering whether it is their style or not.

As a result, they end up with a mix of styles that don’t really go together.

Impulsive buying

We open our closets and are greeted by an overwhelming sea of clothing, all claiming to be perfect for us but not actually being worn anywhere near enough!

The truth about these garments?

They were bought on impulse shopping sprees where we followed styling trends rather than assessed if the items matched what was needed or wanted.

Or, we simply saw something we liked and bought it without thinking if we’d use it often enough to make the purchase worth our while.

Being sentimental

Some of us keep clothes because they hold sentimental value.

For example, you might have a shirt that you wore on your first date with your spouse. Or, you might have a dress that you wore to your high school prom.

While it is understandable to want to keep these items, you need to be realistic.

Be ruthless and ask yourself if you will really ever wear them again (if not, you need what you need to do!).

Read more about getting rid of sentimental items here.

You don’t know how to declutter

The average person wears just 20% of the clothes in their closet, according to this study. The rest are just taking up space.

But decluttering your closet can be daunting. It’s hard to let go of clothes that you spent good money on or that have sentimental value. And it’s even harder to keep your closet tidy if you don’t have a system for organizing it.

If you need help decluttering your closet, here are some resources to get you started: The Complete Guide on How To Get Rid of Clothes

Further reading: 20 Effective Ways to Stop Buying Stuff You Don’t Need

You have a “just in case” mindset

We have all been there: we are out shopping, we see something we like, and we think to ourselves “I might need this one day.”

So we buy it.

Just in case.

However, more often than not, that “just in case” item never gets used. It just sits in our closet, taking up space.

If you find yourself buying things “just in case,” it might be time to reassess your shopping habits. Instead of buying things impulsively, take a step back and think about whether you really need the item or not (need, not want!). The answer is probably no.

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You have an “I’ll wear it eventually” mindset

On the other hand of the “just in case” mindset is the “I’ll wear it eventually” mindset.

This is when you keep clothes that you don’t wear now because you think you might wear them in the future.

  • Are you holding onto clothes that you hope to fit into one day?
  • Or are you keeping clothes that are out of style, thinking they might come back in style eventually?

If you find yourself thinking “I’ll wear it eventually,” it might be time to let go of those clothes.

Related: How to Finally Get Into the Decluttering Mindset

What to do if you have too many clothes?

Maybe you have found yourself in one or probably more of the reasons listed above, but it is not too late to change your shopping habits.

There are things you can do to prevent yourself from accumulating too many clothes. And also, there are ways to help you declutter your closet so that you finally have a closet that you love.

I have decided to segment this part into 4 categories:

  • before making a purchase
  • during the purchase
  • after accumulating too many clothes
  • maintaining a clutter-free closet

Before making a purchase

One big reason why you have a lot of clothes is that you don’t know how to stop doing that. You still go shopping. You still buy clothes. So obviously, you will end up with more clothes that you don’t need.

That is why it is important to stop this from happening. Here are some tips on how to do that:

Decide on your style

The first step to having a closet that you love and not overloaded with clothes is to decide on your style.

Figure out what clothes make you feel good and what style you are most comfortable in.

This will help you when you are out shopping because you will be less likely to buy something that is not your style. Besides that, deciding on your style will help you with decluttering (we will get there later on).

Browse Pinterest, fashion magazines, fashion blogs, and even people around you that you like their style to get inspiration.

Have good reasons to have a less cluttered closet

When you are trying to break a habit, it always helps to have a good reason why you want to do it. So take some time to write down your reasons for wanting to have a less cluttered closet.

Some of the reasons are:

  • I want to be able to see all my clothes so that I can choose what to wear easily
  • I want my closet to look nice and tidy
  • I want to wear all the clothing that I have
  • I want to save money by not buying clothes that I don’t need
  • I want my clothes to match between them

Having a clear why will help you stay motivated when you are trying to break your habit of accumulating too many clothes.

Don’t go shopping if you don’t need anything

This one is pretty self-explanatory, but it is worth mentioning.

If you don’t need anything, don’t go shopping.

It is so easy to go into a store when you are bored or have nothing to do and come out with a new shirt or pair of pants. But if you don’t need anything, there is no point in going into the store and buying something that will clutter your closet.

Make a list of needed clothes and stick to them

Let’s say you need a new jacket because the one you have is too small/old/not your style anymore. You need a new pair of jeans because you ripped yours.

Write it out. And don’t buy anything that is not on your list.

Making a list will help you stay focused on what you need and not get sidetracked by all the other things in the store.

During the purchase

Somehow you ended up in a store. Maybe you even are trying out a shirt and you really like it. Let me remind you, you are in a trap now. However, there are strategies that might help you get out of it:

Ask yourself some questions

Before you buy anything, always ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I need it? When I say “need” I don’t mean “want”.
  • Do I have something similar?
  • Do I have an outfit in mind that I can wear this with?
  • Is it my style?
  • Can I afford it?
  • Will it help me match my clothing easier or it will just add to the pile of clothes that I never wear?
  • Is it a quality item or it is just cheap and will probably fall apart after a few wears?

Answering these questions will help you decide if the piece of clothing is worth your money or not.

Don’t fall for the “it’s on sale” trap

Many times we see something that we like and it is on sale. And because it is on sale, we think that we are getting a good deal and we buy it.

But here is the thing, just because something is on sale doesn’t mean that you should buy it. You should still ask yourself the questions from before. If the answer is no to any of them, don’t buy them.

Don’t let emotions rule your decisions

This is a big one. Many times we buy things because they make us feel good at the moment. But you have to remember that the feeling will go away and you will be stuck with the clothes.

I know, you feel like you are in love with that shirt and you will wear it all the time. But considering that you probably have a lot of them, the chances of you actually wearing it are slim.

So, don’t let your emotions rule your decisions when you are shopping for clothes.

Buy only clothes that match your wardrobe

For me, this is a very important point. I used to have a lot of clothing, but I had nothing to wear because none of my clothes matched.

I would go into my closet and I would have a shirt that I liked, but I had no pants that matched it. So the idea is to buy clothes that you can mix and match.

This way, you can create a lot of different outfits with the same pieces of clothing and you will actually wear them.

Quality first

I have mentioned it above but I will say it again. Quality over quantity.

It is better to have a few quality pieces of clothing that you love and wear all the time than a lot of cheap clothes that you will never wear.

Sure, the quality garments might be more expensive but they will last you longer and you will actually get your money’s worth.

After accumulating too many clothes

There are things you can do if you have too many clothes and you want to declutter your closet.

And you need to declutter it the right way. You can’t just take all your clothing and throw them away. Or declutter just a few pieces. You have to do it the right way if you want to be successful.

I have a full guide on how to get rid of clothes but here are the essential points:

The process of decluttering clothes

The whole point of decluttering is to get rid of the clothing you don’t need. But if you are not organized about it, you will probably end up keeping most of your clothes.

So, my advice is to:

  • go through your whole closet and take out all of your clothes.
  • sort them into 3 piles: keep, maybe, and donate/sell.
  • go through your clothes one by one asking yourself the questions above and put them in relevant bins
  • Take the “maybe pile” and ask if that piece of clothing brings you joy. If it doesn’t, donate/sell.
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Ask questions

There are also questions to ask yourself that might help you get rid of some clothes:

  • Do I feel good when I wear it?
  • Does it match my style?
  • Is it comfortable?
  • When was the last time I wore it?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, get rid of the clothes. You don’t need them in your life.

Be ruthless

The most essential thing when you are decluttering is to be ruthless. If you are not, you will probably end up keeping most of your clothes.

Don’t keep items for sentimental reasons, because you “might” wear them someday, or because they are expensive. Get rid of it if you haven’t worn it in the last 2-3 months.

Related: How to be Ruthless when Decluttering Clothes

What to do with the clothes that you want to get rid of?


The donation process is simple. You can either donate to a local charity, to friends, family, or to thrift stores.

Thrift stores are always a good option because they will sell the garments and the money will go to a good cause.

Just make sure that the clothes are in good condition before you donate them.


If you want to make some extra money, you can always sell your clothes. There are a few options when it comes to selling clothes.

You can have a garage sale, sell them online (on websites like eBay or Poshmark), or take them to a consignment store.

Throw away/recycle

Sometimes, you will have garments that are in such bad condition that you can’t sell or donate them.

In this case, you will have to throw them away or recycle them.

Related: Life After Decluttering: Now What?

Maintain a clutter-free wardrobe

Once you have decluttered your closet, it is essential to maintain a clutter-free wardrobe.

Every time you buy new clothes, make sure to get rid of an old piece of clothing. This way, you will always have a balanced number of clothes in your closet.

And, every few months, go through your clothes and get rid of the ones you don’t wear. This way, you will always have a decluttered closet full of clothes that you love and wear.

Another thing to do in order to maintain a clutter-free wardrobe is to be mindful of the clothes you buy. Like really, just stop when you catch yourself thinking about buying things you don’t need. Feel your breath and move on.

You don’t need any more clothes. Your wardrobe is perfect as it is. It’s time to start enjoying your life without clothes taking up space in your closet.

From too many clothes to a capsule wardrobe

If you have too many clothes and you want to declutter your closet, one option is to create a capsule wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe is a small collection of clothes that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.

With a capsule wardrobe, less is more. So don’t try to cram too many clothes into it. Just choose a few pieces that you love and that will make you feel good when you wear them.

Some important tips that can help you get started:

  • Choose a colour scheme
  • Get inspired by browsing Pinterest
  • Stick to a few basics
  • Add some statement pieces
  • Organize your capsule wardrobe so you can easily find what you are looking for

Once you have created your capsule wardrobe, you might be surprised at how little clothing you actually need to be happy. And you will also save time getting dressed because you will know exactly what to wear.

Final thoughts

Having too many clothes is not as much fun as some people think. It’s actually quite stressful and it can be hard to keep your closet organized.

If you have a lot of clothes, the best thing to do is to declutter your closet and get rid of the clothes you don’t need. Moreover, you need to get into the right mindset so you don’t repeat the same mistakes of accumulating too many clothes again.

And, if you want to simplify your life even further, you can create a capsule wardrobe. With a capsule wardrobe, you will only have the clothes that you love and that make you feel good.

I hope this article has inspired you to declutter your closet and live a simpler life with fewer clothes.

Have a clutter-free day!

Cheers, Diana