Can we all agree that most of us 20-year-old girls have entirely way too much stuff?
Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you go to get ready because your closet is heaping with clothes? Do you always go somewhere else to study because that desk in your apartment has so much clutter on it? How does that makeup from 3 years ago hanging out in your bathroom drawer really make you feel?
This one hits home for me.
Even though I feel like I have a good grip on my spending habits, I feel like I constantly have so much stuff in my life. Clothes, beauty products, school supplies. The list goes on and on. I try to ignore it until I’ve had enough and then spend a whole day purging and throwing stuff out. But it seems to be an endless cycle.
I never realized how big of an issue this was until I listened to Jordan’s Dooley’s podcast (literally can’t recommend this enough). She was interviewing Allie Casazza, a mother who explained what having too much stuff eventually did to her and explains how it can truly affect all of us. Listen to it here.
Although it may sound silly, too much stuff is overwhelming, and after a while, it can take a toll on us and our well being. There is so much power in a clean, intentional living space. I think you have to take action to really understand that and appreciate it.
But it's hard.
Trust me. I still have shoes in my closet that I haven't touched in two years. I still have that one basket under my desk that is full of nothing but junk. I get it. But most of us know deep down that we don't need that stuff anymore.
So instead of me just telling you to do it, I've thought of some tips that have helped me truly appreciate minimalism, even though it is still a work in progress.
Make It Worth It
Cleaning out your stuff is hard. Mentally, physically, and sometimes even emotionally. Without some kind of motivation, it's easy to put it on the back burner. You'll get around to it eventually, right?
Find a way to make minimizing your stuff worth your time. Selling your clothes, old apartment decor, books, etc. is one of the easiest ways to make some extra money. Donate them to Goodwill. Have some of your girlfriends clean out their rooms too and make your own clothing drive for a local family in need. Get creative, and make it worth your time.
Create A System
You finally cleaned out your room like you've been needing to. Now what?
Now it's time to figure out how to keep yourself from salvaging new STUFF that you don't need.
You can find hundreds of ways online to keep your stuff minimized. One of my personal favorites is placing all of my hangers in my closet one way. After I wear a piece of clothing, I hang it back up the opposite way. After six months or a year, I know what clothes I need to get rid of. It makes my closet clean outs so easy, forces me to be realistic, and makes it impossible to make excuses.
Do some research and find a system that really works for you.
Be Honest With Yourself
Do you really need all that stuff?
You know you haven’t used most of it in over a year and probably never will. Do yourself a favor. Get rid of it. And be honest with yourself when you’re shopping or putting away your stuff. You know deep down if you truly need it and if you will actually use it.
As a girl who loves a little retail therapy here and there, this concept was hard for me, and sometimes it still is. It's hard to admit that you might have some emotional attachment to an item. It’s even harder to admit that you really don’t know why you can’t let stuff go that you no longer use, but girl, it’s worth it.
Once you declutter and get rid of all that stuff, you truly will feel better. It will be easier for you to get ready in the morning. You won’t feel overwhelmed in your space. Everything will have a purpose.
Trust me, simplicity truly is key.