Project Minimalism: A Second Attempt

Okay, so a while back I said to myself that I was going to become a minimalist and seriously declutter my mind and materialistic goods. I didn’t get far though and found that purging certain elements (like makeup) where much more difficult for me than I had imagined and surprise!- I gave up (well kinda). But with my last coffee chat on becoming the person you want to be and some class discussions on life being short, I decided that I want to try again. Help me!!

To all those who practice minimalism, or incorporate elements of it into your life, please tell me what you do and how you started! I know its not just getting rid of physical possessions, but I know that it is important to get rid of the clutter. How do you declutter things you enjoy and how do you get to a more minimalistic state of mind?

Thank you so much for all advice!

 

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Decluttering the Forever Growing Makeup Drawer

I am obsessed with makeup! While I’m fairly good about not making quick purchases and waiting to buy things, I found that my makeup collection was growing rather large and not exactly in the direction I was wanting too. Therefore, I thought decluttering my makeup collection was a good place to start my minimalism journey.

I make four different categories to put things in when I went through all my stuff. Keeping, possibly keeping, donating or giving away, and trash. All of my everyday essentials went into the keeping stack, and products that I really enjoy playing around with and use pretty frequently joined them. My possibly keeping stack is rather large, and is basically every eyeshadow and blush I like but haven’t used in over a month. I put them all in a box and am giving myself a month or two to play around with the products to figure out what I’ll keep and what I’ll give away. For my last two stacks, everything I haven’t used in several months went into. I only trashed my old mascara because it was basically empty. All the rest of the products where eyeshadows and eyeliners that I’m giving to a friend because I don’t need 7 gold eyeshadows and I never wear eyeliner.

I realized when cleaning everything out that there are so many products I have but don’t use and that I should wait a little longer before buying a product. Another thing I realized is how many products are things that I would use up if I only had one and so I’m making it my mission to use up my concealers before I buy a new one and use the powder sample I have before I buy a face powder. I’m pretty happy that I cleaned out my stuff, and I think I’m going to make a point to do so more often.

A Solution for the Gazillion T-Shirts I Own and Rarely Wear.

I have read several articles about the waste and pollution being created by the fashion industry, I have decided that I need to start reducing the waste I am contributing to the world. At the same time I have seen a lot over the last few months about minimalism and decided that I need to step it up and really try to live a more minimalistic life style. It won’t happen overnight, but it has to start some day so I said to myself “why not today”.

First place I need to clean up and declutter, my room. I decided to start here and focus on my closet – going through my T-shirts and educating myself on how I can reuse and recycle them. Did you know T-shirts take 700 Gallons of water to make? And a load of laundry in the washer takes 40 gallons? That’s bananas! I think I can wear a shirt more than once, which would cut down the laundry significantly and my T-shirts can air dry for sure. When they are worn out I can keep them for rags or what my family calls the “dog towels” and if they are in good condition but I just don’t wear them I can donate them. All of this is pretty simple, but I’m going to give it a shot.

Thanks for reading,

Mags : )

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