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    Updated on Jul 29, 2020. Posted on Jul 29, 2020

    Your 3 First Steps Towards Being A Minimalist

    Keep the things you love and discard the ones you don't.

    Minimalism isn't living with the bare minimum. It's living with items you love, so don't get rid of you collection of your favourite books or bags or whatever collection you have - as long as it serves a purpose in your life you should keep it.

    1. Take a look

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    ...at your closet. Although minimalism is a lifestyle incorporating all household items, the closet is a good place to start. You can either have a go at the Kon Mari Method or literally just take a glance and have a think. Any items you don't like anymore or just don't like wearing you can pull out and set aside. This sounds easy but it can take a while if you want to be thorough. Not sure about a piece? Try wearing it in the next few days. The goal is to keep your favourite clothes/shoes/bags. You might find the odd item that you wear a lot but don't necessarily like, I recommend you keep this item you can always remove it in the future.

    2. Getting rid

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    Once you've decided on the pieces you're going to keep, you can put them back in your closet. The clothes you're not so keen on you can either repurpose, mend, donate or sell. If the item is in really bad condition take you can take it to be recycled. This step might be frustrating for you but know you aren't just throwing them out, you're giving these items a new purpose.

    3. Think

    Now you've reduced your wardrobe and gotten rid of the unused, it is time to keep it that way. We've grown up in a consumerist world to always want more. Companies have adverts everywhere telling us to buy this and that. If I buy this my life will be fulfilled. Is that true? Do you need the latest pair of (most likely expensive) sneakers? Why don't you ask yourself if they will make your life better in the long run. You'll have the joy for the first day or week of wearing them with all the compliments but after that? When the next pair comes out? You'll need the next pair too huh? If you've gotten so far without an item consider not buying it. It will save you time and money.

    Naturally we all need to buy something sometimes, if something breaks beyond repair or for new hobby we've discovered. So why not look at better quality items? You've saved money from avoiding impulse buys to be able to buy an investment product - maybe you can even opt for a more sustainable option so it will last longer.

    (Repeat)

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    Go around your house and see what area you can go through next (Kitchen, Books, Miscellaneous etc), follow the steps again to have eventually be a successful minimalist. Take your time and enjoy the process. And remember not all minimalist only have 30 clothing items - have as many as you want as long as you keep using and loving them.

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