Monday, May 7, 2012

Hide IT!

May 7, 2012 in Minimalist Tips                                                              

Grand Ideas .      Thanks,  Lorilee Lippincott   of                                         

I have seen this idea in many different places.  I used it in Project 333 for cloths, just last week I saw it on Jill’s Blog with toys, I put it in my book a few months ago.  It is everywhere because it works.

Need help with minimalism?  Want to simplify but having a hard time getting rid of stuff?  Try this: 

Hide it!

Here is how it works:

  1. Take as much as you can out of a room or closet and pack it away
  2. Put it away in storage with a date on it (6 months or a year out)
  3. If you remember something you need that is packed away you can go pull it out
  4. When the date comes, donate or sell what is left in the box because you have now proven to yourself you don’t need it
The beauty of this is that it works for those of us who have a hard time making decisions.   Not knowing if you will need it in the future is a huge stumbling block for getting the minimalist home you want.  This is a not-fully-committed-but-still-practicing kind of minimalism that can help you get back on track.

So find some boxes or bins:

  • Try Project 333 or make your own version for the closet
  • Pack away some of the books
  • Pack away some of the kitchen tools
  • Pack away some of the kids toys…they might not even notice
  • Pack away some household things
  • Pack away anything else you can find
Lighten up the house without making the full commitment to part with it.  Have your cake(minimalist home) and eat it too :)
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