Hi! So, if you have read my “about me”, then you would know that I am a college student, starting my second year this fall majoring in dietetics! At the beginning of this year, I made a resolution to myself to be more minimalistic, natural, simplistic, and healthy. So far, I seem to be meeting these goals and have wanted to share my journey with others to hopefully inspire and motivate people to do the same!
Anyways, I just finished reading this book I picked up at Book Exchange when I was at Virginia Beach a few weeks ago. The author, Elaine St. James, provides tips and solutions on how to live a more simplistic life. While every tip is extraordinarily helpful, only a few applied to me, currently being a college student. I decided to pick out 10 of the ones I have tried and experienced and thought they would benefit others as well!
#1- Reduce The Amount Of Clutter In Your Life
This might sound easy at first, but trust me when I say this could take weeks, and once you get started its hard to stop, (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing…). The first step in doing this is to get rid of all of the random things you have accumulated throughout your life. Whether that be old papers from high school that hold zero sentimental values, old books you never read or have already read, old makeup you never use, stained or damaged clothing that no longer fit you the right way, magazines, beauty products such as body sprays and washes, and even unmatched socks. GO THROUGH IT ALL.
When I first started this process, I began with my clothing, accessories, and shoes. I took every item I owned in those categories and placed them on my bed to see what all I had accumulated throughout the years. I then began sorting into 3 piles: keep, sell, and donate- I personally like taking my sell pile to the consignment store Plato’s Closet.
Who knew a girl could own enough t-shirts to clothe a whole football team?
Once I began sorting, I started developing a new style for myself; a more minimalist approach to my wardrobe. I kept to a color scheme and basics that I knew would match with everything and anything. I also only kept one color of each item such as one white t-shirt and one black t-shirt as well as one denim skirt and one black maxi skirt…if that makes sense. Once this process was finished, I ended up with 40 nice pieces that got hung in my closet, (not including workout clothes, pjs, etc.) Although this might sound like a huge number to some minimalists, being simple and minimal isn’t about having less in your life, it’s about the value and joy your items bring to your life and only having what you need- not trying to live with the bare minimum, (although some minimalists roll that way and that’s okay).
I suggest repeating the 3 pile method for all of your belongings to help create a more simplistic, stress free environment surrounding you!
After this major clean out, I promise you that your mind will be cleaned out as well. Clothes, DVDs, makeup, books, video games, purses, shoes, whatever it may be, material possessions can get in the way of living your life the way you want to. Having a surplus can not only clog your room or living space, but also your mind… It is a lot less stressful in the morning when I go to get dressed.
I hope you take this first tip and apply it to your life and get ready for tip #2 to come!
In conclusion, I leave you with this guideline: “If you haven’t used it in a year or more, get rid of it”- Elaine St. James
May peace, joy, love, and gratitude be with you always.