Back to the subject of minimizing your possessions. Once I had identified my key areas of pain … the laundry and the shoe closet, I set my sights on loftier goals … like the whole house. It can get overwhelming. We’re American Consumers. Which means we’re world-class shoppers and hoarders and collectors and spenders. So, if you’re like me, there are a number of areas where you could start.
My recommendation is to start with your immediate surroundings and work into the depths of your storage closets after you get the hang of it. Like I said earlier, start with the items which cause you the most pain … laundry (clothes), loading the dishwasher (kitchen cabinets), picking up toys (children’s room). Then, once you’ve discovered your motivation and the joy that comes along with minimizing and giving way material goods for a better cause than sitting in your closets, make a list.
Make a list of not only the different areas that could be minimized (pantry, garage, attic, basement, office, linen closet, and so on). But also, make a list of what you would like to achieve personally. Because as all good marketing strategists know, human nature means you’ll only pursue something so long as you are experiencing some type of personal gratification. This will help you to prioritize your list.
Discover the charities that your local thrift stores support. Would you like to support their efforts? Empty your closets! Are your running low on cash in your checking account? Have a yard sale, or post some valuable items on craigslist. Do you know a hungry family? Donate some of the canned goods you don’t use. Want to enhance the curriculum at a local preschool? Clean out your story books and art supplies.
There’s so much you can do with your material possessions. Minimizing will feel good once you get into it. But it’s also a lot of work. So, finding a good cause will help to inspire you.