Minimalism — give away to get more

I have a dresser, an armoire, and a closet — and they’re all filled to the brim with clothes.

Clothes, which for the majority, I don’t wear.

I’m sure you can relate (particularly if you’re a girl). Even though you’ve got a closet full of clothes, you stare into it like a black hole and think “Uhg, I’ve got nothing to wear.”

This mindset has me thinking about clutter, and how the physical concept of excessive “stuff” spills into the abstract idea of your home space affecting your overall well-being.

Minimalism is living with less, with the intention of living with more.

Yes, I know — so meta.

But being simple is a complicated skill. Whether it’s a closet so full it won’t close, a kitchen cupboard with 2385 Tupperware containers (guilty), or that laundry basket(s) packed with unmatched socks (also guilty)…it’s often hard to just give things away, even if you can’t really justify why.

When I was younger I used to think I just needed to be more organized. Now I think I just need less stuff. Organized clutter is still clutter. Get rid of it.

I’m not a leader in the minimalist lifestyle, but I would like to be.

Two of the sweetest, hardworking girls I know, Maddy and Ashley, are the creators of The Runway to Change — a fashion show event to raise money for Winnipeg’s homeless population in support of Main Street Project. The two of them are collecting everything from socks to 200 pounds of coffee from now until February 9, the night of the fashion show at Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown.

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I decided to take the opportunity to support a great cause and move one step closer to the minimalist lifestyle.

 

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Minimalism is more than thinning out your materialistic things. It’s a mindset, and it requires consistent mindfulness to maintain.

Try tackling minimalism in baby steps. Start slow. Don’t set unrealistic goals for you, like cleaning the entire house, only to fall short.

It can be difficult, but try separating your emotional attachment to certain objects. I struggle with this one. I used to think my stuffed animals had feelings (I was 7!).

Double trouble: Dr. Seuss’s Thing 1 and Thing 2 brought nothing but a big mess. You don’t need two of anything. Keep the best one and move on.

When you’re out shopping for new things to bring into your space, think quality over quantity. Invest in high-quality pieces, and ask yourself, “Do I really need this?”

Check out The Runway to Change to learn how you can give your clothes to a fantastic cause. Simplify your life and feel good by giving, all at once.

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