I recently read a short book on minimalism, and it made me want to go through my house and get rid of everything. Just throw it all in trash bags and get rid of it. And then I did what the shirt on the left says, and that's what I've started doing. I slowed down, took a deep breath, and started a little at a time.
The best place to start with getting rid of stuff is our closet and dresser. Go through clothes and make three piles: keep, get rid of, and not quite sure. The "keep" is self-explanatory. The "get rid of" is to some extent - either throw it away or box it up to take to charity.
The "not quite sure pile" is the tricky one. When I went through items in this pile, I asked myself when the last time was I wore it, how many of the same type of thing do I really need to have, and why am I keeping it?
1. When was the last time I wore it? - If I haven't worn it in the last 3-6 months, it makes no sense to keep it. I have race shirts that I got for registering for the event, and I never wore them. I simply kept them because of the memory of doing it. Well, I have my race bib number and pictures to document the event. Those race shirts are now gone.
2. How many of the same type of thing do I really need to have? - I have several workout shirts but I only wear about 3-5 of them on a regular basis. So, I got rid of the rest. I have three of the same type of t-shirt. I only need one. The other two are now gone.
3. Why am I keeping it? - I have one t-shirt that I absolutely will not throw away. It is a Washington Redskins t-shirt that I had to wear to a basketball practice when I was in high school when I lost a bet to my coach. His Redskins beat my Dallas Cowboys. He let me keep the shirt. That shirt has been through numerous moves and makes the cut each time I go through my clothes. I've now had it 31 years...yeah, I'm keeping it.
This is just a start. I know that I'm not going to be a hard core minimalist, but I'm definitely getting rid of the excess. Believe me, it feels great!
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.