16 Ways to Live Like a Minimalist
From the kitchen and closets to the home office and beyond, clutter doesn't just overwhelm us. There's evidence that even mild hoarding is bad for emotional health. Minimalism is freedom from the prison of stuff. By aspiring to a minimalist lifestyle, you can break the shackles of all that clutter, and the escape can be inexpensive or even profitable.
The best-selling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," by Japanese organization guru Marie Kondo, is considered gospel for minimalists worldwide. According to Kondo, every possession should "spark joy." Whether it's a coffee mug or a piece of jewelry, don't keep it if it doesn't meet that standard.
The road to becoming a minimalist can be paved with green. Online it's possible to sell almost anything quickly and easily. Look for sites and apps based on location, such as OfferUp, so no shipping is required. Simply photograph the item, describe it, and name a price. People in the area send offers and, once a deal is struck, come pick up your unwanted stuff.
The digital age has created a massive tangle of devices, chargers, cords, and other electronic clutter in most homes. Take an honest inventory of your devices and "upcycle" any gadget that can be given a second life (look for inspiration on Pinterest). Recycle or sell the rest.
There is nothing wrong with buying new stuff, but to avoid clutter, try to get rid of an old item for every new one purchased. There's no rule that says they have to be like items, but for the sake of continuity, it's seems to work best to swap out something similar.
One great thing about the minimalist lifestyle is saving money, but sometimes the best course is to spend a little more. Get the best your budget can accommodate, so it won't be necessary to replace it or supplement it with other mediocre stuff. For example, instead of buying a cheap butcher's block filled with flimsy knives, invest in a single high-quality chef's knife.
Investing in reusable, washable containers removes mountains of space-hogging cardboard and plastic packaging from the cupboards and pantry. Cardboard boxes take up dead space and don't keep cereal fresh. That can't be said of airtight Mason jars.