Spartans were the first to endorse minimalist lifestyles, but the move has resurfaced in today’s culture. Two childhood friends, aptly called The Minimalists, lead this growing trend. Rather than being a call to better organization, it’s a challenge rid yourself of the junk clogging your life. If you’re interested in the minimalist movement, here are 5 questions to consider:
- How does this add value to my life? Partially aided by technology’s rapid growth, our fast-paced world can make the newest, shiniest products seem essential. Some of these developments make our lives easier (as anyone who found their way using GPS will confirm), but others might just be taking up space.
- How often do I use this item? You can hold on to your favorite possessions and still be a minimalist. But if you have a hard time remembering the last time you used something, that’s a great sign to get rid of it.
- Do I have duplicate items? Beyond having backup dish soap under the sink, duplicate items can take over your home. You replace an old printer, but aren’t sure how to safely dispose of it. An old living room chair now serves as a makeshift bookshelf. We can help you get rid of duplicates, even electronics.
- What could I do with the extra space? Whether you want to pursue a new hobby or turn the den into a playroom for the kids, you might have more room around the house than you think.
- What makes me feel good? Make a list of the three most important parts of your life. For many, answers revolve around relationships with their family and friends, religious connections, or enjoying the weekend. Your stuff should help you develop these experiences, not distract from them.
Scrutinizing your stuff is no easy task. But getting rid of your junk can be. Give us a call, and we can help you become a minimalist.
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