Minimalism for Men

Minimalism for Men

March 04, 2018

So you want to declutter your life, but don't know where to start?
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You came to the right place.

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As men we like to think we don't own too much stuff. But if that were the case you wouldn't be reading this blog, and I wouldn't be writing it.
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I began my minimalist journey about a year ago when I decided to uproot and move to Tampa, FL. It's only when you have to pack your things that you begin to realize how much useless crap you have. So I started to downsize, a lot.
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These are the 5 steps I took to live a simpler life. 

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Section

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The first thing I did was make a list of all the different sections in my house, i.e., kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, closet, etc. There are some blogs that tell you to pack up your things as if you're moving and take out the things you use as you need them. To me that's just a waste of time. I didn't want to overwhelm myself by going through my entire place at once. And minimalism is a slow and steady process.

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Schedule

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My schedule is pretty hectic being active duty Air Force and all, but I've figured out a way to slowly downsize my life which in-turn freed up my time. Add up how many sections you came up with. Let's say for example there are 5. At the very minimum I'd like you to schedule 1 section per week, more if you can. Write each section on your calendar for a Saturday or Sunday morning. I'm sure you can hold off on Netflix for a couple hours. 

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Take Action

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You're finally ready to start with your first section. Let's hope it's an easy one. Now grab 4 boxes and label them Sell, Donate, Keep and Unsure. This is how you'll sort through your things in deciding what goes where.

Sell: The items you put in this box have value, however you don't use them that often and maybe you deem them unnecessary. If selling it will help you get rid of it then put it in this box. Feel free to post these items on apps like "Let Go" and "Offer Easy." The sooner they're gone the less you have. And it's always nice to get a little cash out of it.

Donate: These are items that you don't think you can sell but you don't want to just throw away, so donate it! Whether it's to friends, family or the salvation army - get rid of it.

Keep: This is the most difficult box because you're going to want to put everything in here which ultimately defeats the purpose. But we're going to do just that. Whatever you feel your essential are, anything that holds value to you, or just things you use everyday you can add to this box. And it's going to stay in this box until you need to use it. Now mark 2 weeks from this date on your calendar and if there are still items in this box you can move them to the "unsure" box.

Unsure: This box is pretty self-explanatory. If your items don't fall into the other 3 boxes then it's either this box or the trash. I would give this particular box a 30-day window. If at the end of those 30 days you can toss or donate whatever is left in this box.

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Maintain

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The first round of sections will take the longest. But keep on going. After you've completed the first cycle then schedule a second cycle and use the same method. I cycle through this process at least 3x. At the end of it I can say about 70% of my items were either sold, donated or tossed. 

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Live

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...to be continued...



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