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Minimalism: what I struggled to declutter

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Today I will share with you what I find very difficult to get rid of since I started my minimalist journey.

Decluttering has been a cycle that I went through for the last year or so.

I didn't discard all my surplus at once, I took my time to decide what I really needed. To do so, I tested if I could live comfortably without those particular items by hiding them out of sight for a while.

If during this time I would look searching for them and actually use them regularly, then they will come back to their usual home and I would keep them.

On the other hand, anything that was "forgotten" in the maybe pile, was donated or sold.

I hate waste, so I didn't want to throw away things and then regret about it and buy the same item again.

I also think it is very important to get rid of your unwanted stuff responsibly such selling or donating in order to avoid to bin them.


My weakness is digital clutter: pushing that delete button is always a struggle for me!

These are the digital items I struggled to get rid of:

Emails

Being a very organised person and a control freak, I am always afraid of loosing important informations and proofs of purchases I might need later on. For that reason I tend to wait a very long time to sort out my email box, which results into a jammed email box.

How I fixed this:

First of all, I spent some time to unsubscribe to brands newsletters and promotional content I used to receive.

Secondly, I created some main labels to sort out the majority of my emails in an easy and effective way.

I now sort my emails straight away by moving them into subcategories such as "Action" for something that needs so be figured out immediately like bills and things I need to do as soon as possible so I won't forget about them.

I also created a sub-label called "Later" where I store non urgent emails.

When those urgent matters are dealt with, I will either delete them or if important, I will move them into the main categories they belong to such as "Personal", "Receipts", "Work" and so on...

Then every month I would go through those main categories and declutter anything that is not useful anymore.

I found this method really helped me to be more selective with what I receive every day and to be more tidy without having tons of emails in my inbox.


Pictures

I have the terrible habit to take 2000000000 pictures of the same person or thing or landscape from every possible angle (especially when I am on holidays) just in case they are out of focus. I then used to keep them all saying to myself: "Oh need to check which one is the best out of them" which will never happen.

I recently got a new laptop, kindly gifted by my lovely boyfriend for my birthday, and there I realised how much crap I had on my computer.

To be fair, I have been sorting my files and documents months ago, but I kept adding stuff every single week which is quite disappointing.

From now on, I swore to myself I would sort my pictures immediately and I would keep only the very best ones.

Why do I needed the same pic of me in basically the same background???

Quotes

I like to collect inspiring or funny quotes.

That's is most inconvenient since I decided to be minimalist. The thing is, I save them and then I forget I did so I never have the chance to use them or to re-read them again which is pointless. So now I decided to delate them all and to stop saving them in the first place.


Physical clutter:

Shoes

Shoes are my downfall. I just love them. I spend most of my time on my feet because of my job and I really need them to be smart yet super comfy.

Getting rid of a worn pair of shoes is always a drama for me but I recently found out that I suffer from a severe nerve inflammation in my legs so my doctor told me to throw all my old shoes as they have lost their support making my problem worst.

Apparently you are supposed to change your shoes frequently if you spend a lot of time standing or walking and that's why I never buy second hand shoes.

Medicines

They don't take much space but sometimes the box where I store them is packed because I never check the expiry date.

Need to be more careful with that in the future and stop buying loads of pain killers "just in case".

Sentimental items

Letters and gifts

I think most of your reading this will agree with me. Everyone finds hard to be selective with this kind of items and to get rid of items your loved ones gave to you, even if you are not using them.

For example, I received some candles as a gift from friends and despite the fact that I don't use them and that I don't like decorative pieces on my shelves, I still felt I couldn't get rid of them.

Solution: taking a picture of the gifted items to save on my computer.

At the end of the day, the present has already fulfilled its purpose after it has been given.

Food

I love to experiment in the kitchen and I cook my meals everyday so my pantry, fridge and freezer are always full.

I like to have all kind of ingredients available when cooking in case I want to add something special or try a new recipe. I have tons of spices, dry herbs, jars of pickles and homemade food. It gets a bit out of control at times, especially when we receive food parcels from my parents in Italy or Nick's parents in Romania. This winter we literally had to store some crates of food in the living room as we ran out of space on the kitchen.

My biggest regret is that, being only the tow of us, I had to throw some food away with that I didn't realise it was going bad and there I decided I needed to downsize my collection of spices and homemade food in general.

I also started to display them into glass jars with labels and dates on them so we won't forget in the general mess about that item and then go to the store and buy the same just because we just couldn't see it.

Apart from tidying up, I am now buying less and storing less to avoid waste.

The below picture is not my kitchen, unfortunately. But I kind of liked the vibes and I found it inspiring, it motivates me to store less and keep only the essential.

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What are you struggling to let go?

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