Not a minimalist by nature, nor am I a saver. I love to bargain shop and would prefer to have more closets than less. However, Enough is Enough! Really.
I counted my designer purses purchased at consignment and thrift stores....."Do I REALLY NEED one in every label?"
So where does one begin to minimize and simplify? I'm thinking that it's by not bringing another item in unless parting with 2 items. So if I bought 1 purse that I can't live without, it would mean parting with two that I already own. Since I really like the ones that I currently own, I would have to LOVE the new one. (to get rid of 2) These are just more self imposed rules that I think may motivate me into action.
Out of all of the shoes and purses that I own, I'll bet that I only wear and carry 3-4 out of the whole lot of them-the rest just sit there occupying space. Same with my pans, silverware, china and drinking glasses. So why are they still sitting there? Do I even like them? Did someone give them to me? I need to send what items are not in use, or loved, out the door. No longer a size 8? Only keep the flattering items.
It certainly won't get done in a day here. We're just beginning to think about scaling back. We wanted 500 items gone this past month. I think at times I counted broken rubber bands, empty shampoo bottles and dried ink pens. This next month really needs to be more substantial items....like designer purses.