February 7, 2017

What Do I Get Rid of First?

There’s no right or wrong way to go about owning less, but there are plenty of methods. Marie Kondo says to get rid of whatever doesn’t bring you joy. Dave Bruno challenges us to live with fewer than 100 things. Courtney Carver says to dress with 33 items or less for three months.

The Minimalists suggest having a packing party, where you put everything you own in boxes and only keep what you take out over the next three months. Marie Kondo says to tackle items by type, not by room. Some people like the idea of doing everything at once, while others say to take your time.

In short, the best way to get started is to start, and the best way to go about it is to find out what works for you.

These days I start each decision to keep something with how happy it makes me. I still own more than 100 things, but my wardrobe has fewer than 33 pieces.

Owning less has been a gradual process that has lasted over two years. Would I go faster if I didn’t share half my possessions? If I didn’t have a kid? Maybe. But that’s life. I can say that I own significantly less than I did two years ago, and I hope to be able to say the same two years from now.

If you’re reading this, then you could say we’re getting started together.

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