I recently read Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism and felt inspired to clean out a few things from my apartment. The author lives very minimally–we’re talking no furniture except a foldable mattress. I love seeing how other people approach minimalism because it always makes me look at my choices and things in a different way. In this case, his extreme minimalism made me yearn for a clean slate apartment and question what is truly essential for me.
Since it was the beginning of fall when I read the book, I was transitioning from my summer to my fall capsule wardrobe. That made it perfect timing to donate some unused fall/winter clothing pieces that I had in storage. My rule was that if I hadn’t worn it last fall/winter and I wasn’t putting it in my fall capsule now, it’s going to go. I also had an old Halloween costume from last year and some summer pieces that I decided to part with instead of putting into storage for next year.
Next, I went through my craft supplies and tools because that’s an area that I rarely cull. Those items tend to fall into the “But it’s useful! I might need it someday!” trap. I was pretty ruthless and ended up downsizing from 2 shoebox sized containers to one.
I also got rid of >50% of my books. I didn’t own a lot of books to begin with–I’m a big supporter of local libraries–but I did find that when I reflected on the books I owned I knew there were some I was unlikely to read again. On the off-chance that I do want to read one again, I can always check it out from the library.
Then there were some other odds and ends. I donated my large dinner plates because I prefer the salad size plates and I don’t need 8 plates, 4 is plenty for me. I decided to clear off everything from my nightstands except the lamps. I had some decorative pieces on them before, like a jewelry box, but I found that they didn’t mean anything to me and just acted like clutter. Now dusting my nightstands is a breeze and I never have to push anything aside to make room for my glasses, book, or glass of water.
That’s pretty much everything I gathered up in this impromptu clean-out. To see it all, check out the video below.