10 Items You Can Ditch for a More Minimalist Lifestyle

1. Bills, Bills, Bills

Embrace the paperless lifestyle. Start by throwing out those random receipts that take up space in drawers, purses, and wallets. Keep only physical copies of valuable documents—create digital copies, too!

2. Still Planning for 2023?

Stop accumulating old planners. Instead, ritualize transferring important information into a new agenda every year. To reduce paper waste, use online resources like Notion, Google Calendar, and Trello to keep track of appointments and deadlines.

3. No Lid, No Tupperware

Bid farewell to the avalanche of lids and containers that topple out whenever a kitchen cabinet door is opened. Stay safe by tossing out mismatched, stained, or chipped plastic containers.

4. Banana Slicers and Snow-Cone Makers

Everyone has a drawer full of single-use, specialty gadgets that rarely see the light of day. However, the reality is that kitchen utensils are only helpful if they are regularly put to use.

5. I Heart NY Coffee Mugs

A beloved coffee mug is a fundamental part of a good morning ritual—often, the same cup gets used day after day. This begs the question: why own twenty other mugs? Free up cabinet space by paring the collection down to a reasonable number.

6. Curating a Capsule Wardrobe

Let go of clothes that have not been worn in the past year or no longer fit. Focus instead on curating a wardrobe full of good-quality, versatile pieces that make getting dressed a breeze.

8. Pro Tip: Sort by Categories

Instead of cleaning out the entire closet in one go, sort through clothing in stages. Start decluttering by categories: pants, then tops, then sweaters, and so forth.

9. Clear Out That Old Makeup Bag

Instead of cleaning out the entire closet in one go, sort through clothing in stages. Start decluttering by categories: pants, then tops, then sweaters, and so forth.

10. An Excess of Linens

From college to an apartment, from an apartment to a family home—the linen closet only grows with every move. Limit the collection of towels and sheets to a practical number and consider donating the extras to a local shelter.

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