10 Places To Declutter That You’ve Never Thought Of Before || Minimalism and Simple Living

Over the past few months, I’ve slowly been transitioning into living a more minimal life. I’ve found that living more simplistically is so much less stressful, and is just so much better for my mental health. Over the past month, I decluttered 500 physical items from my room, which has been so great for my mental clarity! I filmed a video of the process, and it’s at the end of this blog post if you’re interested in watching it.

Anyone who’s spent any time browsing Pinterest or YouTube knows the common places that are suggested decluttering spots: closet, kitchen cabinets, the bathroom, the catch-all drawer, and so on. For today’s post, I thought we would talk about 10 Places to Declutter That You’ve Never Thought Of Before!

I have 5 digital locations and 5 physical places that I’ve either recently decluttered, or am in the process of decluttering that are hopefully helpful to you!

Digital Locations
  1. The files on your computer. As a student, I’m constantly downloading files onto my computer: homework assignments, syllabi, data files, and the list goes on. Even if you aren’t a student, digital files add up SO quickly!
  2. Smartphone apps. Are there apps that you haven’t used for months now? What about some that you downloaded to try out, but never ended up using? Delete them, and not only will you free up space on your phone, you’ll free up space in your mind!
  3. Your photo gallery. This one is slightly more frequently mentioned than the rest, but I’m a big proponent of being minimal with your camera roll. Keeping too many photos CLUTTERS the memories of whatever the photo was about, and only keep ones that remind you of memories! (ALSO: students, delete those photos of powerpoints! You’re never going to look at them again.)
  4. Your instagram saved folders. This is one that I just did recently, and it has been so nice! I tend to scroll down instagram, saving things left and right, and if you’re the same way, I encourage you to go through and unsave whatever you don’t need anymore, and file the rest into folders so that you can find the posts easier in the future!
  5. Your spotify playlists. I’ve had a spotify account for 6 years at this point, and it is FILLED with music that 15-year-old-me liked, but I don’t listen to anymore. Go through and delete songs from your library, and if you’re feeling extra, give your playlist covers a facelift! (P.S. if you’re looking for my newly revamped spotify, it’s right here!)
Physical Locations
  1. Under the bed. The spot under the bed is often a hidden catch-all spot. I had all sorts of random things under my bed, and I finally went and decluttered under there this past month. It’s a trickier spot to clear out, but it’s so worth it.
  2. Your notebook collection. This one might be a tad specific to me personally, but I’d been noticing a bunch of my notebooks accumulating for the past few months. I went through all my notebooks, getting rid of whatever ones that didn’t hold significance for me, tearing out pages to reuse others, and filing the ones that I did actually want to keep. I got rid of almost 20 half-filled notebooks, and highly recommend it!
  3. Your souvenir collection. When I’m on trips, I tend to get into this mindset of “save everything as a souvenir,” from napkins to flyers to postcards. Sort through your souvenirs and see which ones actually have memories associated with them, and which ones are actually clutter, and get rid of the ones you don’t need! I’m all for keeping souvenirs, but, like photos, make sure you’re only keeping the ones that are memorable for you.
  4. Old arts and crafts. The thing about being an artist is that you make a lot of things that you can’t keep! Getting rid of them not only frees up space, but also reminds you of how far you’ve come!
  5. Your tea/coffee/warm drink collection. I have no idea why, but tea is just so easy to hoard! Somehow, I always attain tea faster than I can drink it (and I drink quite a bit of tea!). I also have a bunch of hot cocoa mixes, latte pouches, and just drink paraphernalia, and it’s honestly a little overwhelming sometimes. Go through your drink collection and see if there’s anything you don’t want to drink, and get rid of it! It also helps prevent decision paralysis in the future, which is a bonus!

So that’s 10 places to declutter that you’ve probably never thought of before! Both digital and physical locations are so important to keep clear, in order to keep your mind clear.

If you would like to see the process of me getting rid of 500 items from my room in 31 days, here’s the video:


That’s all from me for today! What spot are you going to declutter next? Are you a minimalist, or do you prefer keeping all your things? Leave a comment and let me know!

25 Practical and Useful Gift Ideas: A Minimalist Gift Guide || 12 Days of Blogmas 2020 Day 1

Hello friends, and HAPPY BLOGMAS!! I’ve been doing blogmas for several years now, and while I . . . don’t think I’ve ever finished, it’s always been fun to try! I’ve posted some of my favorite blogposts over blogmas, and it’s always fun to start the new year off on a blogging roll, you know?

Like last year, I’ll be doing 12 days of blogmas: 12 blogposts spread out throughout December leading up to Christmas. It’s not going to be super Christmas themed or anything, but I’m excited to do it!

For today’s post, I thought I would do a 25 minimalist gift ideas list. Over the course of the year, I’ve leaned more and more towards living a minimalistic and simplistic lifestyle: 2020 has definitely taught me the value of living a quieter life, and one does not need to have many things in order to live a productive and fulfilling life.

This Christmas, I’m asking for things that are not just more meaningful, but also higher quality and conducive to living a minimalist life, and I thought I would put together a list of some simple gifts that promote hygge and a quiet life. If you have any people in your life that you want to give a gift to, I think these would be really nice gifts: they’re practical and useful, while still being meaningful at the same time!

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Health + Wellness

  1. Nice smelling soap or lotion
  2. Essential oils & diffuser (these are the essential oils that I use–this company is not a MLM, but that link is my referral code and gets you $10 off a purchase of $50! I also use Young Living oils and as far as I know, they are the same quality)
  3. Simplistic minimal jewelry
  4. A menstrual cup! Obviously this one depends on your relationship with the person, but I love mine and did a blogpost about it a while back! (You can find it here.) This is the one that I use: Duchess Menstrual Cup
  5. Masks (#2020) or face masks as more of a beauty supply
  6. An aesthetic candle (such as this wood wick crackling candle)

Kitchen

  1. Reusable straws (like these)
  2. A milk frother (A similiar one to mine that has good reviews)
  3. A French press
  4. Your favorite coffee beans (especially ones from a small company like this one)
  5. Loose leaf tea (like from this small company)
  6. A cast iron skillet (like this one)
  7. A spice collection
  8. High quality wooden kitchen utensils (like these)

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Self Improvement

  1. The Little Book of Hygge
  2. Prompted journals: I personally haven’t used them, but these are good ones that I’ve heard of-
  3. A high quality notebook like a Leuchtturm1917 or a Moleskine
  4. A non-fiction book/devotional! Some good ones that I’ve had recommended to me (but that I haven’t read) are:

Home

  1. A good quality set of coasters (like these marble ones)
  2. A good utility knife
  3. Wool dryer balls
  4. A subscription box services to something that you know they will actually use. Some of the ones I’ve seen are

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  1. Items from a small business that are functional and that they would use, like mugs or art pieces. Some of my favorites are:
    • Jenessa Wait (mostly art prints but also journals, mugs, and pillowcases)
    • Rachel Allene (mostly mugs, but also some other hand lettered things like t-shirts and stickers)
  2. Board games
  3. Plants: succulents or otherwise low maintenance ones are the best ones to give as gifts

I would highly recommend asking people for their wish list, and give them thing that are useful and meaningful to them. Use this list as inspiration, but don’t buy someone something unless you know they will need it. If you don’t know what they want, then I would highly suggest a gift card with a thoughtfully written note: the meaning is still there, but you aren’t cluttering up their life with things that they do not need and that do not add to their life.


So here is a sampling of ideas that I am looking to give to people in my life this year! What is on your wishlist? What is something you’re gifting to someone else? Are you a minimalist? Leave me a comment and let me know!