Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, brought minimalism to the mainstream.

The Minimalist lifestyle is about reducing the possessions you have down to only the items you love, living with less and enjoying what you own.

To get you started, here are five initial suggestions for items that you might like to consider letting go of, to create more space in your home:

  1. Old tech gadgets – if you have cables, cords, phones, and other gadgets that you don’t use, they’re just taking up valuable space.  So collect them from around your house and recycle them
  2. Clothes you don’t wear – Winter is so close, so take the time to look through your wardrobe culling summer clothes and winter clothes you didn’t wear last season. Wash and donate any items you don’t wear (or don’t love)
  3. Magazines and Newspapers – if you’ve finished reading them, let them go.  You might be able to donate them, or just simply recycle them.  If they contain articles you’d like to access later, take a photo of the article and store that digitally
  4. Books – Sure, there are some books that you read again and again, but all the other books can be sold on classified websites (like Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace) or even exchanged at a second hand book store, for a new book to read
  5. Keepsakes – sometimes we find ourselves storing old mementos and keepsakes, even when they don’t bring us joy. If you’d like to part with these items, take a photo of them (so you still have the memory) and then pass them on to someone else who might enjoy them more

If these suggestions ignite an interest in living well with less, check out: http://www.theminimalists.com/