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Thanks to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing minimalism is becoming a trend—at the very least the idea of minimalism is a topic of conversation. We live in a consumption crazed area so while people can subscribe to the idea, they are struggling to actually apply the concept.

The sense of peace from Decluttering your life can be something long term or short term depending on your mindset. True minimalism involves dissolving your collection of stuff and evaluating the services that are not essential to your life. Whether you are looking to truly live a minimalistic life or are simply looking to strip down your style to give your space the look of minimalism, we have thrown together a list of tips and tricks to help you get started:

Declutter Your Space

If you haven’t touched an item in more than a month except to dust it, you probably don’t need it. Toss it in a box for charity or sell the item if it has monetary value. If you run across anything that you simply cannot part with like a family heirloom, put it away in storage for a little while to see if it needs to remain in your living space or if it is safe where you put it.

Notice your Habits:

Once you have rid your space of old magazines and other nuisances that are not necessary for living, you may find yourself wanting to fill the empty space with more stuff. If you find yourself perusing a thrift store, antique store, or even the Dollar Spot at Target, ask yourself whether you truly need that item in your cart. What purpose does it serve in your life? Is it essential?

Quality over Quantity:

This old cliché is an important reason to consider a minimalist approach to life. Would you rather have a house full of mediocre furniture and a million gadgets or decorative statement pieces or would you rather be able to invest in beautiful furniture or have an impressive rainy day fund?

Remember- You did not become a pack rat overnight… and you won’t become a minimalist overnight either:

Take this process a few steps at a time. Getting rid of or giving up your possessions can be difficult. Keep in mind that you can define your own minimalism. Take it slow and strip away the unnecessary items in a way that works the best for you.

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