Millennials Go Minimal: The Decluttering Lifestyle Trend That Is Taking Over

Written by Amy van Arsdale on . Posted in Uncategorized

Although it is not a new concept, the minimalist lifestyle is trending across the United States. The movement has inspired people of all ages to move into tiny homes, cut their wardrobes and donate their possessions.

Millennials, in particular, are seeking out this minimalist lifestyle. Millennials, the 18-34 demographic makeup more than a quarter of the U.S. population and the majority of the workforce. Millennials have a unique set of values around how they choose to spend their money. They grew up during the recession, entered a struggling job market and must now pay off record amounts of student debt.

Millennials are highly adept at using technology and social media influences many of their purchases. They prefer to spend on experiences rather than on stuff.

Americans have accumulated more clutter over the last hundred years. In 1930, the average woman only had 36 pieces of clothes in her closet. Today, the average consumer has 120 items of clothing, but about 80% go unworn.

One should go through their closet. You have to take every single item out, lay it on your bed, look at it and say, ‘Do I love this- do I wear it often?’ If those two things are true, you should keep that item; if they’re not, then it is taking up precious space in your closet and has to go-period. The minimalist trend extends beyond stuff and into areas such as tiny, smaller housing.

I believe the minimalism and decluttering movements will stick around for some time. Even as millennials pay off their debt and garner more disposable income, I believe they will choose to spend their money on experiences—such as traveling, concerts and eating out—rather than things.

Contributor Deborah Weinsig-Fortune Magazine

 

 

Give yourself some compassion

Written by Amy van Arsdale on . Posted in Uncategorized

Decluttering certainly is an act of will, determination, and vigilance – but it doesn’t have to be an act of self torture.

Sometimes when we bury our feelings, we consciously or unconsciously numb ourselves with stuff or other energy releasing behaviors. We collect physical items or resort to not-so-healthy behaviors we feel like we CAN control because our emotional lives feel so out of control.

“Stop-and read that again…..go on, read the above paragraph again-“

Many coveted things that we buy, can turn into clutter (anything that causes stagnant energy in your life), it only causes stuck-ness in your living space, but it creates stuck-ness in your mind and your own personal energy.

My biggest suggestion is that you try and ask yourself, “do I really need or will I use this before you buy?  If it’s too late, have deep, deep compassion for yourself during the purging process – beating yourself up or acting like a robot may be what is familiar to you, but there is another way. By bringing compassion into the situation, it gives you the opportunity to learn and grow from the experience rather than it just being about the physical act of decluttering.  Be mindful of how you really feel at the moments of purging.  

Good luck clearing-you can do this.

7 Day Countdown to the Holidays

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Here are step by step tips for the one week countdown prior to Christmas (or any other major holiday)!

7 days out – gather and wash holiday plates, bowls, platters for the big feast

6 days out – make room in the fridge for holiday dishes

5 days out – wash sheets, towels and face cloths where guests will be staying and stack in their room

4 days out – vacuum and dust upstairs

3 days out – clean all bathrooms – the master last

2 days out – vacuum and dust downstairs (clean kitchen thoroughly)

1 day out – empty trash…..do a last minute de-cluttering trip through the house with a black garbage bag
(Hide clutter bag until all guests have left the building)

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