When I asked my followers what type of minimalism and mindfulness content they’d like to see on Olliviette, “letting ish go” was a very popular choice.
I decided to approach this topic in two parts: letting physical things go (decluttering) and letting emotional and mental things go (creating good vibes for your sanity).
Today I’m focusing on
ways to let go of physical things
If you have a lot of stuff, clutter, things, items controlling your space then hopefully this post will help you. Not only will I drop some tips but this post also comes with a decluttering freebie. Keep reading to gain access!
I’ve also shared how I’m a mini minimalist and holding onto physical things don’t serve my lifestyle. If you want to read some of my posts about me and minimalism, here you go:
- How to look luxe on a budget
- Spring cleaning like a minimalist
- Why I wear all black (and 3 ways to style your all black wardrobe)
- My 5 piece jewelry collection
Recently people have fallen in love with gurus like Marie Kondo and Mrs. Hinch, and these women have helped a lot of people clear and clean their spaces. Have they helped you? Let me know below!
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Today I want to share 3 ways you can learn to let go of things in your life. Let’s celebrate the freedom of no longer being tied to objects and being controlled by the world around us.
Ready? Let’s go!
Letting things go – remove the obvious
Cleaning, decluttering and purging gets extremely overwhelming because the idea of removing stuff from your life can be so daunting, especially when you have a lot of it.
My cheat, whenever I’m cleaning, is to always start with the easiest tasks first. This does a few things: I can breeze through my cleaning, the obvious junk, etc goes bye-bye and I feel like I’m accomplishing a lot (even when I’m really not lol).
I don’t know about you, but when I feel like I’m doing the most I become motivated to do even more. It’s my secret Jedi mind trick.
- Anything that can go in the trash is an instant bye girl.
- Broken, busted items gats to go.
- If it’s missing a part, it says hello to the trash.
Also, tidying things up (putting odds and ends away), putting things in a junk box or give away box, putting things in a “later pile” – anything that can get out of the way really quickly.
Make it fun: Challenge yourself, set your timer for a minute (yes a min!) and see how quickly you can declutter the “easy stuff”. I love doing this, it’s like a lil game and it helps me fly through this task.
Letting things go – be content with what you have
After I’ve done a quick clean, I usually tackle different areas in my space with a method of: keep, chuck/donate and reconsider. I went into greater detail about this in my Spring Cleaning Like a Minimalist post so do give it a read.
As I’m sorting through my space one of the things I try to do is be happy and content with what I’m left with.
Marie Kondo touched on the idea of thanking items for serving their purpose. While I sometimes do that, especially if an item has truly served me well, I try to put my focus more on not rushing to replace or update items.
By leaning into my happiness with my newly empty space or with keeping an old version of something, I’m leaning into appreciation. If I get rid of a sweater that doesn’t mean I have to replace it. Instead, I make an effort to use my remaining sweaters and be grateful that I have others to use. Finding contentment with what I have and ultimately who I am, I don’t feel pressured to surround myself with things. Whatever I have is enough and whatever I have is what I need.
Letting things go – examine the emotions connected to your “stuff”
Emptiness, anger, sadness – they’re all valid feelings to have after you’ve said goodbye to the things in your life. We attach memories to items or importance to things; I mean…I will look at my baby blanket and start bawwwwwling. Drop of a hat.
It’s not uncommon to feel different emotions
when you’ve removed items from your life
However, I’m blessed to be able to remove things from my life without hesitation. If something is broken, chuck it. If I haven’t used an item for a period of time, trash. My ex boyfriend gave me a shirt (I mean all my ex’s were cheap so…), def gone.
If you’re the opposite of myself, I think it’s important to take a look at the emotions you’ve attached to items. Cause real talk…they’re just items. Plastic, wooden, ceramic objects should not reign supreme over our lives.
Emotions are probably the reasons why you continuously bring unnecessary things into your life or the reason why you can’t let it go. Having a conversation with yourself about what’s really going could help you take the step towards living a junk free life.
Let’s get real: in the past I had issues with getting rid of clothes. I would buy more clothes even when it was obvious I needed to let go of what I already had. Examining the feelings I experienced when went shopping and when it was time to declutter made me look at deeper issues with myself.
So, my decluttering friends, do you feel like you can master the art of letting go of the physical items in your life? I think you can and I hope my tips help transform the way you approach “letting go”. I know I hinted a few times throughout this post about a freebie I created so here it is!
Download this list of
I created this list for those of you who’re sitting there thinking okay these tips are cool but I still need guidance on exactly what to release from my space. Yep, this list is for you! Download it and feel inspired to chuck things out and master your art of letting things go!
Happy letting go!
Are you ready to let go of your physical shit?
You’ll find over 50 ideas of things you can clear up and clear out of your life, right now. Let me know how this freebie works for you in the comments below.