Minimalism has been splashed across more magazine covers than reality TV starlets as of late. Top 10 items to toss today. Five things no one needs in their kitchens. Three reasons to live with less. Turn to the full text of any of these articles, and you’ll get a lot more than the benefits of decluttering. You will also get a thinly veiled sales pitch. Containers, organizers, cubbies, bins, trays, dividers. The photographs look so beautiful, so streamlined, so simple that anyone who has ever contemplated clutter would be tempted.
While I would not claim to be a minimalist by any stretch, I am in the midst of a massive purge of my excess. I’m not an expert. I still have too much stuff. I can’t fold my shirts into little origami envelopes* to make them happy or radiate joy. In the past few months, a few things have become clear to me when it comes to cutting the cord with clutter. Here are two tips to getting started without doing any unnecessary spending. Continue reading “Minimize Without More Spending”