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  • Writer's pictureCris Edwards

Shedding Your Shells: 10 Tips for Letting Go of Belongings You Think You Can’t Live Without

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

The journey towards a tiny home lifestyle isn't merely about downsizing your living space—it's also about decluttering your life. Embracing minimalism can seem daunting, especially when it means parting with objects you believe you can't live without. But remember, your belongings don't define you. Here are a few tips to help you let go and make the most of your Big Life Tiny Home.

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Needs Vs. Wants:

Distinguish between what you need and what you merely want. Do you require five sets of bed linens, or could you make do with two? Are all your kitchen gadgets essential, or could a multipurpose tool replace several of them?

One Thing at a Time:

Decluttering doesn't have to be an overwhelming process. Start with one item, one drawer, or one room at a time. It's not a race; it's about thoughtful consideration and gradual progress.

Cherish the Memories, Not the Items:

Remember, it's the memory associated with an item that matters, not the physical object itself. Digitise photos, keep a small memento instead of a large one or take a picture of the item before letting it go.

The One-Year Rule:

Haven't used it in a year? You probably don't need it. If it doesn't serve a purpose or bring you joy, consider getting rid of it. This rule is especially applicable to clothes and shoes.

Quality Over Quantity:

Embrace the philosophy of owning fewer but better things. Invest in high-quality items that will last longer and provide more satisfaction than a houseful of cheaper, less durable items.

Donate or Sell:

Knowing your items will find a new home where they'll be appreciated can make the process of letting go easier. Sell them online, at a garage sale, or donate them to local charities.

The 30-Day Box:

Try the 30-day box method. Put items you're uncertain about in a box and store them away. If you don't reach for anything in the box for 30 days, it's probably safe to say you don't need those things.

Embrace Digital:

Books, music, and movies can all be enjoyed digitally, saving a lot of space. As for important documents, scanning and saving them on a secure cloud drive can declutter your space while keeping everything easily accessible.

Rotation System:

If you have a large collection of something (like books, DVDs, or kitchen gadgets), use a rotation system. Keep a small portion out, and the rest in storage, then rotate. This keeps your collection fresh and exciting without taking up too much space.

Mental Wellbeing:

Letting go of things can be emotional, but remember that your mental well-being and living environment are essential. A clutter-free home means a clutter-free mind.

Embark on your decluttering journey, and discover the freedom of letting go. After all, life in a Big Life Tiny Home is about embracing the essence of living, not accumulating possessions. If you're ready to live an extraordinary life in a Tiny Home, then give us a call today and let's get creating!

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