Here is a list of what we've worked on so far in eliminating:
- Children's clothes: Mainly going through their closets and eliminating clothes that they've grown out of or possibly won't wear. We usually get their clothes at thrift shops which are very inexpensive and in good condition. Besides, from our experience, they grow out of their clothes too fast and it gets dirty and beat up fairly quickly. Hand me downs or clothes swaps are great ideas.
- Household Items: Most household items are hardly used. We've gotten rid of multiple baking dishes, dishes, cups, utensils, etc. Stuck with the basics. Still have more to get rid of in our kitchen.
- Bathroom: Very simple. Toiletry items are bought on sale or when running low.
- Our clothes and shoes: We have gotten rid of clothes that we have not used or worn for 3-6months. For me, this is the most challenging part. So far our closets are not overflowing with stuff.
- Recycle: We recycle plastics & bottles. Less clutter, extra cash on hand and great for the environment.
- Automobiles: Our goal is to at least just have 2 cars. I am hoping to try to own just one.
I can list many more but will share more later. I hope that what drives us to live minimally will be a motivating factor for you to try. We wanted to have less things to care for and less things to own for two reasons:
- To have a less cluttered home.
- To have more time to spend with one another and with our family and friends. We think that maintaining things take time away from relationships.