Kerbside Collection Coming to Jindalee: Getting Organised The Minimalist Way

Kerbside Collection is coming to Jindalee on Monday, 28 May 2018 which means that it’s time to get organised.

Organising is probably one of the most daunting tasks especially if you have acquired tons of stuff over the years. Organising and decluttering are considered to be the first steps in living a happier life in a minimalist lifestyle.

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Kerbside Collection is one of the best ways to get rid of large items lying around the house. It is particularly helpful for people wishing to switch to a minimalist way of living.

The idea is simple, own less and spend more time on things that matter while living comfortably in your home. Whilst the idea may be simple, it may be easier said than done.

Getting rid of things might be tough especially when you are surrounded by stuff that you have bought with your hard earned money. This is where The Minimalists comes in.

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The Minimalists, founded by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, helps millions of people around the world live meaningful lives with less. The duo devised fun decluttering methods to help people jump-start their road to minimalism. These are the 30-Day Minimalism Game and the Packing Party.

30-Day Minimalism Game

Decluttering may be intimidating for some but this game makes it a fun experience. To start, find someone to play the game with, either a family member or a friend, who also want to get rid of their excess stuff.

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In the first day of the month, each of you must get rid of one thing. On the second day, both of you must get rid of two things, followed by three on the third day and so on. You can get rid of anything from clothes, furniture, electronics, excess tools, etc.

You can choose to donate, sell, or throw away the things you have discarded as long as these things are out of your house by midnight each day.

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It is easy in the first week but it gets more challenging as weeks come since you would need to get rid of more than a dozen things from your home each day. Whoever can keep the game going the longest wins.

If you decide to play the game, you can use the #MinsGame to share your story or follow other people’s journey.

Packing Party

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This is quite an extreme method for decluttering and is very helpful if you are planning to move anytime soon. Whilst it is labour intensive since it requires a lot of preparation, it can be really effective if you practice it.

In this method, it would be great to have some friends over to help you pack all your stuff into boxes as if you’re moving. In the next few months, only take out those items that you use and after about three months, the items left inside the boxes should either be donated or sold.

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This method can help you zero-in on what you truly need and help you decide on which stuff can go away. You are less likely to miss whatever is inside those boxes since, as they say, out of sight, out of mind.

Decluttering this way can help you save room when you are planning to move-in to a new home since you would only be left with the essentials.

These methods can be handy for those who require a bit of help in cleaning up their home from excess stuff. It is no surprise as to why the popularity of Minimalism is growing so fast around the world. In Brisbane alone, there are already 600+ people who are adopting this lifestyle.

If you want to get started on being a minimalist, check out the Brisbane Local Meetup Group on Facebook.