Minimalist Teen's Guide to Minimalism
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9 Step Journey into Minimalism

Unpack what you need

Identify the items in your life that add value... the essentials. 馃摝
I was tired, stressed and unhappy. I realized that this stemmed from all the stuff I had, so I packed it all away like the Minimalists. During the following week, I took out the items I needed.
馃憠 Your Turn: Unpack What You Need!
Throughout the next couple of days, unpack items as you use them. The goal of this step is to determine which items add value to your life. So only unpack what you need!
If you have a car, do the same.
It may be helpful to ask yourself:
Why was this in my car?
When did I use this last?
Does this need to go back into my car?
If so, why?
If I didn鈥檛 put this back into my car, what might be the consequence?*
At the end of this, hopefully, your car will be a lot cleaner and less cluttered!
Keep following this step until the day you don鈥檛 unpack anything. For me, that was on day 7 of my journey.
Curious about what I unpacked during my week of unpacking?
From my notes...
Day 1
Tonight I 鈥渦npacked鈥:
Toothpaste, toothbrush
Hair tie, brush
Towel
Hygiene products
Pen
Daily journal
Phone, laptop and chargers
Desk
Lamp
Chair
Bed, bedding
Eye mask
White noise machine
Day 2
Morning:
Glasses
One t-shirt
One pair of jeans
One belt
One pair of socks
One pair of shoes
Afternoon:
Fork, plate, cup
Food
Guitar, piano
Headphones
Printer
Paper, scissors, tape
Trash can
Exercise foam roller
Pajamas, slippers
Day 3
Workout clothing
Sneakers
Sunscreen
School backpack
Pencil case
Mug
Day 4
Razor
Soup
Day 5
Black sweater
Water bottle
Raincoat
Day 6
Some makeup
Day 7
Nothing! I unpacked nothing!
鉃★笍 Next up: Step .
馃槻 Did You Know: In 1930, the average American woman owned nine outfits. Today, that figure is 30 outfits鈥攐ne for every day of the month.
*: I pulled these questions from of the Minimalists鈥 21-Day Journey into Minimalism series.
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