Re-Evaluation Time

I’ve had a lot of thoughts running through my brain this month with the holiday season in the air. So here’s my third post of the month!

When I started Minimalism, I told myself that I would re-evaluate every few months or so and that I’d get rid of more items that don’t bring value to my life. Well, the time has come to re-evaluate the things I’ve kept.

Before I get to the re-evaluation box, why do I feel the need to keep re-evaluating my stuff? It’s a pretty simple answer if you think about what it means to be a minimalist. To me, Minimalism isn’t just a moment in time when you decided to throw out/donate a bunch of items to make room for more items. Minimalism is a lifestyle I’ve chosen for myself and I practice it every day, whether it’s putting an item in the donate box or spending more time with friends. Minimalism doesn’t have a permanent definition since you can define minimalism to your liking and you should be able to sculpt it to your daily life, but I urge you to keep it as a daily routine because it will help you with the following:

  • Keeps your home clutter free
  • Saves you money
  • Helps you get out and spend more time with family/friends
  • Helps you realize what’s truly important during the Holidays
  • Helps with meditation (For me)
  • It could open the door to new experiences, instead of new materialistic objects

I usually do re-evaluations every month, but that’s normally for small items that I see around the house. The big re-evaluations come every few months and I tend to look at everything I have and I wonder if I need it anymore.

This is my current re-evaluation box that I keep in the kitchen. I leave this box out every day, so it reminds me that I have a goal with minimalism and that I don’t need to keep every item that I own for the rest of my life. This box currently contains movies, books, dishware, clothing, and some other small objects.

Being able to let go is an amazing feeling and I can keep my house clutter free every day of the year. Humans develop obsessive feelings towards items and feel that they must be kept forever, but why keep items that will never be used and why not donate them to an organization that can get them to people that will use them? Yes, I keep a few books around that I do not want to part with, but there have been many that I had no intention of reading again, and the same goes for my movie collection. Ask any one of my closest friends about past Jeff when it came to movies because my movie collection was my baby and I admired it every day. Did you catch the word I used, admired? I could stare at that collection like it was a work of beautiful art and I was proud of the movie size. Thankfully, I no longer do that with my items and I have parted with over 90% of my movie collection. If I do want a new movie that I’d like to keep around, I usually buy digitally know to keep the clutter out. (Also be careful with digital purchases, because those can add up since they’re not visible in the house. But I’ll discuss social media/digital collections in a later post.)

Re-evaluating your household items can help with the decluttering process and it’s something I highly recommend. If minimalism is something you’re wanting to try, start out slow. You don’t have to dive head first with this lifestyle because it will take time to adjust. You’ll still want to spend money on useless junk, but over time, you’ll have control of those impulses and that’s when you start to see the rewiring process taking hold. If you have any questions about my minimalism lifestyle, please send them my way!


Minimalist of Galveston Isle.


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