Sometimes, the things we keep leave us feeling overburdened and stuck in life, and so getting rid of possessions can help you to feel free again.
To start on a path to joyful minimalism, play a game with yourself. Pledge to get rid of one item per day for a month. If you’re like most people, you’ll start running into challenges about halfway through, but don’t give up.
They key, here, is to pick up each item, look at it, and ask yourself one important question: does this bring me joy?
If not, toss it. If it does, then keep it.
Over time, do this with everything you own, honestly evaluating each item for the effect it has on your life. You may find a few things that make you unexpectedly joyful, as well as a few things you thought you loved, but really don’t.
Making more room for joy in your life sometimes takes a little housecleaning, so consider going minimal.