Starting a Minimalist Lifestyle – WHY and How can you do it?

Minimalist Living?

Minimalist living is an all inclusive lifestyle – having a minimal, clutter-free environment is a large part of it, but it’s so much more than that. The minimalist lifestyle includes looking at the way you spend your time, your money, and even the way you think. – tinylife.com

Personally, here are some of the reasons why I started a minimalist lifestyle;.

  • to lessen stress and anxiety
  • to clear up my mind and help me to focus on the more important things
  • freedom from pressure to pursue more material possessions
  • less time spent in cleaning and organizing things,
  • more time spent with loved ones
  • freedom to do more things I love like traveling and joining advocacy-driven events
  • to help others benefit from my clutter

JOIN Me on my journey, and try it for yourself too!

To help us getting started, let us begin with the obvious –getting rid of clutter.

Decluttering simply means to get rid of some things in a place. So where will we bring these “Things” that we decluttered? Maybe, this is one of the few questions you have in mind in decluttering. The usual beneficial activities that we can do with our useful clutters are:

  • Having a garage sale
  • Sell it online
  • Hand it down to relatives/friends

While I tried to do all of the above, I even signed up to various apps offering online selling–clutter still build up and it’s just stock in a box waiting to be sold or waiting forever.

I’m glad while searching for minimalism and decluttering, I found a deeper purpose. I found Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” Philippines!

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Philippines or simply “Habitat ReStore”, is a one of a kind in Asia. It is the only warehouse in Asia that accepts donations and sells it for charity fundraising purposes to help Filipino families live a better life by ReStore.

ReStore is a Habitat for Humanity’s non-profit home improvement charity and donation center offering new and gently-used furniture, home decor, appliances, building materials, sporting goods, toys, and other home and office items. Donated merchandise are offered to the public at lower than market value. All proceeds help fund Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities, and hope.

So are you ready to start decluttering? Saying goodbye to items we once loved is a heartbreaking, sentimental moment, believe me, we might have second thoughts in giving away these items. But we can be motivated if we try to think of the families who will benefit from our deeds.

I suggest you have 3 boxes while you do the decluttering (of course big items like furniture cannot be boxed so please just label it).

  1. YES Box (are items you are whole heartedly wanted to give away)
  2. MAYBE box (are items you are still thinking of its use to your life)
  3. NO box (are items you cannot give away as of the moment

Remember, decluttering should be decided whole-heartedly and do not force yourself especially if this is your first time to do it.

Here are sample of the items you can declutter and donate to Habitat ReStore:

unused furnitures
old, unused furnitures
Christmas decors
Tiles – you can also buy these as donations for only P3.00 per tile
Toilet covers
doorknobs, cabinet handles, etc
bathroom fixtures
Paint
Paintings
Paintings
Lighting fixtures
Shower heads
wigs
hardware tools

 

hardware tools
Shoes
Suitcases, sports equipments
Sporting goods
Sporting goods
Pre-loved clothes
Shoes
Mugs

 

Office machines

 

I guess just like me, you were amazed of the numerous list that we can declutter and donate. Here’s a quick list:

Items for donation are but not limited to:

🏡Antiques & Collectibles

🛋Cabinets & Countertops

🚪Doors & Windows

🏡Floor & Wall Tiles

🛋🛏Indoor & Outdoor Furniture

⏰⏳Home Décor & Accessories

🛏🛌Large & Small Appliance

🏡Lawn & Garden Tools

💡Lighting & Electrical Fixtures

🔧 Lumber, Molding & Trim

🔧Plumbing Materials

🍽Kitchen Supplies & Equipment

🛁Sanitary & Bath Ware

🚣‍♂️Fitness & Sporting Equipment

🌇 Office Equipment

🎶Musical Instruments

🔦Tools & Hardware

🎱Toys

📒Books

👪 Clothes

👠👡Shoes

Please keep in mind that while all donations are helpful, they emphasized that they need new or gently used items that are in good working condition. Habitat ReStore doesn’t have much resources yet to facilitate major repairs.

Cannot think of an item to donate yet? Well, you can also buy from their store things you might need to organize your house at the same time help in charity.

Like these lovely baskets to help you organize your things while you do some de-cluttering.

We (with the CEO) on behalf of ROAD RENT A CAR TSC have partnered with Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a Community Development Project for a donation drive to help build homes for the indigenous people. We aim to donate usable items and collect as much as we can until October 28, 2018.

Donations may be directly given to Habitat ReStore Warehouse in Las Pinas along Alabang-Zapote Road in between DBP Village and Shell Gas station, just before Sm Southmall if coming from Alabang. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm. Just have your name and number listed under ROAD when you drop your donations, we might have a surprise gift for you 😚🎁

ROAD Members may also bring their donations on October 28, during the Celebration of the Gen. Trias Coop Week. Just contact me at 0916-2584161 or via fb page : ROAD RENT A CAR

Thinking of other ways to help?

  • You may just simply shop from their store
  • Volunteer as a transport partner to carry the goods during the donation campaign

Hope this will be a GOOD REASON to start your journey to Minimalism.

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