What I am learning as I journey towards “less stuff” is that sometimes the journey to simplify starts with a lot of work. Unless we just burn everything to the ground and start from scratch, decluttering actually starts by making a lot of extra work for ourselves before we can get to a place of simple.
There are a few things that are helping me get rid of some clutter in my life.
1. Unroll.me: Digital clutter is totally a real thing. I spend so much time wading through email junk that I could be spending productively. Not to mention how many emails I have signed up for over time that try to get me to buy more stuff which is 100% the opposite of where I am trying to move my life. Unroll.me is super simple. You put in your email and it shows you everything you have subscribed to. You can either unsubscribe with a click or roll all your subscriptions into one daily email.
2. PaperKarma: Going to the mailbox is one of my favorite parts of the day. But I have NO IDEA why because all it holds is junk. It is the promise of the possibility of something fun that gets me excited each day I guess. I typically just walk straight from the mailbox to the recycle bin but why even deal with that. PaperKarma is an app I installed on my phone. When I get junk mail I take a picture of it and PaperKarma gets me taken off the mailing list. I know there are ways to give off catalog lists, but this is kind of one stop shopping. I only started using this a few days ago so the jury is still a bit out on it, but I have read a lot about it and it sounds quite promising.
3. ThredUp: I have been cleaning out my closet and streamlining everything. I do not need near as many clothes as I have and while I will never be fully minimalist with my wardrobe, I certainly can tone it down a bit. With ThredUp you request a giant bag, fill it up and send it in. Honestly you don’t get a ton for your stuff, but it is still more than I would get at Goodwill. And I use the credits I have earned to buy the kid’s clothes. I might mess with EBay for some of my nicer stuff but honestly that just seems like a lot of work.
4. Zinio: I used to have a RIDICULOUS amount of magazine subscriptions. I have let all but two go. (InStyle– because fashion. The Week– because I need to know a bit about what is going on in the world #bestmagazineever #wortheverypenny). So my first tip would be to get rid of your magazine subscriptions. But Zinio is this great app that lets you read your magazines on your tablet. Even better Zinio has partnered with a ton of public libraries to let you read magazines for free, saving money and clutter. Let’s pretend I use mine to read The Economist and not US Weekly.
I hate lists that end in 4 and not 5 but that is what I got right now. I shared a few other apps a year ago that are big time savers for me as well.
Do you have any apps or websites that help you simplify?