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April 27, 2015


love aesthetics 10 things to get rid of now

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Today is Kingsday in The Netherlands (previously Queensday), a Dutch holiday on which we celebrate the king’s/queen’s birthday. Everyone is dressed in the national color orange and the cities become gigantic street parties. But people are also allowed to sell stuff free from taxes on Kingsday, once introduced to help the economy. It resulted in the tradition of everyone (specially kids) going out on the street to sell their old stuff on a blanket. Amsterdam becomes the biggest flea market you will ever see. It is a super lovely of getting rid of old things or for kids to come up with creative business ideas: Lois had a little ‘tattoo shop’ last year with her cousin where she did temporary tattoos on kids for 25 cents. My best Queensday finds include: 1990s Fendi jeans for 1 euro, vintage Chanel watch for 10 euros.

But I am astounded each year by the unimaginable amount of stuff that is on display on the sides of the streets that people do not want/need anymore. It is like a giant purge of unwanted stuff. So in the spirit of that spring cleaning here is a list of things that you can get rid of right now and keep your place free from clutter.

1 / TV
Get your time back. The times that we let others decide when and what to watch are over. Download your favourite series, watch the news at your convenience through the internet. I haven’t had a TV in about 5 years and are not missing out on anything. Except when people ask me… do you know that commercial about… No. no I really don’t.

You can only use one at the time. Pick two favourites (per bed in your house), one to use and one while the other one is in the laundry, get rid of the rest.

Share around the books that you’ve already read and love and give them to friends who will appreciate their content too.

4 / BAGS
Do you also get a free tote bag at every store opening/magazine subscription/big purchase/fashion show? they make great substitutes for plastic bags for grocery shopping, but after a few months they do tend to pile up. Pick 3 favourites, hang them on a nice hook and get rid of the rest.

The wires and cables box. A small black box that never gets opened. It contains lots of USB connectors and a few chargers of old ‘in case a friend comes over and need it’. That will not happen often enough to justify keeping them, old chargers and everything that is double can go.

Everything which has a function that could also be done with a regular knife has no reason to be in your kitchen. Look at functionality and do not keep two things with the same function.

Some double items that tend to sneak back into my life for some reason are pens, pencils and hair combs. It are those small essentials that I’ve forgotten to pack a few times and have had to buy again. Get rid of the free pens and pencils, keep only favourites and write note to self to bring your own pen.

Papers and post-its with ideas, (or when I used to have a newspaper subscription interesting articles too) pile up around my workspace. Take a minute to gather all these papers and go through them, write down the most useful thoughts in a notebook and throw out the pile.

I get a little overwhelmed when I see some people’s shelves, dressing tables or sinks; surfaces completely filled with bottles, jars, products. Who needs an entire drug store? Who can use up all the products in an entire drug store? Get rid of comparable products and only keep the most high quality ones.

Keep it fresh, don’t have anything sitting there that has already expired. Naturally go through your kitchen, but also through your medicine cabinet and your make up.

22 responses to “10 THINGS TO GET RID OF RIGHT NOW”

  1. Amy says:

    Taking action immediately!
    I love your posts on minimalism!

  2. Fiona Alice says:

    I’m redecorating my room soon and this is really inspiring to just throw everything out and start a fresh, only buying and keeping items I truly need! Great post.

  3. Pet says:

    Nice post. I purge every two or three months. I live in Berlin where “give boxes” on the streets are quite common and you can leave anything you have no use for. A good rule is “one in, one out” which really helps the clutter down.

  4. Paulius says:

    Getting rid of my TV is something that I wanted to do for quite a while now. Great post!

  5. I have the TV but no channels, at all. I like it but I get the same comments about commercials and childrens TV shows. My mother though I could only access programes for him in English not Icelandic.

    Good notes –

  6. Tess says:

    Your posts on minimalism are just the best. I am curious about your toiletries. How do you streamline them? Would love to see a beauty cabinet post.

  7. Adeola Naomi says:

    Working on my new apartment and this inspire me to buy few and needed things!
    i have a tv I haven’t turned on for months!

  8. Lisette says:

    Totally agree! Thanks for the post!

  9. Neens Bea says:

    Great list! As a dedicated minimalist, I have already pared down all these items, but it is a brilliant place to start for most people. I don’t have a TV either, and I’m actively trying to cut down on the number of TV series I watch. I’ve found that I can’t really relax when watching TV (my computer) – reading a book is so much better, and I still have a few unread physical books to get through (I only buy e-books these days). Less is definitely more! :o)

  10. laura says:

    I’m moving in with my boyfriend soon so this is super helpful!


  11. Albert says:

    Love how minimalist and clean your blog is!

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

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  13. Ramona says:

    true. actually all of these – even though I seem to be addicted to papers and to-do-lists

  14. Hanna says:

    I absolutely LOVE this post! Getting rid of things and paring things down is essential to getting our lives back!

    You were the largest inspiration for me to challenge myself to find my design aesthetic. Thank you for everything that you post.

    My minimal handbag is a finalist in the Handbag Designer Awards- NYC and is on right now! It would mean the world to me if you had a chance to vote at

  15. I really enjoyed these tips!

    I think that a good ‘sort-out’ is really beneficial for the mind too – helps clear your thoughts and prepares your for something new and exciting!

  16. Lisa says:

    Only 2 sets of bedsheets?? Sounds like you don’t have any guests coming over…

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  18. anny1 says:

    it is even worse in America, there is more used clothing/furniture here than retail space to sell/display it D: as a result, so much ends up in a landfill…horrifying, really. just wanted to add, used bedsheets, bedding, and pillows can always be donated to animal shelters. they are usually SO grateful to receive them.

    i also find that buying and consuming less is the first step in de-cluttering. i question myself more strictly and analyze my habits now to see if it’s just an impulse or if i really do need/want the item i’m holding in my hands, or if i’m buying it just because it’s popular or someone else has it…it really starts there.

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  20. number 2 really strikes
    good advice
    thanks !

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