Are you guilty of owning one too many bags? If bags are your weakness and you find it a struggle fighting the urge to shop for more, perhaps it’s time you rethink your idea of bags (and that uncontrollable handbag collection you have going on in your bedroom or wardrobe). If you’re wishing to live more simply, omitting the needless things in life and following the golden “quality over quantity” principle, is key to thriving as a minimalist.
Not too sure whether you fit into the group of #baglovers, whose bag collection is in need of a good declutter? We suggest you ask yourself the following questions:
- When was the last time you used each of the bags in your collection? If they haven’t been used for over 6 months, are they still worth keeping?
- Are your bags in good condition?
- Do you own more than one of the same kind of bag?
- Do you see yourself carrying the less frequently-used bags in the near future?
No one said decluttering is easy, especially when you’re new to the idea of letting go of something you own or have owned for an extended period of time. The very act of decluttering, however, brings about many valuable benefits that are well-worth considering, such as:
- Reduction in stress
- Improvement in focus
- Boost in sense of accomplishment
- Enhanced quality of living environment
- Increased level of positivity
So, even if the act of decluttering means stepping out of your comfort zone, be assured that it’s perfectly OKAY to take one step at a time. Below is a guide we’ve created to help you get started on minimising your pile of not-so-handy-hand-bags. As long as you begin somewhere, the process will become a lot easier than what you may have initially imagined – GOOD LUCK!
Change your outlook
In order to be a successful bag-collection-declutterer, you’ve got to get past this step first. There’s no point in sorting your bags if you’re going to think, “I’ll keep this one just in case” or “this one was so pricey, it’ll be a waste letting go of it”. You’ll get nowhere if you stick to this way of assessing the things that you own. Our best advice is: if you haven’t used the bag in over 6 months, simply get rid of it.
Sorting will require you to categorise your bags – e.g. cross-body, day clutch, weekender, evening clutch, tote bag, backpack, work bag, etc. Pick out the bags you are currently using, or bags you use the most often. If you own more than one of the same kind of bag, limit yourself to your favourite one and remove the rest.
Allocate a defined storage space
By setting a specified storage area for your bags, you’ll be less likely to create a clutter. For instance, you could choose one shelf, one basket, or one over-the-door hook to be the space where you organise your minimal collection of bags.
Test out your maybes
Give yourself a week or two to test out the bags you think may be a keeper. During this time, you’ll get a better feel of whether you should keep the maybes or let them go.
Say goodbye to the clear cast-offs
Once you’ve made a category of ‘cast-offs’, don’t leave them as is – get rid of them immediately. If they’re still in good condition, you could consider selling them online or donating a box full to your local second-hand shop.