You’ve probably heard the phrase “minimalize your lifestyle.” While in theory it sounds good, it’s not always so easy to implement into reality. Paring down and getting rid of all your stuff? That’s for magazines and Instagram shots, not real people.

There’s no need to minimalize and live a completely stark lifestyle to the point where you only own a sofa and a bed. Going with an all or nothing approach doesn’t really make sense for most of us. Part of living minimally is about decluttering and getting rid of random things you’ll never use.

Declutter

There are several things you can do to declutter and minimalize while not going overboard and keeping your space truly feeling like a home.

Get Rid of Unused Items

Part of decluttering means getting rid of things you don’t want or use. Commonly, articles suggest purging things you haven’t used within a certain time period. How true that is! This applies to everything from clothing to furniture. If you’re not using it and it’s just gathering dust, sell or donate it. It’ll free up some much needed space.

Keep Cherished Items

While you should get rid of things you don’t use, it doesn’t mean getting rid of every single one of your tchotchkes. You want a home that looks lived in, not a museum. So purge but feel free to keep things like the drum set you bought on your trip to Africa or that heirloom ceramic cat from Great Aunt Ida, just so long as they’re used or have a deeper meaning.

Buy Only What You Need

The quickest way to avoid having to declutter? By not buying unnecessary items to begin with. When making major purchases (or even some minor ones), keep in mind what you really need and don’t be swayed by the cute item on sale or the accessory that looks so cool but that you don’t really need. If you think you really want something that’s not on your must-have list, think about it, and if it’s still constantly on your mind, head back to get it. Chances are, you’ll forget about said item shortly after your shopping trip.