Less is More: How to Try the Minimalism Lifestyle Trend

Have you heard of minimalism? Living a minimalist lifestyle is hugely popular across the United States, thanks to experts like Marie Kondo, whose best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and Netflix series, Tidying Up, introduced millions of Americans to the trend.

Minimalism isn’t exactly a new concept. For thousands of years, people have lived out the principle that “Less is More,” by downsizing the number of possessions they own. Most importantly, minimalism can be practiced by anyone. It’s all about being intentional about the belongings you have, surrounding yourself with what’s most important to you and removing anything that doesn’t bring you joy. The movement has inspired people to declutter their homes, donate items they no longer need and live a more simple, purposeful life.


So, how can you incorporate the minimalism trend into your daily life? Begin by editing your possessions and being intentional about what you keep. Start with organizing a smaller space such as a closet. Pull all the clothes out of your drawers and off hangers and go through them one item at a time. Do you have clothing that no longer fits you, or that you don’t wear anymore? Do you have clothing that just doesn’t bring you joy? Put these items in a pile to donate later. You may find that sorting through each item one at a time shows you just how much excess “stuff” you really have!

Contrary to popular belief, minimalism doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. It’s about keeping the things you love and use. Anything that doesn’t bring you joy takes up your time and space. By clearing out your home of these items, you actually make more room what you love!

Bring Good Home Infographic. Describes process of donating to Goodwill and shopping at Goodwill to create jobs.

Bring Good Home Infographic

Are you ready to hop on the minimalism trend? If so, we encourage you to donate the gently used clothing, accessories, and household items you no longer need to Ohio Valley Goodwill! Not only will your donations be given a new life in our retail stores, but the profits raised from the sale of your donated goods are used to fund job training and employment services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans living in the Greater Cincinnati area. Each year, Ohio Valley Goodwill helps change thousands of lives through the power of work, and your donations help make it possible. Thank you for your continued support!

Donating to Ohio Valley Goodwill is simple and easy! Simply gather the items you want to donate and take them to one of our convenient attended donation sites. You’ll receive a receipt for your donation and then we’ll handle the rest! To find your nearest donation center or retail store, please view our list of locations.