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Tech-enabled Minimalism

March 4, 2019


Less is the new more - when it comes to owning things anyway. Many of us are on a quest to let go of what we don’t need to make room for more of the things we love. Luckily for us, there are apps for that. Here are some ways technology can help you get closer to an existence free of excess.

 

The Capsule Wardrobe:

A well-edited wardrobe is a must-have for the minimalists among us. Enter the capsule wardrobe: one or two dozen pieces of clothing that you love and are versatile enough to get you through every day and season. Apps like Cladwell help you manage your capsule: register your wardrobe and put together endless looks from your pared down set of pieces. After going through the exercise of tossing out anything you haven’t worn in a year or that doesn’t spark joy, Cladwell will help you get the most out of your wardrobe without being on a constant hunt for new things. See also: Stylebook and ClosetSpace.

 

Storage Spaces that Breathe:

Storage can be less about safekeeping and more about getting things out of sight. Instead of hiding your overflow, why not turn a quick buck? If your closets are bursting at the seams with unneeded ware, try OfferUp or LetGo: both are apps that let you list items for sale to people in your vicinity.  If the thought of rolling up, packing, and shipping that old guest room rug was giving you shivers, these apps save you the hassle by advertising just to people nearby. Spend a Saturday walking around your home, snapping pics of items you’d like out, picking a price and posting them for sale. See who turns up to take them off your hands!

 

Digitize your Mini Picassos:

Got Kids? Then you’ve got junk. But not all of it may be the kind you want to throw away. From daycare up to middle school, kids come home almost daily with new art projects and doodle masterpieces. These seem to like to settle on counter tops, in drawers, on side tables, and otherwise create disarray. Enter ArtKive: an online service that turns those works of art into digital and hard copy keepsake books. Send in a box with all the pieces you want preserved, and they’ll be professionally photographed, scanned, and packaged for clutter-free consumption.

 

Now that your closets and counter tops are clear, let us know where you will declutter next!



 

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