My Reverse Minimalism Method

My Reverse Minimalism Method

There are many methods of becoming a minimalist that we could talk about. But I want to tell you about the minimalism method that has helped me pursue a minimalist lifestyle.

A bit of back ground: I’m a messy, junk piling, disaster-ignoring soul.

I tend to be a hoarder. I’m the clutter-bug person that drives you neat and organized people crazy.

Growing up, I had all my clothes piled in the bottom of my closet and I would just pull thing out of the pile that I wanted to wear that day.

Being a mess is normal to me.

Turns out, changing my ways was a lot easier than I thought!

BUT I had to use a different method.

One of the popular methods of minimalism, is to go through every item you own, hold it, and decide if it “sparks” joy.  (I’m not exactly sure what that means….)

That doesn’t work for me. 😬

For me, if I try to hold everything and decide if it brings me joy, or if I would use it., I would end up keeping absolutely everything. I’m the “I might use this someday” kind of person. I’m the “I’ll save these old jeans to make a craft with them” person.

Except when I keep those things I never use them anyway. They just sit there. And sit there. It accumulates dust and takes up space in my home.

I’ve found that I have to circumvent my clutter bug self and make it so that I can’t keep hoarding stuff.

Which is how I came up with the reverse minimalism method.

The Reverse Minimalism Method:

Make a list of everything you use daily.

Get rid of the rest.

1. Make A Wardrobe List:

When you make a capsule wardrobe , write it out on paper first. Trust me. It will make it soooo much simpler. My paper sketching for my capsule wardrobe was messy and discernible only to me. But, it made creating it so much easier.

{P.S. There’s going to be an entire post on my capsule wardrobe coming soon. I created it around Christmas… Then found out I was having a baby. Enter in maternity clothes.)

Write down what clothes you wear regularly, or write down your ideal capsule and simply get rid of the excess.

I created a capsule wardrobe with the clothes I already had, but being pregnant threw a catch in that. Now I’m enjoying the travel maternity capsule wardrobe. 😂

reverse minimalism guide

2. Make a kitchen list:

What do you use regularly? What’s a useless gadget? Get rid of the rest.

The kitchen is a tricky place because it contains so many different gadgets, utensils, appliances, etc. They all serve a unique purpose…..

I suggest that you keep the appliances you use regularly AND that serve multiple purposes. If you want more minimalist kitchen ideas, check out my extreme minimalist kitchen experiment.

What kind of meals do you cook on a regular basis?

You probably don’t need fifteen mixing spoons.

You don’t need ten frying pans, most stove tops only have four elements anyway.

Figure out what you use every week and begin narrowing down the rest of your kitchen items.

3. Make a bathroom list:

Write down exactly the products you use daily.

Get rid of the rest. It’s that simple.

I have a simple five-minute makeup routine and I realized that I didn’t use all of that extra makeup stuff I had sitting in the drawer. So I got rid of it. Maybe makeup is your thing, and you enjoy experimenting with all of it, but maybe you only paint your nails in pastels, get rid of the other nail polish you don’t use.

What about shampoos, conditioners, body washes, perfume? What do you USE every day?

Keep what you use, get rid of the rest.

4. Make a design plan for your decor and furniture:

What kind of home do you want to have?

What kind of decor do you ACTUALLY like?

If you don’t truly love that vase that looks like it’s seen better days, than get rid of it!

BTW, moving is a great way to get rid of stuff. When I moved, I didn’t bother to decorate my house. (I wasn’t much of a decorator before anyways.) I got rid of the little trinkets and things that annoyed me. I might not be a decorator, but I do know my style does not involve random figurines of who knows what.

I decided I would wait to decorate my home until I figured out what kind of styles I liked. What gets added to my home are things I enjoy and like. I don’t feel the pressure to throw up a bunch of useless decor just because I have a blank wall. If I don’t know what I want there yet, I’m not going to just fill the space with mediocre decor.

Reverse Minimalism Method:

The reverse minimalism method can be applied to any area of your home. It’s also a quicker way to achieve a minimalist home.

I don’t like to waste time. If I know what I want to do (i.e. create a minimalist home), then I want to get down to business and get it done. Don’t waste time.

You can begin deciding on the kind of home you want and the purpose it will serve:

A restful place to relax after work?

A safe place for your kids to grow up?

A great place to have a home office?

A home where you can entertain?

You get to decide!!



The key to reverse minimalism:

  • Figure out the type of home you want.

  • Make a list of what you’ll need to help you accomplish this.

  • Get rid of the rest.


This is one of the best methods to create a minimalist home, when you are a messy clutter-bug like me!!

(You know who you are!) 😉



This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. After trying minimalism in many different ways I thought of this and it worked! Great minds think alike!

  2. I feel like this was written about me. I have 40+ pairs of old jeans because I intended to make something from them. Great pointers , I’m going to try this approach because the joy approach you mentioned makes me feel burned out very quickly.

  3. This is genius. Simple but unique. You’re so right!

  4. I have always worked/thought this way. I am not messy or a hoarder, but I am visual and very organized and structured. My approach is to think the problem through, go to Pinterest and create a vision board then action it. Never fails.

  5. This is practically how I declutter. So many of the other methods did not work for me.
    I started doing this a few years back. For me it was creating a list off memory, afterwards comparing the list to the physical items by category (closet, bathroom, toys, etc.)
    My train of thought was anything I listed were items that were used frequently enough, essential, important, and/or sentimental. And then the rest could be gotten rid of. The reason I compare my list to the items is because sometimes you do forget an item that is actually used.
    Great blog!

  6. I LOVE this method! It also plays into my love for list-making, and helps me not get overwhelmed by all the stuff when I actually sit down to try and declutter. I have a game plan, and I know what I’m doing. You’ve definitely inspired me to actually get to it and get rid of the excess!

  7. This method is just what I needed. A simple if you don’t use it get rid of it. I never understood the “hold it how does it make you feel” way of decluttering.

  8. I love this!! i think we are twins born many years apart…….I have always been a mess, too! The hold it and decide method doesn’t work for me, either; this method makes so much sense. Thank you!

  9. This was so helpful! It is so helpful to have a strategy when you start decluttering!

  10. Thanks for sharing! I love how you threw in the curve ball that maternity clothes threw! It’s so true. I find being pregnant over the winter helps keep clothes to a minimum because I can where open sweaters with maternity tanks and jeans.

  11. Thank you! I totally have this problem! I’ve sort of given up though since I’ve got kids and a messy husband who also thinks he can use every little thing someday. Half of our house is ok most of the time and half is cluttered with extra stuff. Ive gotten rid of SO much stuff the last few years though. This might help. Thank you!

  12. Love this! I’m going to hit my kitchen now! It makes so much sense to just keep what you want rather than going through everything one at a time.

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