Minimize Me: Second Act

Haven’t read Minimize Me: First Act? Go ahead, I’ll wait while you travel back in time.

So, you’ve watched videos after videos of people decluttering with style. Maybe you’ve already decided to get rid of some old makeup, t-shirts, shoes, or even those lecture notes from your first year. Well…now what? Where can you take your stuff?


You can SELL:

  • unused makeup
  • like-new clothes
  • like-new accessories
  • like-new shoes
  • like-new furniture
  • working electronics
  • textbooks
  • hobby-related stuff (crafting materials, video games, costumes, etc.)

Selling your stuff is a great way to declutter AND get some monies at the same time. HOWEVER, if you’re like me and tend to procrastinate (like SOO BAD y’all), your “sell pile” will just sit there until it slowly re-integrates into your stuff. Basically, I’ve only sold textbooks and video games on Facebook, because I donate everything else.

You can DONATE:

  • unused toiletries
  • clothes
  • accessories
  • shoes
  • towels
  • candles
  • used furniture
  • books

You can donate all sorts of things, as long as they’re in good shape. Just drop off your “donate pile” at a thrift store or ask your friends if they want any of your stuff. Donating is my main method of decluttering because I can make sure that my pile is gone ASAP. Goodwill and MCC (Medical Council of Canada) are great non-profit thrift shops to support (Value Village is a for-profit thrift shop, FYI). Also, public libraries accept book donations, which they sell during their book sales.

By the way, SustainX hosts a thrift shop once a year, and this year’s Green Market is happenin’ on November 1st and 2nd from 10am to 3pm in AgFor building atrium. But if you can’t make it, there’s always next year!

Just kidding, you can drop off your stuff at InfoLink; photo credit: Michelle Chan @ SustainX

You can REUSE:

  • damaged clothes
  • used earrings
  • damaged towels

If you’re crafty, you can probably make some beautiful art with what is otherwise going to be recycled or trashed. I’m NOT very craft-inclined, so the best I can do is to repair my damaged clothes then donate them, or to bring my damaged towels to animal shelters. SCARS (Second Chance Animal Rescue Society) and HART (Humane Animal Rescue Team) are ALWAYS looking for towels, among other things.

You can RECYCLE:

  • expired makeup (check them here or here)
  • expired toiletries
  • damaged electronics
  • damaged furniture

Okay, let’s be real; old makeup is gross. I know, I know – makeup is SO EXPENSIVE. I think I cried a lot a little when I had to get rid of my 10-year-old MAC eyeshadows and 5-year-old NARS blushes. JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING LOOKS CLEAN DOES NOT MEAN IT IS CLEAN. I’ll leave it at that. Be kind to your skin!

I remember when I dropped my Surface 2 RT a couple of years ago, I took it to the Electronics Roundup on campus, and the guy there had to kinda wrestle it out of my death grip. I was very sad about my tablet but at least I knew that it wouldn’t end up in the landfill! If you miss this cool event, you can go to InfoLink or Eco Station depending on the type of electronic waste.

There is also Eco Move Out on major residences twice a year, where you can drop off toiletries, clothes, electronics, furniture, and more in any condition. Keep your eyes peeled during residence move-out days at the end of fall and winter semesters.

A few months ago, I was going through my notebooks and found stacks of bio and chem notes…from high school. As a third-year bio major, I definitely did NOT need those notes anymore. I actually forgot that I had those notes, although they would have helped quite a bit during my first year! I tend to make a lot of paper waste, so now I take digital notes as much as possible – problem solved 🙂

Not sure where the flyers came from…

Okay, so some of you might be saying, “But Julia, I still don’t even know what to declutter! I’ve heard of this Marie Kondo lady, and EVERYTHING I own brings me joy!!” I. KNOW. RIGHT?? As I may have mentioned before, I’m a recovering hoarder so I still feel emotionally attached to things that I own.

First, I started decluttering out of necessity:

  • expired makeup
  • questionably old skincare
  • shoes that gave my feet GREAT PAIN
  • cheap jewelry containing nickel
  • itchy clothes
  • perfumes and candles that gave my hubby allergic reactions

Then, I got rid of what made me feel bad:

  • foundation with the wrong shade
  • smelly or sticky skincare
  • tops that made me feel frumpy 😦
  • skirts and dresses that were too short or too long
  • bags that were too small or too big
  • books that I swore that I’d read but never did
  • ugly gifts from family or relatives (you know what I’m talking about)
  • gifts from ex-whatevers that reminded me of unpleasant memories

THEN, I thought about duplicates:

  • 20 nail polishes in slightly varying degrees of red
  • 10 mascaras that are all open, of course
  • 5 bottles of shampoo
  • 30 body towels (enough to last me at least a month without doing laundry)
  • the same video game that was released in 5 different editions and on 3 different gaming systems

The duplicates helped me see that I shouldn’t buy any more of these things until they were used up or damaged. Decluttering is an ongoing process, but decluttered amount should become less and less every year. Eventually, everything you own should have a purpose and make you feel happy 🙂

After a decluttering sesh, if you identify something that you need to purchase, BE PICKY. For clothes and shoes, it’s the best to keep in mind your preferred colors, fit, and style.

Next time in the Minimize Me series, I will talk about how I maintain minimalism in my closet. Stay tuned!

Julias Closet
Julia’s closet :3

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Julia Lee
The Blog Team Noob
(But Minimalism Pro)

3 thoughts on “Minimize Me: Second Act

  1. Hey Julia,

    I’m so glad you continued the minimize me series. I was afraid you weren’t going to post. Thank you for referring all the thrift stores/events that we can donate to. Just like you, if i’m decluttering, I want to get rid of things fast, so selling is not an option for me.

    I’m super super super excited about your next article. I’m trying really hard to build a capsule wardrobe/daily uniform, but it’s so hard. I know my style and fit of clothing, but it takes a lot of effort, time, and money to go hunt those clothes down. I’ve wasted numerous hours on online sites to look for my particular taste, and have found no luck. Hopefully, you can refer some ethical and good quality websites to build a minimal wardrobe that looks good.

    Again, THANK YOU for this! And super excited for the next Act!


    1. Hey Samar,

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m really happy that you enjoy reading about minimalism as I enjoy writing about it. We’re all basically experimenting together, ya know? Oooh, that’s a GREAT idea about including some websites to help shape your pared-down wardrobe 😀

      I can definitely relate to your pain; I find shopping such a chore now that I’m picky and know what I want on my body 😦 Actually, I’m currently trying out Frank & Oak Style Box subscription. They pride themselves on ethically sourced and crafted clothing, including jeans. I can write about it once I’ve received multiple boxes :3

      Thanks for commenting ❤



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