We all own way more clothes than we actually wear, but you might not realize the extent of your wardrobe hoarding until you get a reality check from a minimalist. Most people wear 20 percent of their clothes 80 percent of the time, says Joshua Becker, founder of the blog Becoming Minimalist and author of The More of Less. “Almost everyone would benefit from … cutting their closet in half,” he says. “They wouldn’t miss half the things they get rid of and would find getting ready is easier.” Easier said than done, we know, but you can start by not adding to the clutter. To avoid feeling the need to buy all-new pieces every season, stick with one classic style that suits you, says Becker. So that ultra-trendy top that will be out of style in a year? Leave it on the rack, and create a timeless capsule wardrobe instead.
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A little mug might not take up much space in your kitchen, but a specialty appliance or tool takes up a ton of real estate—especially if you don’t use it that often. “I like appliances that can do double duty to save space,” says Evelyn Rennich, founder of Smallish blog. For instance, skip the apple corer and use a basic knife. And avoid buying other kitchen gadgets that are a waste of money. If buying a new tool is the only way to make a recipe you’re looking at, consider if it’s worth it for just one meal. For instance, if you rarely make brunch but are in the mood for something bread-like, satisfy that craving with pancakes nix buying that waffle iron.