Here’s a quick background on me (or at least the important things you should know to follow along with the rest of this post)
-I have way more clothes than one individual actually needs. I can’t even give you a point of reference it’s so much!
-I love home décor
-I am crafty
-I enjoy expressing my creativity through my clothes and my home décor/DIYing
Now that you know pretty well everything about me. Let me get into it.
Should I buy my 300th shirt or what?
I recently watched a documentary: Minimalism. I had heard of minimalism, mostly through the concept of tiny houses. I liked the idea of downsizing your life and living simply. But I always lead myself to believe that I couldn’t do it. I love my stuff way too much!
Through watching this documentary and going through the website of the two guys who created it (Joshua & Ryan) I really learned a lot.
The biggest takeaway was this:
Minimalism doesn’t mean you are only allowed to own 100 items, and you aren’t allowed to take joy in buying new things. It doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything you own RIGHT NOW!
Joshua and Ryan put it quite nicely:
“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”
[Find that full article here]
The biggest thing in our current culture is that people put too much meaning on ‘stuff.’ Especially because there are always bigger and better things becoming available on the daily. Our culture has set us up to be people who always need more stuff! Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE culprit of buying new things. Especially when it comes to clothes, home décor, and craft supplies. Buying new things is like a drug. You spend your money, buy something new, and everything feels better. You wear that new shirt once or twice, and you’re really excited to show off your new threads… but then the drug wears off and you need to buy something else. You also feel an abundance of guilt for spending money that you don’t really have because you still have yet to pay off your student loans, or that car you decided to buy. (I swear I’m not bitter).
This is another cool article listing the Benefits of Minimalism. There are definitely some good points.
After watching this documentary, I decided I wanted to start living a life style where my stuff means less. The biggest thing to remember about minimalism is that when things are important to you, don’t get rid of them. But if they really have no deep meaning to you, throw ‘er away! On Monday of this week I took a step into the world of minimalism. My closets (yes, I mean that in a plural form) full of clothes, were down sized. I got rid of 204L of clothes. Now I didn’t completely get rid of them, because I wasn’t ready for that kind of commitment. But I figured I’d put my clothes into some bins, put them in my closet and see how I survive off the leftovers.
It’s been 5 days, and to be honest I don’t even remember what clothes I put into these bins. I have opened them once because I needed a pair of shorts to wear to a new intramural team I joined. Other than that, I’d say I won’t need much else from those bins. I would love to eventually downsize my wardrobe a little more, but I am going to be taking baby steps on this one.
My next goal is to go through all my shelves and drawers of junk and get rid of everything I don’t need, that dust collector stuff!
Things like home décor and craft supplies, are two things that are the most important to me. Those will be my biggest exceptions to my minimalism lifestyle. Or the direction I am headed anyway.
I want to challenge you to think of things in your home that have no importance, or that have no meaning to you. Get rid of them, or put them in a box in the back of your closet, and see how you feel after a few weeks. For me, I already feel a weight lifted when I walk into my room and stare at my minimized closet. No longer is there an avalanche of clothes that come out at me when I go to get dressed every morning. I have also not spent money all week, which feels great on my bank account!
Are you feeling weighed down by ‘stuff’? Check out minimalism, it’s really better than it sounds. http://bit.ly/2iL0o7M