Should I Buy my 300th Shirt or What? When my eyes opened to the world of being a Minimalist.

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?

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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!

 

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8 thoughts on “Should I Buy my 300th Shirt or What? When my eyes opened to the world of being a Minimalist.

  1. Love this! I really should be doing this myself. I like that you suggest to take it steps, put things away and see how you deal without them. I really should go through my closet and do that as every time I open the door I am overwhelmed by what I see. I don’t know if you took the accompanying picture yourself or if you found it somewhere online but it makes a great visual aid and gets the point across. Thanks for the read.

  2. This is a timely blog post for me as my boyfriend and I just bought a closet organizer today! We both feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of clothes we have, and definitely can do with giving some away. I plan on bagging up some clothes I haven’t been wearing and want to pursue a minimalism approach to my wardrobe in the future. Do you have any suggestions for planning ahead for other seasons (i.e. my summer dresses won’t be missed if I throw them out now, but I’ll need something to wear in August when it’s hot out) and how to store them?

  3. I love this post! I’m currently in the process of getting rid of a bunch of my stuff and this is definitely something that I needed to read! Have you heard of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying? I haven’t read it but I heard its brilliant! Have you read it?

  4. I too watched the documentary on Minimalism and was so inspired by what Joshua and Ryan were preaching. I tend to attack a room and go through drawers and closets and get rid of the things that have no value anymore and just take up space. I always feel lighter when I drop off bags at Value Village.

  5. This post is definitely something i relate to. While i wouldn’t call myself a “minimalist”, i have recently started thinking about what i own and “how much is too much?” sort of mindset. do i really need 10 lipsticks, etc.. I have been trying to downsize, go through items and ether donate or recycle.

  6. What a great blog, and really catchy title – I laughed out loud!! I can soooo relate to this. Actually my son can relate to this – this past summer he finally committed to cleaning out his t-shirt collection because his dresser drawers were bursting at the seams – over 80 t-shirts. sigh. And probably only wearing about 20 of them. He proceeded to toss and bag as many as he could part with, stopping at the 30 mark I believe. It was progress!

  7. I love this! I also watched this documentary recently and had me thinking the same way you are. I have way too much junk! Lots of little junky stuff cluttering my shelves that I need to get rid of. Or there’s the pesky overflowing cupboard under the bathroom sink that I keep shoving things into. I really enjoyed the documentary and how they broke it down.

    I, too, always thought minimalists owned basically nothing but once they explained that I could keep my many books, then I was more on board. My husband and I have definitely been living more of a minimalist lifestyle since watching and have downsized some of our belongings. Over the next few weeks I hope to tackle some more areas and the bedroom closet is not one I am looking forward to but I know there are tons of clothes that can be donated!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  8. Not only did I watch the documentary but I recently went through every room in my house in a in effort to de-clutter and reduce the amount of things we just dont use. The incentive for all of this was listing my house as an Airbnb and having my first group in to stay. The change has been a huge improvement in our day to day living. Being a single parent with three kids, its been a challenge staying on top of things, mainly cleaning and clutter. Once it was finished, even the junk drawers cleaned out, the whole home felt lighter, easier to manage and more purposeful. We have the things we enjoy the most, minimalism doesnt mean to own nothing, it just means letting go of the need to have everything.

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