I’m not a hoarder. At least not in the worst possible way. I have always found satisfaction and even joy in decluttering, and have always done it on a regular basis.
But then I started reading minimalist blogs, mainly The Everyday Minimalist, BecomingMinimalist, and The Minimalists. And The Unclutterer, which is not necessarily minimalist, but about organization and decluttering. I have realized how clutter can be constricting and got rid of a lot more. I took pictures off walls and put random boxes in closets to let more light in. I declutter more often and my ability to identify clutter has improved; I’m more realistic about what I will actually use and what I really don’t need to keep. I even tackled sentimental clutter (notes we passed around in middle school, anyone?).
|My drawing skills are a serious problem...|
I buy less, and if I do, I want to invest in better quality from now on. The Everyday Minimalist really inspired me here. Her motto is “Living with less, but only the best.” It made me realize that it is ok to spend a lot of money on something you will use a lot, and that it may even save money in the long run (cost-per-wear/use, etc). Plus, it will make me consider purchases longer, thus resulting in less money spent.
Reading these blogs also made me decide to spend my money on non-things: travel, donations, experiences, my dream of having my own café…
However, I am not a minimalist. I don’t know if I ever will be, but I’m getting closer, and I definitely want to go further down that road. It is one of my goals to declutter whenever I am home from school. I will have survived a semester without these things, so why keep everything?
Still, there are some things I cannot part with. Letters I have received, my diaries, photographs. But to me, they are more symbols than things. Maybe I will change my mind about that one day. It has happened before. Years ago, I decided to never get rid of a book ever again, and since then many, many got kicked out of my overflowing bookshelves.
But then again, diaries are not just books.
Have you ever considered minimalism? I’d love to hear about your journey!