I’ve recently become interested in the minimalistic lifestyle. I’ve known about this kind of lifestyle for quite some time, but it wasn’t until recently that I really started looking into it. I’ve been listening to the podcast by The Minimalists. (It’s on iTunes and Soundcloud, as well a couple other places. You should definitely check it out.) I’ve also been watching a lot of videos on YouTube. Some of my favorite are by Sarah Nourse.
Something I hear a lot as I listen to this podcast and watch these videos is that there are different versions of minimalism. I’ve also heard that it can be a journey. I like this idea that minimalism isn’t one set way of thinking or living.
There’s a lot to minimalism, but I like the way The Minimalists sum it up: “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”
I think this is something I want to work towards. I’m not sure if I’ll get to a place where I own a ten-piece wardrobe and can fit all of my belongings inside one suitcase. That might be a little to much for me. What I do know is that I own a lot of things that are of no benefit to me and that no longer serve me a purpose. This doesn’t mean they can’t serve someone else a purpose, though, so as I get rid of some of my belongings and work towards decluttering, I hope to find the right place for each item.
I’ve always loved cleaning and making my space look more organized. I’m just also incredibly sentimental about pretty much every item I’ve ever owned. Or at least I think I am when it’s time to choose between tossing, donating, selling, or keeping. That’s definitely something I’m working on fixing.
I’ve already sold some books and clothes and thrown away some stuff that could only be classified as junk. I’ll probably continue to do so consistently for the next couple months.
As I take this journey toward a simpler life, I hope that you will join me. I hope to be posting tips and thoughts about my experience along the way as well.