When I first started decluttering, I hadn’t really learned much about what it meant to be a minimalist. All I knew was that I was tired of owning clothes that didn’t fit right or that I never wore. I started slowly working my way through my wardrobe and getting rid of pieces were uncomfortable, didn’t fit me well, or that I no longer liked.
It’s been a few months since then, and I’ve found a lot of inspiration throughout my process by watching YouTube videos or reading blog posts from people who are on a similar journey. Looking into how others are decluttering has not only kept me motivated but has led me to understand how many different kinds of minimalists are out there.
The great thing I’ve found about minimalism is that there aren’t really any set rules about how much to own or get rid of. Each person makes that decision for him or herself. There are so many ways to interpret minimalism, so there really is no reason to box that term in and assume it only applies to one type of specific lifestyle.
Minimalism is about intentional living and conscious consumership. Instead of buying new things to fill some sort of void, minimalists think through their purchases more carefully. They work to declutter the spaces around them so they have more time and space to figure out what truly matters to them.
During this process, people end up finding out different things about themselves. I started to realize that there were a lot of things I owned that I could live without. Not only that, but there were a lot of things I was willing to get rid of right away. Just because I’m done using something doesn’t mean someone else can’t benefit or won’t appreciate it. So I’ve given pieces of clothing to family members or friends and passed stuffed animals on to new owners.
While I have gotten rid of quite a bit during this time, I’ve also decided to do so slowly. At the same time, I’ve gotten rid of over half my wardrobe, a ton of books, and other miscellaneous items. And I feel really good about it. Were I to move away tomorrow, I wouldn’t be able to pack everything up and take it with me in one suitcase, but I would be pretty sure that just about everything in my possession was truly important to me.
That’s the thing about the journey towards minimalism. It’s an ongoing process. I know it’s been that way for me, at least. I’ve changed throughout the process, and my point of view has shifted. In time, especially if my living situation changes, that will likely mean that I’ll get rid of even more of my belongings, such as clothes or furniture. For now, though, I’ll continue to slowly decluttering my living space.
If you’re a striving minimalist trying to figure out what to get rid of and how much to get rid of, keep in mind that you don’t have to get rid of things that bring joy into your life. If you have hobbies that require some supplies, feel free to hold onto those. Just don’t add more until necessary. Be thoughtful about new items you bring into your home. But don’t let others put you down if you’re not viewed as the ideal minimalist.
You decide what form of minimalism is ideal for you. Don’t forget that while you’re choosing in which ways to declutter your life.