People are scared of the word minimalism. They often reply "I love having stuff". It's a lot more than having more or less stuff. We feel so threatened when we have to give up or share our toys.
For years, I had been stuffing our apartment with tons of things and complaining that we didn't have enough space. I hated our place. One day, my fiancé told me of an article about living with a 100 things or less. When he brought that article up, I was surprisingly not taken aback. The lightbulb turned on. It was on a dimmer, but the seed was planted. You don't need more space, you need less stuff. Ah!
I started organizing old drawings, pictures, and paper. I realized how much drawing supplies I had. I got rid of a lot of that. I did a raid in my kitchen as well. Over the next few months, I took a lot of stuff out.
I let that idea sit and simmer for a few more months. Then, I renewed with the idea and researched it in depth. I read Joshua Becker's blog, Becoming a Minimalist. I went back to a lot of the stuff I had already cleaned up and realized I was still clinging to a lot of it. So I did a second pass... and a third one... and a fourth one.
As you go through your stuff and take the decision of getting rid of it, your mindset starts to change. It became really fun for me to see how little I could keep and how well I could optimize what I had. Pinterest was a great inspiration. I love my new night table made out of two wooden boxes and a hand made crochet placemat.
I got rid of the computer desk, the filling cabinet, the big bureau, and so much more. I started by putting them in the locker in case I would need them later. After a few weeks, I realized it wasn't the case and brought it all to the donation center.
Now that mindset is migrating into my finances, travels, emotion management, and health. You can read more about minimalism and travel here: Handling Finances while Traveling - Part 4.
Cutting all the expenses that aren't needed allows me to have more money for savings, travel, and a life coach. I create abundance in my life with minimalism.
I'm not restricting myself. I'm decluttering my life from excess and useless stuff, emotional as well as physical.
I'm currently reading Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I'm "sharpening the saw" as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People book would suggest. I highly recommend both books.
What are your views or questions on minimalism? Share them in the Comments section below.
Who Am I? I'm many things. I'm passionate about tons of stuff. I love travel. I love self-improvement. I'm a sucker for optimization, efficiency, and minimalism. I renewed with mathematics and science, those are so amazing. Astronomy and chemistry are just plain awesome! I'm a student, a mentor, a traveler, a learner, an artist, an animator, and Disney brings me tears of joy! I love to grow and I will never stop! So who am I? All that and everything else I have not discovered about myself yet. It's a never ending answer!
Qui suis je? Je suis beaucoup de choses. Je suis passionné des tonnes de trucs. J'adore voyager. J'adore la croissance personnelle. Je suis vendue à l'optimisation, l'efficacité et le minimalisme. J'ai renoué avec les mathématiques et les sciences, des mondes tout simplement incroyable. L'astronomie et la chimie sont tout simplement génial! Je suis étudiante, mentor, voyageuse, artiste, animatrice et Disney m'apporte des larmes de joie! J'aime me pousser à fond et je ne cesserai jamais! Alors, qui suis-je? Tout cela et tout le reste que je n'ai pas encore découvert de moi-même. C'est une réponse sans fin!