Why Minimalism?

Minimalism is hardly a new concept. Having had an interest in minimalism for some time, I’ve noticed that there are many ways to interpret “minimalism”. Some people look at it as having a life that is as minimal as possible. Where they have less than 100 items in their home, a very small wardrobe, and very few belongings. I view minimalism a bit differently. I feel minimalism as a way to simplify, declutter, and condense ones life. I want to do this because I feel that holding onto so many things is not what makes me happy. Also, clutter causes me anxiety which creates an unhappy environment. So, I embark on this journey to a happier life. 

I’ve recently started transforming my home to make it more minimal and noticed it creates a much calmer and less stressful environment. The last project we worked on was our bedroom closet. We decided to go through everything and get rid of as much as possible. We did our best to follow the 90/90 rule of The Minimalists. Simply put, if you haven’t used it in the last 90 days and you don’t plan to use it in the next 90 days, get rid of it. That might be throwing it away or donating it. This was hard for me because I’m a person of intermittent hobbies. I have a tendency pick up a hobby for a while, then stop and come back to it after sometime. The problem is, this “sometime”, can be more than a year. So, I told myself that was enough. With everything we pulled out of the closet, I asked myself if it brought me joy. If it didn’t bring me great joy, I didn’t keep it. This helped but was also scary. I got rid of things that brought me great joy at one time but no longer did in the present. Leaving these things behind gave me great relief and brought a sense of calm in my life.

I plan to slowly simplify my life much more and plan to bring you all along on the ride. The great thing about minimalism is that there’s no right way to do it. You can have no things, you can have plenty of things. It’s entirely up to you how you want to embark on such a journey. My plan is to only keep things that bring me, or members of my family great joy.

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