Before minimalist living I’d buy stuff just to have it.
Good stuff, but just a bunch of stuff that didn’t really bring true value into my life. I’d buy things to feel better about myself and to feel good about the fact that I can simply buy pretty things. It sounds shallow because it is. I didn’t realize how much of a slight hoarder I became until I moved out of my first pad that I rented out from a friend with my sister. When it came time to move it was stressful. The other stressful part? Moving stuff into my new place that I knew really had no place in my life. Stacks and stacks clothes. A bunch of jewelry I never wore. Boxes of unused shoes. You get the idea. Minimalist living made its introduction at this very moment.
How I reduced the amount of belongings I had
I literally used the corners of my room to get organized. Each corner had one purpose- to help me organize what I’m dumping, what I’m keeping, and what I’m giving away (or donating). The more and more I separated the items the less stressed I became. What really surprised me is the amount of stuff I was actually willing to let go. It was probably a good 60-70% of the things I owned. The things I kept were things I used all of the time or that had sentimental value to it. My pile of things I was keeping was small, and I enjoyed it. Everything that I really love and brings me happiness in one place.
Minimalism is a state of mind
To me at least.. Some people are hard core minimalists. They probably have a suitcase or two of all of their personal belongings. I could be wrong, but I think this is the minimalism that intimidates people in our consumerist society. Other people view minimalism as only having or buying things they will consume and use often. This is where I fall for the most part. It is more of a spectrum than a standard. Today, most of the things I own are used everyday. My wardrobe consists of only essentials that can be easily mixed and matched with each other to create dozens of cute outfits. Some people call this a capsule wardrobe. I just call it a wardrobe.
The same minimalist living is applied to the furnishings of my apartment. I have very little furniture and love everything that I do have. Most importantly, I used everything. I have enough to accommodate my needs such as a writing corner, with a desk and a few drawers, a book shelf for my collection of books that I love, a small dining table and a minimal bed frame and nightstand so on and so forth. Many people who have visited my apartment immediately notice how open and spacious everything is.
I love that my home is almost like a museum of my most cherished items.
Every room is bright and open. Very much like an art gallery. Because all of my belongings are things I use often and are not surrounded with clutter, I can’t help but to look around and enjoy the view. Everything in my home (well, most of it) is a cherished item that brings value to my life. This kind of living isn’t for everyone, but it is perfect for my husband and I.
I’d rather seek enjoyment in the outside world, not through consumerism and clutter inside of my home.
One of the biggest benefits is being able to move swiftly when it is time to move. I am happy to move my belongings (unlike the first time I move out of my first place) because everything I am bringing with me is valuable to me and has utility. It’s a pretty awesome way to live and makes moving so much easier!
There are exceptions to minimalist living
For me, at least… I enjoy minimalism as best as I can. It is a lifestyle that brings me positivity and clarity. However, there are some areas that I struggle to be a minimalist in. I have so much makeup and skincare products that I’m probably never going to use it all before it expires. I can’t help it! Part of it is due to blogging about beauty and being a beauty enthusiast overall. I am always looking for new products to try and it is easy to walk out of target or Sephora with a few more items than I intended to buy. I don’t beat myself up over this, though. I am pretty happy with the balance I have found with this lifestyle. After all, life is really a balancing act and enjoying guilty pleasures in small amounts!
Are you a minimalist? How do you define minimalism?