Getting rid of excess “stuff” is simply one aspect of Minimalism (which is different for everyone). The idea is to eliminate the ideas, possessions, relationships, and activities that don’t really enhance your life or bring value to it. It’s about de-cluttering your space and mind, simplifying and not living with the obsession of “needing” more.
That being said, there is nothing inherently wrong with having things, but Minimalism is a tool that can help you live more freely, with less fear, stress, guilt and restrictions. We can end up putting our passions, health, growth, relationships, free-time, and our desires to help others on the back burner because of our concern for our “things”. Ya know? I mean, that is just not good!
Which Place(s) Can You Declutter?
- A desk full of pens, papers, old supplies, receipts
- A hall closet full of unused linens, mismatched towels, and toiletries that haven’t been used in years
- A junk drawer with old electronics, cords, games
- A cupboard full of untouched kitchen ware, food, or supplies
- Boxes in your garage or basement full of old music, books, clothes, magazines or athletic gear you don’t use
- A trunk or car space full of old paperwork, trash, or clutter
I like the idea that I could easily get rid of 3 pieces of furniture and the rest of my belongings would fit in my car. If the things I currently have, go bad or get old, I’ll simply replace them but I do not want any “extra” in my life, in my closets, under my bed, in my car, or in my cupboards and I continue to simplify and reduce.
I own “very, very little” in comparison to most others, but I’m still working on living a more Minimalist Life. I’m drawn to it, and it helps me feel more free and alive. I have a lot more time to do help others, hang out with people I love, do what I’m passionate about, travel, create, relax, and pursue my goals.
- Start slowly, and begin trying to get rid of a few things each week and see how you feel living without them.
- Begin by making a list of the things you know you want to keep.
- Think about the other people who may be able to benefit from, or use what you currently don’t. Think of new families who could use what you have, or people living on the streets that would love to have something you are holding on to
- Donate or trash things each week and continue to challenge yourself to think about what’s really necessary, purposeful, or helpful.
- Try to get rid of a bag of “stuff” from each area (kitchen, car, bathroom, closet, bedroom, bathroom, office) for the next 7-10 days. Donate the good stuff, trash the trash.
What are your thoughts on Minimalism? What are a few things that you know you could get rid of today?