First off, this is my first ever blog post (Yay me!) so bear with me if I ramble…
If you have never heard of minimalism or you have heard of it but do not know much about it, your first thought might be “Does that involve throwing out almost everything I own?” Not at all! Minimalism (as defined by two of my favourite minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who really got me into the whole idea) “is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things—which actually aren’t things at all.”
Ryan and Joshua are fabulous speakers and put out a documentary movie completely on minimalism. You can check them out more here: https://www.theminimalists.com/lml/
Minimalism, to me, is a conscious practice of downsizing the things you really do not need so you can figure out what is most important to you. You do not just become a minimalist overnight. Purging your things and really getting to the roots of what things bring your life value in some way can take a lot of time. Our society has brainwashed us into believing we need to buy this, and oh we need this next thing because it is newer and therefore must be better for us. We end up collecting so many things throughout our lives and yet many of us still feel we are missing something. Quite often this makes us buy more stuff, just to make us feel better for a few moments. What happens to all of this stuff? It clutters up your house, it takes space in your room, or maybe it fills entire closets. Do we really need all this stuff? Does it make you feel better? Or does it just make your anxiety worse?
Living as a minimalist does not require you to throw away all of your possessions. I find it is a way to make me more conscious about what I have and about what I am buying. I do a yearly closet clean out where I go through everything I have and if I haven’t worn something at all in the last year I donate it. It is a lengthy process and at the end of it all I always feel better, it feels like a shedding of weight. I find the more space I have in my closet the more relaxed I feel. The less time I have to put into figuring out what I want to wear. The more time I can spend doing the things I love like creating!
If de-cluttering and prioritizing what is important in your life sounds like something that you want and would like to work towards then starting some minimalist practices might help you! There are many different ways to go about being a minimalist. I will be putting out monthly blog posts on varying topics to do with minimalism and how I go about it on a day-to-day basis. Ultimately minimalism is mostly defined by the individual as everyone has different wants and likes different things. I am just here to hopefully give you a little nudge in a direction that may help you in some way!