2016 was a huge year for me in terms of discovering what material items I felt were no longer important or essential for me. I have grown so much from this journey so far, especially because I moved out of my parent’s home and into my own home. I didn’t want to have a cluttered or disorganized home; I wanted my home to be a space that was calming, relaxing, and simple.
Why I chose Minimalism:
1| I felt less anxious
For those who don’t know, I have struggled with anxiety and OCD for several years. When I removed unnecessary clutter and items from my life, I felt my anxiety decrease significantly. The fewer items I owned, the less I had to clean, wash, sort and organize. Needless to say, it has helped me SO much!
2| It brought me joy
I went into this minimalism journey with one concept it mind: if the item didn’t bring me happiness, there was no need to keep it in my life. More than 90 percent of the things I got rid of were simply because they were things I didn’t love. This is the best mindset to have when beginning your journey.
3| It gave me perspective
It can be difficult to focus on the bigger things in life, but minimalism helped me to understand there is more to life than owning an article of clothing in every color. Or, making sure you’re saving a handbag or belt for an occasion that may never come up again. There’s more to life than things. Life should be about adventure and experiences.
With these concepts in mind, I knew minimalism was something that would help me achieve the lifestyle and space I craved. So, I began with my own items in my room. I sat in a mountain of clothes taller than my nightstand, and felt the negative impact of having stuff I didn’t love. But I also knew that getting rid of things was going to be difficult, so I promised myself to take the process slow. There was no need to rush.
Over the course of a month, I removed more than 60 percent of my clothes, jewelry, accessories and shoes. I felt incredibly relieved—but I was itching to keep getting rid of things. Here is how I was able to declutter my closet.
There becomes a point in your minimalism journey where you become addicted to the process. Every week, I would find myself going through my closet to find another item (or 10) to donate, sell or toss. By summer, I truly felt blissful with where I was in my minimalism journey.
Throughout summer and fall, I craved a desire for adopting minimalism and simplicity even further in my life. I began to simplify my routine and practice mindfulness more and more. I began practicing conscious shopping and truly monitored my shopping habits to become more aware of what was necessary and unnecessary. I also focused on my daily routine and leading a minimalist lifestyle.
Now, I am almost a year into my minimalism journey, and although I am still learning throughout the process, I am very satisfied with where I am with my journey right now. I think it’s important to appreciate every step in the journey. I know 2017 will be another year filled with progressing on my minimalism journey, and I hope to document more of this journey along the way!
If you’re new to minimalism, what has been the best part of your journey so far? If you’re a veteran minimalist, what tips would you share with those who are new to the process or considering becoming a minimalist? Make sure to share in the comments below!