I found minimalism when I was feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated by the busy consumerist world. I listened to “The Minimalist Podcast” daily for years and learnt how to simplify my life, starting with my “stuff” as a way to find peace. Minimalism became a tool I used to anchor me to what was most important in my life; Family, friends, experiences, and personal growth (to name a few). When my physical space is simple and clutter free, I feel clear headed, inspired and calm. The first step on the path to minimalism is to find out why you need it and what inspires you to let go? Simplifying your life requires a mindset shift. What is truly important? What can be eliminated to allow more time for friends, service, and family?
We all do it; we surround ourselves with material possessions like a security blanket. What are we so afraid of? Facing our fears, our flaws, and our naked, imperfect selves? Why surround yourself with items you don’t truly need to live a meaningful life- items that cost money to get, cost money to maintain. Items that need care, dusting, and decisions. It is time for a new phase in your life, time to let go of all the things that don’t excite you, and don’t inspire you. It can be a positive spiral. The less you keep, the less you realize you need. The less you need, the less you spend. You learn to be content as you are wherever you are, with whatever you have. This is freedom.
How much easier would getting ready in the morning be if you were choosing between 5 outfits that all looked good, fit good and made you feel beautiful? Rather than sifting through 20 outfits that don’t fit right and make you worry about your thighs? Sometimes things that we think make us feel “safe” are really holding us back. Who would you be if you were free in every moment to be the new you?
“Project 333” - Pair your wardrobe down to 33 items and wear only those items for 3 months. See how you feel and if anybody notices
*Definitely next on my to do list*
“30 Day Minimalism Game” - Day one, get ride of one item. Day two, get rid of two items. Day three, get rid of three items. You get the idea. Until the end of the month.
“Packing Party” - A bit extreme.. But pack up everything you own. Unpack only the items you need. At the end of the 30-90 days, donate anything you haven’t unpacked
“Minimalism: A Documentary”
“The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”
Strengthen your minimalism muscles. It gets easier with practice to see your “things” as “things” and not an extension of who you are. You see clearer which things you own are actually useful to you, and actually bring joy and purpose to your life Now. We hold on to things that made us happy 5 years ago but we are not that person anymore. You learn to honor the person you have become.
Strengthening your minimalism muscle allows you to let go not only of old clothes but also old habits and old self perceptions. Letting go allows you to grow
“Minimalism isn’t about removing things you love. It’s about removing the things that distract you from the things you love”-Joshua Becker
“A place for everything, everything in its place"- Benjamin Franklin
Written by Melissa "Minimalissa" Eden - Office Manager, Minimalist