When you are through stuffing your closet, organizing your stuff and struggling to keep up with a constant and omnipresent mess, you may have come to the conclusion that you own too much, and chances are you do.
The world is drowning in stuff and not only are we hurting ourselves, our relationships and our fellow land creatures, we are critically harming ocean life with our love of collecting as well.
There is this thing called minimalism, that seems to wink with a lustful eye at some and thoroughly confuse or outright scare the wits out of others. It is a likeable movement all the same, whether we are just flirting with the idea of living with less, or choosing it as a sacred marriage, with emotionally strong values that we dare hold tight to, despite what others may think or say about us.
Minimalism is many things that people expect, and more things that they don’t.
Minimalism is about owning less than you want, yet it is not a numbers game. It is about controlling your desire for more and limiting your perceived wants for new, newer and newest.
Minimalism is about appreciating everything that you own, down to your last sewing needle – the one you use to repair clothes, furniture and bags before they take a tour of the landfill, or are composted if made from sustainable materials. It is about valuing all what is useful, functional and artful.
Minimalism is about different things to different people and since the movement is still in its infancy, we must learn to not scold others for “doing it wrong” as it happens way too often in online groups and forums.
Minimalism reidentifies us who we are as individuals. We don’t all dress the same, enjoy the same hobbies or grow up in similar economic conditions, so our version of less will look quite different to yours. However, if we can all live lighter on the planet, we will all enjoy it more.
Minimalism cannot be quantified. Instead, it can be measured in happiness, joyfulness, cleanliness, adventurousness, lovingness, gratefulness and ever growing consciousness.
When you decide that a minimalist life is the right one for you, you will have to shed off the old bits of your conventional life, reform your former buying habits and release the fear or entering “difficult” situations, outside your comfort zone.
There is no better time than now to make an enormous change and start living a simpler life.
If you are drowning in your own home, buried under the physical and emotional weight of too much stuff, then it is time to come to the realization that the year to unclutter is beginning right now. Grab on to the newness of the year and get started today!
It is time to get rid of the memories that make you unhappy – delete your old emails, toss out bad photos, donate clothes that you once wore somewhere you will never go again.
It is time to embrace the chance to start over.
It is time to clear the physical space in home to make way for a conscious awakening that may fill it when the time is right.
It is time to stop buying things just because the TV advertisers told you so, or the sales sign suggested that Buy 1 Get 1 Free is a better deal than the one thing you needed.
An uncluttered home is a beautiful one. It is the kind you see in pictures, it is the place where families sit around the dinner table and talk about their day without technology in the way.
The dream of your uncluttered home may seem far away, after all there are so many questions to ask, so many new things to learn…
When we started on our journey of becoming minimalists ten years ago, we were nearly on our own, forging our way into the unknown. Now there are plenty of resources available for decluttering and living simply with less – rather they are a testament as to the ever flowing problem of overconsumption.
Make this year, 2017, the year that you stop the flow of unwanted items into your life and home.
Remember, you are in charge!!