Only a few months ago, my home was filled with things, things that I somehow collected obsessively over the years; sentimental items, makeup that was expired but I liked the packaging, a huge wardrobe full of clothes, accessories and shoes! I believed that if I had an amalgam of things, my life would be easier, I owned everything I needed to reach a comfortable life. It wasn’t so.
Instead, it would be difficult for me to find what to wear, to focus on something that I really liked, to find an empty space to place some flowers if I wanted to. I would clean up for hours, only to have the place seem post-war after two days! This was until I stumbled upon some pictures online of a home that was practically empty in my opinion, but was so peaceful.
It was then and there that I thought, how could my home look like that? Would I have to get rid of everything I own? Wouldn’t that be a waste? I paid, sometimes more than I should have for some of those items…
In a quest to find out more about these simple aesthetics, I stumbled upon a film… “Minimalism – A Documentary About The Important Things”. If you haven’t seen this yet, I strongly urge you to take the time and watch it. It changed my view on things and I believe it will also change yours.
I threw out more than half my possessions when I moved. What seemed like a waste to throw out, I stuffed around 10 black bin liners with it and gave it away. It felt quite crazy in the beginning but I was shocked to see how contempt I felt. I knew then that it was the right thing to do!
“We all want to be happy. Minimalists search for happiness not through things, but through life itself; thus, it’s up to you to determine what is necessary and what is superfluous in your life.”
As many of you know, I decluttered everything I could think of and as I would let go of something, I would feel more happy and weightless. Everything that I had researched was true, minimalism wasn’t just about getting rid of stuff, it was about regaining control of your life. Everything I bring into my life now, is what brings it value and meaning, either that is sentimental or materialistic. I use every little piece of clothing, makeup or utensils I own. Since my home hosts less, I am at ease to focus on other aspects of my life.
Minimalism taught me to appreciate the little things in life, the things that are truly important and make me happy. All other trinkets are there to help me achieve that, and it’s up to each of us to decide what those are.