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Why I'm Trying to Be A Minimalist

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I never thought I’d be the one who’d want to try minimalism. When I first heard about Marie Kondo and her book, I thought it was all pretty silly. I didn’t need any less things! I loved all of my things! They all serve a purpose; you know, even if it’s all thrown in my dresser drawers and closet! (To be fair, I did recently read The Magic of Tidying Up in preparation for this, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Though I did glean some of her information that I liked from it!) But after a lot of soul searching and reading and watching a lot about tiny homes (I kind of went through a phase. Will get to that in a couple of paragraphs!), I kind of started to change my tune. I started to think: Do I really need all of these things that I have?

My whole life has been spent wanting things. I always thought things would make me happy. I would obsess over certain items, like a piece of clothing or a knick-knack, and could think of nothing else until I bought it. (I mean, sometimes waiting for something to come in the mail does give you a pretty good high from the anticipation!) And then...I’d lose interest in it when I finally got whatever it was. It was almost like the idea of the object or product really made me happy. But once I got it and reality set it… did it really make me that happy?

For some reason a while back, I started watching those reality shows about tiny homes. I just found them so cute and quaint! (Your own little tiny English cottage you can design in any way you liked! Sorry, that’s my Anglophile side coming out!) I loved the idea of tiny houses being environmentally friendly, as well. Plus, I liked that everything you needed was right in there. It amazed me that people could just have the basics, they all fit perfectly in their little house (no need for an attic, basement, or to rent a storage space!), and still live life in a totally fulfilled way. That made me start thinking about all of my things. Would they all have a purpose in a tiny house? Would I have room for all of them, even? And then the other questions started rolling in: do I really need all of these things? Are they a waste of money and space? And are these things really making me happy?

After reading Julie’s blog, Dark Blue Journal, where she blogs stupendously about minimalism and environmentalism, and also Marion’s wonderful and helpful blog, House of Kesar, where she also blogs about minimalism (she even wrote an ebook about it!), I got pretty inspired. Both blogs talk about how minimalism can help you, not just with your material goods, but with your life. And that makes so much sense to me. You can't do much with a cluttered mind (or at least I can’t!), but what if your space is cluttered or full of useless things? You can’t concentrate and find out what things really mean to you, if you’re so bogged down by all the things. And not just the physical things. The other important things, like who you are, what you want out of life, how you want your life to be. Those are the things I’m really hoping to get a grasp of through minimalism. I want to find a purpose and a way forward to the positive future in my life, and I’m hoping I can gain some insights to that through minimalism.

But I’m also hoping for a few other things I can learn through my minimalism journey:
  • I want to be less cluttered, in material goods and in my own life (and in my head!).
  • I want to be less materialistic and really think about my purchases before I buy them.
  • I also want to be thankful for what I do have and learn about what I can live without.
  • I’m hoping I can save some money by not being so obsessed with things (shiny, shiny things!), and put that money towards where I want to be in life.
  • And lastly, I also want to help the environment and lower my carbon footprint. Thanks to Julie’s blog, I’ve really been taking a better look at how our planet is progressing, and how I can do my part to help keep this beautiful earth healthy for as long as we can.
I love that both Julie and Marion stress in their writings that minimalism isn’t one size fits all. Minimalism is as individual as the person who uses it. Some people swear by having a capsule wardrobe with only X amount of clothing pieces in it. Others are for capsule wardrobes that are sectioned off into all four seasons. Some people are into minimalism for the streamlined efficiency of it, and others really want to help the environment by seriously cutting down on the extra material goods. Either way, people are getting good and positive results from cutting back on material things (and cutting back on unnecessary things in their own lives!), that I really want to see if it can help me, too.

After this experiment, I may turn out to be a minimalist. But I may not. Or I could land somewhere in the middle! (Man, I’m always a “medium” no matter what situation I’m in! Clothes, height, attractiveness. Ugh) Minimalism isn't for everyone, but I want to see if it’s for me, or if at least the principles can help me figure out what things really mean in my life. I’m really hoping I can be at least a tiny bit minimalistic and make some positive changes in my life! I want to have less to live more! (That’s a cute minimalistic saying, right? I feel like I saved that to a Pinterest board one time. Okay, you got me, I totally have a Minimalism Pinterest board now. For inspiration, okay??)

So stay tuned on this blog while I update you on what things I’m going through (wardrobe/clothes, trinkets, jewelry, books and media, digital, and more)- physically and emotionally. I honestly don’t know where this journey is going to take me, or what I’m going to get started on (clothes? Books? Trinkets? Ahhh I don’t know!), but I’m excited to go on this ride and see what happens!

Let me know in the comments about what YOU think of minimalism? Are you a fan or not? Let me know why or if you’ve tried it! I’m curious to see what people think and if you have any tips for me!

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12 comments on "Why I'm Trying to Be A Minimalist"
  1. It's so great that you're giving minimalism a try with such a positive and open minded attitude. Like you, I took the journey to minimalism as that; a journey! Wherever the road takes you, as long as you know what you aim to achieve from it, you'll win and love the outcome of it all. Great read Emily, and good luck. ☺️

    1. Hi Marion! Thank you so much for commenting!! It means so much to me for you to take the time to read my post :) Thank you so much for the lovely and positive advice! I'm not sure where the journey is going to take me, but I'm excited to try it. Thank you again for letting me read your book; it really inspired me and I'll be looking back at it while I'm going through my things! <3

  2. Great post! I've also been downsizing. I don't actually have much stuff, but I still want less. Pinned ;-)

    1. Hi Tanya! Aww thank you! I'm the same way. I don't have that much stuff, but I'd still love to streamline what I have and focus on what I do and don't need :) And thank you!! You're the sweetest and most supportive person ever! <3 <3 <3

  3. Throughout this lockdown I've pretty much went through every room an thrown a load of stuff out. Before I moved into my first house I genuinely feel like I was a hoarder compared to now aha

    1. Hi Michelle! Ooh I love that! I mean, we have the time, so why not?? Good for you! I totally get that! I wonder how I feel after I officially declutter things!! ;) Thank you so much for reading and your lovely comment!

  4. To be honest, I don't even have a clue where I would start if I went down a minimalist path! Do you have any good book recommendations? I'm certainly willing to look into it! :)

    1. Hi there! I would definitely check out Marion's book The Skillful Minimalist on Amazon, or Marie Kondo's The Magic of Tidying Up, just to get an idea of what minimalism is and how some people go about it. I think you can use almost any technique for minimalism! It all depends on what you want to do! I've heard of some people getting rid of one thing per day, so at the end of the year you've thrown out 365 things. Or some people just declutter one room at a time! There's tons of different techniques out there, so I'd research them and find out which one works best for you. Good luck!! <3

  5. I hope you'll enjoy the process! It's funny you mentioned how you'd obsessed over an object and not be able to think about anything else until you got it. Because that's how I was! Sometimes I still do that, like when I was looking for a phone. So yup, you'll still get to enjoy the high from shopping even if you become a minimalist, just not as often. Then again when you put more intention into what you buy, the high lasts longer because you usually end up with a quality item that you really like. Haha sorry, can't help selling minimalism. :p

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog in your post. I think you'll achieve all 5 points you mentioned. I think you've grasped the most important aspects of minimalism! You wrote so clearly about it. I'm looking forward to your updates!

    1. Hi Julie!! Thank you! I'm already enjoying the process a lot! It's actually kind of fun to go through things, see what memories they hold, but then decide if they really mean THAT much to you. The answer is usually no! I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! I can usually talk myself out of wanting to buy some things, but sometimes I just can't. No need to apologize! Please keep touting the benefits of minimalism so I'm reminded of it when something shiny catches my eye! ;)

      Of course! Your blog has been a huge source of inspiration for me on minimalism and sustainability! :) Aww thank you for saying that! I have an update coming up soon so I'm excited to share my progress! <3

  6. I'm also trying to live more minimally and find that it actually helps me de-stress. Especially after a good clear out / decluttering session. Good luck with your journey.
    Kim x

    1. Hi Kim! Oh yay! I'm glad I'm not alone on this journey! And I find it helps me de-stress too! There's just something about giving things away that helps me mentally. Mostly because I know that I'm not using those items, but hopefully they'll make someone's life better :) Aww thank you! And good luck to you on yours!! xoxo


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