I recently got rid of a lot of unnecessary things in my life, anything ranging from clothes, items, habits, to toxic people. What surprised me was how much relief I got afterwards. Not only did my living space seem much more open and decluttered, I physically felt lighter. It was as if the weight of all the things that no longer served me were dragging me down previously. I realised how much time and money I had been spending on non-essential items. Instead of going on another shopping trip during my free time for no reason other than pleasure, I can save up that money to travel and broaden my horizons. I now use my time more wisely doing things that either contribute to my overall well-being or expand my knowledge.Whilst I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist since I don’t like putting labels on things in general, my values do align with the typical minimalistic lifestyle. I think it is something that everyone can easily incorporate by taking small steps here and there. An obvious one is getting rid of clothes that you no longer where or don’t fit you anymore. The typical way of doing this is to sort your stuff into three piles: yes, no and maybe. Keep the yes pile, donate or sell the no pile, and store away the maybe pile. After a month or two, consider getting rid of anything from the maybe pile that you haven’t had to reach for. I went quite extreme and was rather brutal when it came to deciding whether or not I wanted to keep things. I guess I was so fed up with the clutter that I just wanted it all out of my life.
Having said that, I don’t agree with clearing our possessions out to the extent that some hardcore minimalists do. It’s ok to have your own take on it. For example, I like to buy actual printed books occasionally instead of just reading it on my Kindle. Yes it requires storage space, but I find it easier to have the hardcopy on hand whenever I want to reference back to it for further information. Another example is the crystal collection that I recently started. I have always been intrigued by crystal healing, but was hesitant to get into it because I didn’t want them to become another part of my clutter if I eventually grew tired of it. Thankfully, a friend of mine told me that I’ll never find out whether I’ll stick with it unless I give it a go. Now I’m glad that I did because it really is quite magical. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.
So don’t let the daunting thought of having to live off of two sets of outfits for the rest of your life scare you off. I encourage you to make minimalism fit your lifestyle and not the other way round, because not everyone can survive with under 100 possessions or something ridiculous like that.