Here is the fast scoop on my minimalist journey. Have I arrived yet? No. Actually I do not think I ever will. It truly is a learning lifestyle that I think is on going. Needs change. But I will say it is teaching me to live simpler. Truly I do see with less stuff it can bring my house a balance & myself as well. I do not think minimalism has to be a just ditch everything right now thing but a gradual journey. And truly there is no perfect way to be a minimalist. I am learning to get rid of what I personally do not need and truly learning more about myself of what I actually do need! It has been an adventure for sure.
I will say compared to where I was years ago it is a big improvement. I am a recovering pack rat. Me wanting to finally let go of things that are doing me no good & just taking up space in my home actually helps make more space of course which is a freeing feeling. I LOVE that freeing feeling! My family is not as on this journey as I am and that is ok. But there are times I see my teenager see me de-cluttering and she gets motivated to do the same & this makes me smile. I hope more of my family member's will see my example and learn to let go of more STUFF because they have the pack-rat syndrome too. To much stuff can truly tie a person down & at times bring their mood down too.
Since my last post a while back of doing a capsule wardrobe in the minimalism project, I have downsized clothes & jewelry tiny bit more. BUT I have discovered after this spring's work on that project that I didn't use half of what I kept so I am getting rid of even more very soon. I no longer really seem to have a summer & winter wardrobe. All I have is actually now blended together in my small space & other than the few shorts I seem to use it all year around in a mix & match sorta way depending on the weather. I no longer need a major storage space for the seasons so I guess that is an accomplishment for me & a victory.
I seem to be donating a bag or box of stuff at least once a week sometimes every other week at the moment. This is good towards reaching my simpler life goals. I will put a box or bag in the corner & my goal is to hit a drawer or closet or something & de-clutter that zone for the week then add the giveaways to the bag. At the end of the week I donate it.
In my journey I am learning how to care & store the things I do need, want & keep better than I ever had before in my life. That has been surprising to me. I am learning what truly is of value to me as a person to function in life. When I say this I mean all the way from clothes,makeup crafts, kitchen tools you name it.
I still have many projects to get done on this journey. Like for example...I have boxes of photos waiting to be gone through & the pictures I save put into a book or digitally stored. This journey is forcing me to deal with items I have hung onto for years & years and never took out of the box form 3 moves ago. The list can go on of the projects I am in mist of. Thankfully there is no prefect way to do them all. I simply let life happen and do the projects as I can weave them around life, work & my families needs. That is also freeing in it self. At the start of all this I felt overwhelmed like it all had to be done right now! So happy I woke up to allowing it all to fall into place bit by bit as it should.
Final thoughts.... I am truly enjoying myself on this journey!