I am taking over day 15 on the blog! The things I let go of today were not taking up a lot of space and I did use them occasionally but I felt they could bring someone else more joy/use than I am getting out of them. Turns out I was right! I already had someone ask me for some of these items. Also, I was holding onto some things just in case one day I needed them. It’s time to let go and clear the clutter from every aspect of our lives!
Along with my thirteen items I’m discarding from my life during our minimalist game, I’d like to share one of my recent experiences with minimalism. Since we’ve discarded, sold, or donated even a small portion of our junk from our house, I’ve noticed I have more time; more time with my family, more time to create, more time to be creative. I actually picked up my electric guitar for the first time in quite a while. I played along with some of my favorite songs for about an hour this past weekend. Without the clutter of random things in every room of our home, it’s easy to finally see the things we used to enjoy.
Today, I’m discarding some prototyping boards, and a few 3D prints I no longer use.
At this point of my minimalist journey I realized anyone can benefit from minimalism. At the beginning of march my husband and I began the minimalist game. Since then I’ve had many friends and coworkers ask what exactly I’m doing. I’m glad they have been inspired but I want them to know I am doing more than getting rid of things.
Here are 5 benefits I have received from minimalism and I think can help anyone:
- Minimalism changed the way I think of stuff. You know that really unhealthy way we value things. The hours we spend working to buy stuff that we won’t need in a few years maybe even months. I want my home to be filled with things that I use and that bring my life value.
- Minimalism changed the way I think about money. I have always heard that debt was bad but then I grew up and realized you can’t do anything without credit. To me that meant I need to buy things on credit to build my credit. Now I am working to pay off my debt so I can not be hindered to do things that add value to my life.
- Minimalism changed the way I dress. I was one of those people who had heaps of clothes. My closet and dresser was full of clothing I would look past unless I needed to do laundry and was forced to wear it. Now I have clothes I feel good wearing and my laundry load is way less. (I have recently started project 333 and will post about it soon)
- Minimalism changed the way I think about relationships. Have you ever went out for coffee with a friend and all you could think of was how much you have to do at home? That was me. I had laundry, cooking, and cleaning on my list and wouldn’t enjoy the time with a friend. Since minimalism came into my life I am working to value relationships and spend time with people getting to know them.
- Minimalism changed the way I think about time. Time is valuable. We only have a certain amount of time on this earth. Our choices we make determine what we will be doing with that time. Do you want to spend all your time working for “stuff”?
Minimalism changed the way I use my phone! (Still working on this) I do not want to miss out on my life because my face is stuck in my phone.
I’m trying to be honest with myself about crafts. Sometimes things just don’t work out. While a good portion of my day thirteen items are things I’ve created on my 3D printer, I’m still trying to let them go. They weren’t failed 3D prints by any means. For instance, the gun holster I printed in lime green (pictured below) was actually a great print and a huge success. However, I didn’t actually end up using it. Along with the other things I tried tinkering with. Things are things. Weather I bought them or made them. They are taking up space and no longer add any value to my life. When you sit down and actually think about the item your holding in your hand, you can ask your self, am I going to use this in the next 90 days? Have I used this in the past 90 days? Does this thing bring me joy? Does it add value to my life? After you’ve put your things through this mental flow chart, you can start letting go of things easier.
That age old question “if your house were to be on fire, what is one thing you’d get before running out?” Maybe a box of photo albums, your passport, or your computer? For me, I’d get our German shepherd, lemon meringue. (Pictured below). However, it’s really unlikely that I’d get any sort of material possession. The minimalists, Josh and Ryan, talked about this exact subject in a recent podcast. Often times we give too much value to our trinkets. In reality, things are just things. They can be replaced if you truly need them. If my house were to burn to the ground, sure it would be an inconvenience, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. We are not our stuff.
Ten items leave our house today. Clothing items I no longer wear and a few odds and ends I find hiding in drawers and closets. It seems like I’m finding a lot of stuff I kept “just because” or because it was useful at some point but it isn’t now.
“We must be responsible about the new bits and pieces we bring into our lives today, and we must be equally sensible when those things become obsolete. A willingness to let go is life’s most mature virtue.” – the minimalists