I am starting to dig a little deep to find things. Yet, somehow… it all keeps flowing out of our home easily. Today, I opened a box of things that I considered a hobby (building a micro-computer) while I kept some other things from that same box, I took out the unnecessary items I know I’m not going to use like these tiny motherboards and miscellaneous computer parts.
A year and a half ago I moved out of my parents house into a new home with my husband. 3 days before our wedding I moved all of my clothing into the house. We have a decent size closet and the normal his and hers dressers. My husband, Anthony, had his clothes in 2 drawers of the tall dresser and a small part of the closet. After I was finished putting all my clothes away I have taken up the rest of the closet, the rest of his dresser (3 drawers) and the whole other dresser! At the time I didn’t really care because “hey, I have the room right?” But as time went on I began not having the room. I couldn’t shut drawers, ran out of hangers and there was so many items I hadn’t touched in months. So I did what anyone would do I cleaned out my closet but a few months later I was back to my previous predicament: a lot of clothes and no where to put it.
December 2016 things changed for me. We were bored one night and watched the minimalist documentary. They talked about living a life with less so you can have more. Was my stuff really taking over my life? In a sense, YES, I was constantly reorganizing and going out and buying things to make my life “easier”. The first weekend in January My husband and I combed through my house and piled things up to donate and sell. We donated over 300 items in one day and also sold a few things. My clothes actually fit into one dresser and the closet!
Although our minimalism journey has just begun and if you look at my house you would not say I’m a minimalist, I have changed my mindset on how I think of things. They are just things. I have changed the definition of need in my life. I am letting go of pointless items that are just taking up space and making room for things that add value to our lives.
“We are not our stuff; we are more than our possessions.” -the minimalists
Five items. Today we say goodbye to some just-in-case things ive had around the house. We have two French press containers for some reason, some accessories for my AR-15 that I’ll never use, and another Watch band that I only wore once.
We often hold on to things just in case we need them: We don’t let go because we might need something in some far-off, nonexistent, hypothetical future. We pack too much stuff in the remotest chance we might need something for trips and vacations. – the minimalists.
Four items. Today I say goodbye to the Harry Potter scarf, a box of candy canes (because you know, after Christmas sale), a foregrip I made on my 3D printer for my AR-15, and another pair of sunglasses I’ve collected over the years because I can’t seem to ever remember to take some with me so I just buy a cheap pair on the go.
This experience has shown me, in the past four days, how spontaneous and quick I am to blow money in the heat of the moment. It’s easy to feel a high as you are buying something but it quickly fades almost immediately after the checkout line. Why do we do this to ourselves?
Three items. Two of my items, the air soft pistols, were a complete impulse buy at our local Walmart. I saw the low price and I just had to have them. I fired them a few times but they just laid in our junk drawer for over a year collecting dust. Time for those to go. Similarly, the third item, I thought I just needed that classy looking watch band for my Apple Watch. It turns out I don’t even like the feel of it on my wrist. These items just haunted me every time I looked at them. They reminded me of my spending habits I’m hoping to break by joining in this minimalist movement.