I guess you can call me a ‘wanna-be’ minimalist. I try to live as simply and easily as possible and keep my things down to a minimum based on needs (with some exceptions aka stuffed animals). As a kid, I actually enjoyed getting rid of stuff. Old diaries, clothes, CDs, books, etc. It was like a type of juice cleanse. Minus the juice. Well, you can always drink juice while you are getting rid of things, but we are getting off track now. When I would stuff my clothes into donation bags I would feel a sense of relief. Like a burden was lifted off of me. One, or in this case, 30 less things to worry about. I had never really felt a type of attachment to things. Don’t get me wrong, I get excited when I buy something I need or really want. Like this last November, my fiancé and I purchased a new mattress. I was SO excited to finally get rid of our old one, and couldn’t wait to start getting some quality sleep. I also recently upgraded to a new phone, after my lovely iPhone 4s got some water damage, and I LOVE it. I’m very happy with these things that I got. The distinction is, these things don’t bring eternal happiness. They are something that I’m going to use for a period of time, enjoy, and eventually get rid of. They are just things. Lovely things.
I have come across The Minimalists in the last year, and have enjoyed reading their revelations, life experiences, and the benefits of simple living. Since reading about their journey, I have slowly began donating a couple car loads of extra clothes, jewelry, kitchen things, and books that I haven’t used in a long time, and let me tell you, it has been pretty freeing. SO I want to do a more in depth challenge now. Throughout 3 days I am going to be going through my things and donating stuff that I don’t need or use. Not including the stuffed animal collection and my fiancé’s things, of course. I will be writing about the process each day as I go through my apartment. Do you feel overwhelmed with how much stuff you have? Have to kick things out of your way to get from room to room? (because I do, haha). Take the 3 day minimalist challenge with me and let’s compare experiences!