Minimalism has been a heading on my blog since starting, but past stating my desire to live a more minimal life, I’ve never really fleshed this out. Here is a very short description and an introduction to a challenge I am taking part in for the month of November.
Minimalism to me is a way of living which I crave to experience. I hate stuff. I frequently bemoan my owning of much stuff. However, contrary to this, I have lots of stuff. And when I say lots, I mean lots! My house is jam packed. Not in a hoarder style way, but in a family, slightly overcrowded way.
This stuff, as opposed to making me feel calm and happy actually makes me feel the complete opposite. It is impossible to organise. I am what I would consider an organised person, but when you have too much stuff it is impossible for everything you own to have it’s own special location.
Above and beyond the stuff, I am pretty anti-consumerism. Don’t get me wrong, I am a consumer, I do buy things, but I really try to only buy what I need. I don’t get excited for a new phone, tv, car, makeup, anything like this (apart from fitbit’s, I actually love fitbit’s, although I have a mid range model as opposed to top end). I prefer to buy only what is necessary.
Another aspect of minimalism I am interested in but have never really managed to get far enough too is the minimising and simplification of life itself. I crave this, and truly wish to work towards it. There is just so much stuff (hah) in the way!
Anyway, the purpose of this post is getting lost. I listened to the Rich Roll Podcast today featuring Joshua Fields Millburn from The Minimalists . I have visited this website previously, and along with Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist and Leo Babauta and ZenHabits, my interest in minimalism and a minimalist life is at an all time high.
The minimalism game was mentioned in the podcast and after some reading I have decided to take part for the month of November. The concept is simple. Day 1, you get rid of one thing, day 2 you get rid of two, day 3 three and so on. Eventually, on day 30 you get rid of 30 things. All together I believe this is around 500 items. This isn’t enough for me I’m afraid. After hearing in the podcast the average family has 300,000 items, I believe we must be near, or even above this. So, for the first ten days at least I am taking it a little further.
For day 1 – 10 I am splitting my home into three areas, bedrooms, hall/bathroom/large cupboards and living room/kitchen/dining room. I will get rid of items from each of these rooms, ultimately getting rid of 10 items from each on day 10. Then, I expect to drop down to 11 from the entire house, and from day 11 to 30 this will continue. I am going to really give it my best as my house get’s me down! I love it being clean but in all honesty I spend too many hours tidying, never really cleaning enough and stressing out about it. Plus, this stuff, I never even lay eyes on most of it, it is hidden, just, spilling out from cupboards, annoying me.
It would be great to have someone to do this with, however in reality I don’t actually know anyone who would join in! So, I will be doing this via instagram. I will photograph the items I get rid of. Most days these may be small, but small and steady wins the race. Occasionally they may be better, I already have a few things in mind!