Minimalism is NOT a competition to see who has the least amount of stuff. It’s not about seeing how much stuff you can get rid of just for the sake of getting rid of stuff. The goal is not to have an empty house. The goal is not to throw away every single thing you own for the sake of being called a “minimalist”. It is not a requirement for all of your clothing and furniture to be solid black, white, grey, or any other neutral colors like this…
Minimalism, in my opinion, is about much more than that. I believe that your house can look just like this, as long as it’s filled with the things you absolutely love and/or the things that you utilize in your everyday life. As long as your belongings have a purpose and add value to your life somehow, its okay. Those are the things that add character and allow your house to be a true representation of who you are and what you love.
On top of that, minimalism is not designed to depress you, make you feel lonely, or make it appear that you’re poor and can’t afford a lot of clothes. It is supposed to be a freeing experience, allowing you fully enjoy the moment you’re in. It’s supposed to help you remove the unnecessary things that distract you from all of life’s natural joys and focus on those precious moments with the people you love. Spend your money on quality clothes that you love and will last you longer than something from Forever 21(quality over quantity). It’s supposed to give you that “leisure time” that you’re constantly looking for in your day after your 9-5 job to do that hobby that you keep saying you’ll get to “tomorrow”. Depending on your lifestyle, it could make traveling and packing a suitcase a lot easier too.
Minimalism is not just for single young adults, it could be for anyone! Even for the typical family of 4 or more…
We don’t expect you to throw away your homemade “I love you Mommy and Daddy” cards because they “take up space”. Just don’t stuff them in a drawer or box, never to be seen again. If it means something to you, don’t be ashamed to show it off! Put it on the refrigerator or make a special art wall for your kids so that everyone gets to acknowledge them everyday.
All I’m saying is to make use of all of the things that you decide to keep:
- If it adds value to your life, keep it.
- If it makes you smile every time you see it, keep it
- If it reminds you of an amazing time in your life, without making you feel bad about where you are now, keep it.
- If it serves a purpose in your everyday life, keep it.
- It it has a negative memory attached to it, let it go.
- If it makes you feel bad about where you are in your life right now, let it go.
- If you’ve been keeping it “just in case” for something that most likely won’t happen, let it go.
- If you’ve been saying you’ll use it one of these days and still haven’t touched it (ex. a fancy dress,uncomfortable high heels, or even an old painting that you still haven’t hung), let it go.
- If a family member or friend gave you a gift that you absolutely hate and will never use, you are not obligated to keep it. I know this one is hard, but if you’re getting no use out of the item and it’s been collecting dust but you think you’ll feel guilty if you throw it out, you are better off donating to someone who will love it and get pretty good use from it. That way, at least it’s not a complete waste of money….. let it go.
I am so tempted to sing Frozen’s “Let It Go” right now….that song is actually perfect for what I’m trying to say. Hmmm, I guess I’ll insert some inspirational quotes from the song now…
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
I don’t care
What they’re going to say
It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all!
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!
I’m never going back,
The past is in the past!
Okay you guys, I’m done. I just thought I should clear some of those things up and explain my view on all of them. Thanks for reading & I’ll see you in my next post! 🙂