I have hoarder tendencies. I hang on materialistic things for too long because of sentimental value, it’s still in good condition though I never use it or even like it, or I hang on to the thought that maybe someday I’ll want or need it for some obscure event. No, it’s not so bad I have to climb over broken computers and bags of garbage in my hallway, but my closet is overflowing with clothes, I have tons of trinkets on every surface (“for decoration”), too many DVDs that literally have never been watched and just too much stuff in general. And my virtual/electronic clutter is just as bad.
The more I hear about minimalism, the more it appeals to me.
The biggest argument that’s stuck with me is this: The more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to clean.
I also tend to believe the other argument that physical clutter can contribute to mental clutter. The more things you have, the more things you have to worry about. More than that, the more you clean and worry about things, the less time and energy you have to put into relationships, family, friends, hobbies and fun.
Why do we let material things take such hold over our lives?
Most every time I go to Target, I pick up at least one thing that I don’t really need just because. I’m impulsive and I love a good sale.
This has been weighing on me for awhile, and the more articles and blogs I come across singing the praises of minimalism, the more I think I need to pay attention, the more I feel called to give it a real shot.
Over the past year or so, I have done a few closet purges and donated several bags of stuff to thrift stores, but sadly I’ve hardly even noticed the difference. Those bags were needles in a haystack, and if I hadn’t been the one to remove them, I probably wouldn’t have ever realized what was missing. Which is also sad that I own that much stuff that when bags worth disappears, I can’t even tell.
So this year, I’m adding a new resolution/goal: To declutter as much as I can. With our goal of moving into a house by the summer too, the less we own, the less we have to move, which is appealing in itself. Why move lots of objects from one untouched place of the apartment into a new space where it will continue to sit and collect dust there? That seems silly. In the meantime, I hope to find time to slowly tackle places of the apartment and get rid of things as I come across them, and maybe on a free weekend, do purges and make noticeable progress on ridding the useless stuff from our house, and our lives.
I also can’t help but think of how it would be nice to have fewer belongings so that I can teach my future children that time with people and time spent pursuing passions and really living, matters more than physical possessions.
I know I will never be a true minimalist. I will never be able to stick to a true capsule wardrobe. I don’t have much desire to live in a tiny house. But I’d like to get a lot closer to those ideas.
I could use any tips you all have for helping me achieve these goals. One awesome question I’ve heard you should ask yourself is, ‘If I were shopping right now, would I buy this item’ and if the answer is no, out it goes. Do you know of anything else to help motivate and inspire?