If you know me, you know I like stuff. I get a thrill from online shopping, going to the mall, and simply picking up something that someone doesn’t want anymore. I have kept every single one of little T’s old clothes even though I hate about half of them. Our room is filled within weeks every time I clear it out. Sure, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, I am a little cluttered but not a hoarder. I think many people relate. However, lately I feel like I am suffocating and these things simply don’t make me as happy as they use to.
With my last clean out I noticed myself feeling less agitated and simply happier. Almost… airy. I discussed minimalism for months with a longing tone. I often found myself saying, “I wish I could do that” in reference to a minimal life. Before I continue, you have to know something about me. I get overwhelmed easily. Anytime I have thrown myself into something (a diet, trend, etc.), I find myself backing out quicker than I jumped in. Emerging myself in something foreign and un-known and thriving that way is just not who I am. Slow and sure steps are what have gotten me to the finish line every single time. I have to laugh that I didn’t realize this sooner!
People who have found happiness in a minimal life often talk about having found themselves as well. I believe that is a journey you are on your whole life because you are ever changing but that does not mean that certain things can put you one step ahead.
I plan to share my slow and sure steps to a minimal life because I am sure that there are others who feel the same way I do. It can feel overwhelming! I’ve done it before but I am doing it again because this may possibly the most important first step: cleaning out my closet.
It’s not a metaphor, I mean literally clean out your closet. You hear about minimal wardrobes all the time. To me they look empowering! I cannot even begin to tell you how much stress simply getting dressed in the morning brings. A closet or drawer full of clothes and you only wear a third of them. But finding that third is so difficult due to all the others hanging around. We hold onto unworn clothes for many reasons. They were a gift, you wore them to a special event, a memory or person is tied to them, you will wear them again when you lose x amount of pounds. I get it. I have been there. Every time I clean out my closet there are a handful of unworn clothes I hang onto. Even the last time when I SWORE I got rid of all of them. Emotional attachment to clothing is something we probably all struggle with. Often times these clothes bring on nostalgic or sad feelings. We don’t need that!
If you crave minimalism but don’t know where to start because it can be so overwhelming, join me! You look through Pinterest every day at those beautiful clean and clear spaces and want it, right? I am right along with you. Clean out your closet this week! You will be amazed at how free you feel after and I think it will just keep getting better from there!
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Read Part Two here.