Often people focus on the act of getting rid of things when talking about minimalism. While purging is indeed an important part of removing excess and distractions in your surroundings, it’s not the end all be all. In fact, it completely misses the actual reason we decided to become minimalists. [Read more…]
One of the most profound results of minimizing has been a major attitude shift towards the previously mundane. At this point, I’ve donated about 70% of the clothing I used to have and that has caused some very important changes.
I spend a significantly less time doing laundry now.
I used to hate doing laundry because it took a ton of time and energy to do load after load: Sorting, washing, drying, sorting, folding, putting away. It was made worse by the fact that I would never do laundry by choice – only out of necessity at the last possible moment. I had so many clothing options that I didn’t have to do laundry for weeks, sometimes up to a month or more. I’d always wear the clothing I most enjoyed first until they disappeared into the pile of dirty clothes and I’d move on to other clothing I liked less and less. Then at the last possible moment, lacking any reasonable clothing options I had a massive multi-load laundry project to tackle. [Read more…]
Every morning I did the exact same thing upon waking up, at least until recently. Alarm goes off, still half asleep, I groggily spend 20 – 30 minutes in bed checking emails, facebook, twitter and reddit for new posts and notifications. I know that in the past I’ve archived important emails before fully noting an action that needed to be taken from them only to find out later in the day and go full facepalm. [Read more…]
The road to minimalism is not always a short one. It often takes multiple sources of inspiration, learnings and validation to understand why it makes sense to only keep that which is most important to you. There are many blog posts about minimalism, but it can be great to hear people speak passionately about their experiences of getting rid of stuff. Here are three inspirational videos that will help you down the road on your minimalism journey. [Read more…]
The scariest part of minimizing possessions and all kinds of clutter in life is the inevitable long and hard look at everything that remains. What’s left over?