Last Sunday, I sat down with my journal and a cup of coffee to write down my goals for next week. While I started scribbling a few things on the notepad, I started thinking about my minimalism journey, and how I came to love minimalism.
Minimalism is a word that gets difficult to say if you say it too many times – as it’s becoming a bit of a fad right now. When you hear this word – you probably think of aesthetic minimalism; white room with white walls, 1 chair and maybe a plant.
That’s not how I see it really. I can’t live like that. So, I don’t associate myself with that kind of minimalism. Don’t get me wrong, I draw a lot of inspiration from that type of minimalism but it could never be me.
Minimalism for me starts with simplifying and decluttering. Once you remove everything, you start to understand yourself better, understand your values.
For the last 2.5 years, minimalism has been a huge part of my life. I see minimalism as a mindset. It encompasses emotions, relationships, friendships, commitments, work, basically everything. I’ve looked at every aspect of my life and tried to apply this mindset on to it. And guess what? It took so much pressure away from it.
Last summer, I decluttered everything I could think of – my wardrobe, social commitments, work-life. I resigned from the job that didn’t make me happy anymore and spent 3 months enjoying quality time with my family, friends and myself. It helped to understand myself better, understand my values, what I want out my next job etc.
Living in London, you accumulate relationships and acquaintances faster than you do clothes. It becomes overwhelming.
I’m someone who loves spending time on my own, it’s the time for me to recuperate my energy, organize my mind and soul.
I’m also someone who values quality relationships over quantity, the relationships that add value to your life, make you a better person, uplift you. There are too many people around who want to hang out with you on Friday nights, but are they really there for you on Monday night when you’re feeling low? You get what I mean.
While having time off last summer, I’ve also had plenty of time in my hands to review and declutter my relationships and say no to things that don’t make me happy.
I felt calmer and more in control of my life. Life, in general, began to feel more straight – forward. Simple things like having less clothes made the process of getting dressed less stressful. I found myself with more time simply because I now have less.
If you’re interested in simplifying life a little, here’s a simple guide on how to start decluttering your mind, time and home
I’ll continue to post on my adventures in minimalism as the time goes on.
I hope you find living minimally as freeing as I have.