‘What do you collect?’ my colleague asked me the other day.
‘Nothing’ I replied.
‘Nothing? Come on, everyone collects something. Coins, travel magnets, something’.
‘I don’t, I really don’t collect anything. The idea of accumulating anything freaks me out. Because I’m a minimalist’ – I said.
Later I thought about this chat and it made me smile. I don’t attach any emotional meaning to things. I never have.
I don’t find value in small trinkets or clothes and other random household items.
Even my mum thinks this sounds weird. How could you not love those shoes you wore to your best friend’s wedding? Or that dress you bought on holiday in Spain?
Well, those are just ‘things. A piece of fabric. Item. Yes, some things may remind you of places, people, memories. I’m not going to deny that. Some good memories, others not so much. But we all have the power to re-engineer our brains to remove the emotional attachments from ‘stuff’ if we want to.
This is especially needed if you want to declutter your wardrobe, reduce the number of items you own – essentially, creating a capsule wardrobe and living a simpler life.
It’s definitely not an overnight process. You can physically declutter your stuff over a weekend. But it is only just the beginning. The hardest part is when you try to stick to it, and not start buying more, try to avoid temptations such as shopping on your phone, or popping by nearby charity shop and buying something which makes you feel better for like 30 seconds.
If you are looking for some secret recipe for minimalism and decluttering… you won’t find it. The secret is… there is no secret.
”The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t”
You just do it. Start decluttering and don’t put it off!
There are various areas of your life you may want to start decluttering. For me it always starts with the mind. Then it’s my diary and my home.
You may feel like you have so much to declutter in each of these areas that you don’t know where to begin. Decluttering your mind, time and home can be the biggest project you’ll ever undertake, and it’s important to intentionally choose where to start.
Decluttering is an on-going and never-ending process. It may seem overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it – it becomes less and less daunting. You’ll even start enjoying it.
It all starts with the mind. If your mind is too cluttered and overwhelmed by all the commitments you’ve made, it will have a negative effect on you and those around you. Decluttering your mind can be done in many ways. You need to find the things that work for you.
Here are a few activities that help me to declutter my mind:
Going on a walk or a hike, escaping to a new city for a weekend, working out in the gym, yoga, and swimming, visiting an art gallery or exhibition
Decluttering your schedule and time is the next. We all have the same amount of time in the day, and our happiness depends on how we choose to spend it.
Finding the stuff that makes YOU happy, the activities that ignite your mind and soul, and making more time for them – is the key to having a happier and mindful life.
We all live busy lives and the stuff will always creep up and clutter our schedules. Make it your priority to go through your weekly/monthly schedule once a week. Go through it ruthlessly and get rid off anything that won’t add value to your current goals and happiness.
I do it on Saturday mornings when I take myself out for coffee and review my plans and goals for next week and month.
Depending on the size of your home, the number of your things and your willingness of decluttering – this is the area that requires a more in-depth discussion.
But regardless of all these things, there are certain things you can start decluttering and let go.
It’s about time to stop making excuses and get rid off stuff that no longer adds value to your life or make you happy.
Here’s a list to get started and help you instantly declutter your home today!
This is a starter list and I’ll keep adding things on to it over time – so keep checking back.
In the meantime, over to you – what have you recently declutter and why?
Let me know in comments below