… then it all went deeper.
I have to admit that at first I fell in love with the idea of having a minimalist aesthetic in my room. I loved all those pictures that you can find on Pinterest.
Therefore at the start of my journey I have thrown out unnecessary and unused small, little things. A pretty easy task I might say.
I have started with clothes that were really just hanging in my closet where some didn’t fit me well and others were not my style anymore. Afterwards I have donated all the jewelry that weren’t silver or gold. Furthermore, some of my ornaments and old ugly toys were again easy to toss. Stationary felt the same as I have taken out things I would never use.
OK, so this was very superficial as I have only got rid of items that didn’t mean anything to me anymore. In other words I was barely scratching the surface.
After all the clean out I still had the sensation that something didn’t feel right so I had to go further into each category.
I used to have rainbow collections for scarfs, hair bands, hair elastics etc. The reality was that I used almost nothing from all my collections and it was a pretty difficult task to handle because I was emotionally attached. After lots of struggles I managed to take out everything that I was hanging on for no reason. Then I moved again to jewelry and sold a few pieces in order to make some money. Moreover, the rest of the ornaments were taken out and donated to my family and friends. Tackling sentimental items was the most difficult task. All those photos and presents were a headache. Long hours I’ve spent in this area but at the very end I have thrown out more than I could ever imagine.
The room actually started to be a lot simpler and I became more relaxed. I never understood until then how the environment can affect your mind. For me minimalism is not just about the design. I believe it is focused more on the mental health aspect.
I disconnected myself from all the “love” I felt towards this materialistic world. I made some rules and installed a mental barrier so that I would not fell into the consumerism traps again.
I may still have more than I need but this is an ongoing process. My goal isn’t to live out of a backpack or to be an extreme minimalist but to use and enjoy everything that I own and to have each thing to serve its purpose.
This is just my view and yours can be totally different. We just have to find out what works the best for us.
“Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is a great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.” – Peace Pilgrim