I stumbled across the idea of minimalism when I found the website zenhabits.net in 2007. That’s a long time ago. It was prior to Pinterest and prior to the big ‘buzz’ of the unconventional lifestyle mainstream. I remember being intrigued by the notion of how small habit changes daily, can change your life! From there, I attempted to make changes. I was young, fresh out of college, unmarried, and pretty dang hopeful.
From there, I spent years on and off of the simple life. I would declutter and be excited, then feel lost and go on a shopping binge. Just like any other addiction, really.
Then there was marriage and combining stuff and moving a few times and major life shifts.
You know, the usual.
This binging and purging of stuff and debt over the years has left me mentally, physically, and emotionally drained.
Partly because in my heart I am a simple girl. I want the simple life. I don’t want the excess and mess – but somehow society creeps in and tells me that I just have to have it to be successful.
So, I try that and in the end feel worse than I did before.
I’ve done massive, MASSIVE decluttering stunts in the past. And, I always feel better afterward. But then, I want to do DIY Pinterest crafts…so I go to the thrift store, load up, repaint and refurb, and then store the junk. Then I feel guilty.
My last major declutter was last year after I was laid off from work. I was able to stay home for a while and thought it was a good time to get rid of some stuff.
But, then I just kept it ALL down in the garage in case I needed it.
Somewhere, between then and now ALL of that junk made it’s way back upstairs and in my living space.
Now, I am decluttering the same stuff and then some again!
I don’t know about you, but it sounds pretty insane to me.
This time, I have a serious, serious rule.
What I donate and do not need gets loaded into my car and taken to the donation center right then.
It’s been working like a charm.
I’m different this time. I am focused this time. My life is slowly changing for the better.
This is where I want to be.