I know you’ve probably heard a lot about minimalism lately. Between books, podcasts, documentaries and blogs, reducing clutter and living with only what you need or the items that bring you joy has become the “in” thing for a good reason.
For a few years now, Jeff and I have been decluttering our home. As you can probably imagine, when we combined two households 14 years ago, we had so much stuff. We waited a while to get started but when we made the commitment to pair down what we had, we made great strides! But lately I’ve been watching YouTube videos on minimalism, reading blog posts and books so we are ready to take it a step farther.
I really thought I’d gotten rid of everything we didn’t need. But after gathering more information on the subject I can see where I’ve still got a way to go. Yes, I got rid of or donated a lot of items. The house is looking great! But now I’m down to those things that I need to examine and ask myself two questions: 1. Do I really need or do I use this item regularly? 2. Does it make me happy?
I almost think that second question is more important than the first. I recently tested this theory when going through some shirts in my closet. I liked them but I took the time and asked myself if they made me happy. Did I feel good in them when I wore them? I immediately said out loud “No!” I was actually quite shocked at my response. I’ve worn these shirts a lot but I never really knew that I felt this way. They didn’t bring me joy or make me smile when I wore them. I realized the only reason I was keeping them was because they matched an outfit I wasn’t particularly fond of. They are now making their way to someone else’s home where I hope that person will smile each time she puts those shirts on.
Have you come to point in your life to consider “Minimalism” or major decluttering? Have you ever looked at an object in your home and asked yourself if it makes you feel joyous or find yourself smiling? Try this exercise if you haven’t. You might be as amazed as I was the first time I tried this. Now, as I continue to surround myself with just the things that make me happy or I absolutely need, things are starting to feel calming and relaxing around my home. And I’m loving every minute of it!
PS – Look for more on minimalism here on my website and social media as I continue on this journey!
PPS – Plus my first non-fiction book about journaling is coming VERY SOON! You in a Book: Your Story Through Journaling is almost here and I CAN’T WAIT to share it with you! Stay tuned for more details coming soon.