Two years ago my home was filled with all the things I thought it should be – ornaments, sentimental keepsakes, wardrobes full of clothes, drawers full of makeup, furniture to fill the space in each room. It always felt a mess and this would really stress me out. I would clean up, and by the next day everything had gone back to the way it was before. I love interior design, and Pinterest is a past time for me. I would always be left thinking, why can’t my home look like that?
In a quest to improve my tidying skills and get my home a little more Pinterest worthy, I read THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING. It is no secret, 4 million others have read it. If you’re interested in decluttering or simplifying your life, I urge you start here. It is a ‘do it once and do it right’ method, which worked for me, but some find it too extreme. An alternative, is the 30 day minimalism game, which has the same goal but takes a slower pace.
I threw out around 50 black bin liners full of stuff, followed by a lot of furniture after reading this book. People thought I’d lost the plot, they’d say “This is ridiculous, why have you thrown that away?”, “You’ll have nothing left”, “But I bought you that!” They couldn’t understand it, but what utterly shocked me was how happy I felt. There was no talking me out of it. I knew I was onto something and I kept going.
I decluttered everything I could think of – my digital life, friendships, commitments, work life. Everything I purged felt like another weight had been lifted. I felt calmer and more in control of my life.
Minimalism isn’t just about getting rid of all your things, for me this was just the start. It’s a way of carefully considering everything that makes up our lives by assessing its value. If it has no value or use then it is discarded. It is that simple. We choose what we allow to enter our lives. We allow a lot in because we think we should, instead of because it adds meaning.
My home doesn’t stress me out anymore because it rarely needs tidying and takes less than an hour to deep clean from top to bottom. I wake up on a Sunday, and because I haven’t made any plans I never wanted to really keep, the day is mine to do with as I wish.
The freedom I got in return for simplifying, is priceless. I used to ask myself how might my life be better with something, until I starting thinking about how I might be better off with less.
What are your thoughts on living with less?