Minimalism: my progress.
It’s been a while since my last post and I do apologise for that. We’ve had visitors here in Portugal and I’ve been spending time with them so I sort of went on a temporary hiatus from the blog. But I’m back, recharged and rejuvenated for the month of May!
Today, I wanted to talk about something that has been close to my heart since end of last year – minimalism. Essentially, the idea of paring down and simplifying your life to just the bare essentials. The funny thing about minimalism is that what is essential to me, may not be essential to you and vice versa. We’re all such unique individuals so there is no one-size-fits-all approach to minimalism that will work for everybody.
I’ve been on the journey of self-discovery for a while now and the more I reflect and observe what’s going on around me, the more I realise what is truly important to me personally. At the end of the day, it’s not the amount of things I own or my social status that gives me the greatest satisfaction. But, it is whether I live my life to the fullest in the two broad categories that mean the most to me – God and people.
So at this point, I consider minimalism or minimalist concepts part of the framework with which I build my ideal life. It gives me the room to fill my life with activities and things that will aid in bringing me the most fulfilment. By paring things down to the absolute essentials, I have more room to spend my time meaningfully.
Here are two main categories of physical items I have deliberately reduced and am still in the process of curating (decluttering never quite ends actually).
Clothes. I am not a fashionista nor would I consider myself stylish by any means (although I would like to be). I dress casually most of the time so it was pretty easy to get rid of the clothes I had been hoarding. I really do just use 20% of my wardrobe. Shocking!
Stationery. I love stationery, period. I love to draw, write, journal, etc and as a result of that, have accumulated quite a number of pens, markers, notebooks and the like. I’ve sorted out what I intend to bring home and the rest, I’m going to simply give it to friends who share the same hobbies.
Looking around, I’ve realised that there’s still a long way to go. I aim to return with just a single large suitcase and a carry on, so that means I’ve still got to whittle down my collection of items even further. It’s amazing what you can accumulate in two years. I’m kinda kicking myself for not discovering this lifestyle any earlier. But there is no time for regret, only thankfulness that I discovered this earlier rather than later.
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