Minimalism – Making It Work For Me

February 7, 2017

How to Be Minimalist

You may have heard me talking about a documentary I watched recently called Minimalism – A Documentary About the Important Things.  Watching this film helped me organise in my own head space how the term Minimalism relates to me & how I would like to incorporate it into my life.

I have come to the conclusion that if my surroundings are not clear (& I’m talking my work space, my wardrobe, my fridge, my pantry etc etc) how can my mind be clear?  And let’s not forget the whole other issue of land fill, fast fashion & sustainability – it’s up there in this whole process.

In the documentary 2 young men (I can say that, I’m in my 40s) are travelling the world telling their story & how living in a more minimalist manner made them happier.  They essentially own only what they need.  The bare minimum.  Their homes are filled with just the basics.  Two chairs, a table, a bed, 2 cups, you get the picture.  Their wardrobes are 2 pair of jeans, 5 shirts, 1 coat, yada yada.

Now, if you knew me well enough you would know that I couldn’t realistically live to that extreme.

BUT, what I could do, is aspire to live a little more like that.

I’m sitting at my desk now typing this post, surrounded by stuff.  I have photos in frames, photos stuck to the wall, I have more half used notebooks than I care to count & so many pens!  There’s a pile of paperwork to get filed away into yet another folder to join the others on the shelf, full of stuff I’m keeping, just in case.  There’s a glass & a mug, that come from a cupboard filled with glasses & mugs, of which I use maybe 2 a day.  Hell, I could use 1 if I washed it out over & over.  And I haven’t opened a drawer yet!

I have no doubt that if my work space was tidy & organised, I would not only enjoy sitting here more but I would think more clearly as well.

The realist in me knows that I like to have more than 1 notebook, probably because I get a better deal at Typo if I buy more than one.  The same with the pens.  I’m always losing them. Maybe if I only had 1 pen instead of 10, I would be more careful with it?

And drinking glasses – how many people do I have over at any 1 time?  Maybe 10 at the most, once in a blue moon.  Why do I have 20 glasses?  None of them even match!

And don’t get me started on my wardrobe!!

I also hold an attachment to certain things.  There’s boxes of baby stuff that sure, I could cull, but I wouldn’t get rid of entirely.  There’s artwork on the walls that I received as precious gifts for my 21st & 30th birthdays.  There’s handmade sake cups I lugged all the way back from Japan, books I adore & pot plants that not only look pretty but help the air!  They do do that right?

So I know that realistically I could never minimalise to the point of getting rid of things like that.  But I could cull.  I could cull & I could organise.

I am just about to start reading the Marie Kondo book Spark Joy.  It’s about the Japanese art of de-cluttering, which I have been told, revolves around the theory that if something does not bring you joy, you do not need it.  Unfortunately for me a new handbag brings me great joy!!

This month, I am going to begin.  One step at a time.  Starting with this workspace – wish me luck!

I’d love to hear about your de-cluttering & minimalising hits & misses.  Have you got any tips for me?

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