Happy 2016! So, like I said in my last post, I'm not one for New Years shenanigans. I don't think I've ever really made New Years Resolutions but for whatever reason, yesterday, January 1st, 2016, I started ravaging my house. Seriously. It was intense.
I went through my bathroom cabinets, my kitchen cabinets, my closet, my cosmetics... I went to town on making piles to donate, piles to throw out, and piles to give away to friends and family. To be honest, I was pretty ashamed of how much, for lack of a better word, crap that I had accumulated in my short time since moving out of my parent's house. Let me tell you, yesterday was so gratifying.
As I was going through all of my belongings that had been collecting dust and taking up space out of sight for so long, I couldn't stop asking myself why I had so much stuff! The only reasoning I could come up with was that it brought me excitement and joy when buying new products, new gadgets, and new clothes. As if buying things was supposed to be a source of happiness in my life. Which, I guess from a young age, it has been. I don't think anyone can say that getting something new isn't exciting, but for me, that feeling would wear off within a 24 hours, maybe longer depending on how long I had lusted after that item, which often wasn't very long.
So not only did I have more stuff than I am willing to admit due to embarrassment of how many garbage bags I was able to fill in one day alone, I have always been one to be stressed about clutter. This is so funny to my because, well, I have been doing it to myself for years! And of course our houses are now built with storage upon storage, out of sight, out of mind. Not to mention, I work at a storage facility. Talk about coming full circle...
So today I set out to do some research on how to live successfully as a minimalist. I wanted to do this research for two reasons:
- Minimalism sounds so sweet. Happy. Joyful, even.
- If I don't label it and learn the right tools, I'll keep accumulating crap, then purging all my new crap, every singly year.
So! Here are a few links to some really beautiful blogs that have given me such clear, concise guidance to living as a minimalist.
The first blog I found via Pinterest is Bre from brepea.com. Her post that I came across is called "7 Mantras for the Wanna-Be Minimalist" and I loved it!! Actually saying these mantras to myself while going through all of my stuff really helped me commit to the task.
The second one that I found that really helped me was on ticoandtina.com, "5 Practical Ways to Transition to Minimalism". This article has some really great, practical yet fun ways to actually get the job done. Pairing these two posts together just made the perfect game plan!
The most important thing that I have learned about minimalism so far is that it isn't just a way of getting rid of clutter. It is a lifestyle, a way of life. A way to enjoy moments more than things. To value people more than belongings. This, as some of you might know, has been my biggest joy. Finding happiness in little moments. So this new trek into a minimalist lifestyle aligns perfectly with my core values and I am so excited to learn and implement more of these values into my day to day life! So this is my one and only resolution for 2016, but I figure this might seep into every other part of my life, making it a pretty big resolution!
I hope you're all having the happiest start to your new year!
Take good care, lovelies!