So here we are at the beginning of our minimalism journey. I have asked myself several times over the course of this week, “what exactly does that mean?” Which I dare say, (even if it is only to myself) that is a great question!
So what is it? I will argue, that minimalism is whatever it means to you. According to the dictionary minimalism is defined as: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. Could I possibly ever be like a Buddhist monk living with only the clothes on my back? No, I don’t think I could. But who knows maybe one day I will.
Right now what my husband and I are starting off with is simply letting go. We are letting go of the unnecessary items in our lives. The items we know we can live without. Things like the artwork, nic nacs, cookware etc. that have been lurking in the backs of cupboards and closets gathering dust. Items that have been showcased on the walls, that I have reluctantly (as dusting is my least favorite chore) ran a wet rag over a million times since it was hung there. Items that have moved to 3 different states and at least 5 different locations (another closet in another home) where it has enjoyed the oh so exciting life of occasionally peering out of the dark as the door is trepidatiously opened, so that none of the other items should jump out and bite the owner in a mad fit of trying to get to the light. But I digress…
Letting go is the name of the game right now. We are evaluating. I believe we are going to find there is a great deal in our lives that we have that we can truly live without. It’s not painful right now, it’s easy. I don’t expect it to stay that way. I think eventually we are going to get to items that we have an emotional attachment to for some reason or another. A thought that I am keeping in mind is that the thing, the item itself does not contain the person, the emotion, the memory, it is merely a physical representation of what I already have in my mind. I have read about other minimalists who have taken pictures of the object they are attached to so that they can store it digitally and look at whenever they need to. This is a great idea!
Another thought we are contemplating is using the 333 project idea in regards to our clothing (if you are unfamiliar with this, please click here for more information http://bemorewithless.com/project-333/). While it is exciting, at the same time, I think I am a bit frightened by it, I don’t think my husband is really that bothered. My problem is that I’m not exactly a snazzy dresser and I am worrying about things like; what if I pick the wrong 33 items, what if I look like an idiot! These are probably nonsensical thoughts, but worries in the back of my mind none the less.
There is one thought, however, that keeps repeating in the back of my mind, and that is what I am going to leave you with today. Less is more! It is more because having less, leaves you with more. If I have less things, I have less on my mind, I have less distractions. But I will have more, more time, more energy, more conversations.
I am looking forward to less so that in our world of constant distractions, noise, pollution…I can have more. Many blessings.