Today I wanted to talk about stuff. A long time ago (about 2 years ago now I think) I started to think about the sheer amount of things that I had. No lie I had at least four wardrobes stuffed with clothes and more things than I even remembered that I had. I talk about this more in-depth in my Beginning my minimalism journey post. Here I tell you all about where it started and why I began this journey.
Since then I think I have come a long way. I always say that minimalism looks different for everyone. I will never be someone who just has one chair in a room but I am adopting the Marie Kondo way of looking at possessions. This is when you take the time to only keep the things you use and/or bring you great joy by owning them. I have a full review already posted of her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up. This is a book I have on Audible and have I listened to it about 3 times now and I will continue to listen it over and over again. I might get it in hardback as I would love to read the words aswell. I have her book Spark Joy (physical book) and I will post a review on that soon. I also love this book. It looks more in depth of actually carrying out Marie Kondo’s concept. I highly recommend both books if you are thinking about idea of incorporating minimalism into your life.
This reason I am talking about minimalism is because although I know I have done well in certain areas, like clothes for example there is still more to do in other areas of my life. I want to create a series where I talk about going through the different areas (guided by the Marie Kondo book) and see where I can get rid of the things that I don’t need or love. The things that have served their purpose and are now just taking up space in my house. I am a big believer that the things you own not only take up precious space in both your house and mind, but can cause stress, cost you money (not only to buy but to store and clean) and distract you from more important things in your life. What got me thinking so strongly about this subject again is a show that I found on Netflix recently called Consumed. So addictive to watch. If you haven’t seen it, its basically a show about families who believe that their life has been consumed by their purchases and the amount of stuff that they have. I found it fascinating. Especially how when the stuff was gone it showed how much the stuff really distracted them from their emotions, relationships and got in the way of their passions and creativity.
Don’t get me wrong, my house, fortunately does not look like this and has very little stuff by comparison but it got me thinking again. What am I housing that is just taking up unnecessary space?
The reason I am talking about this now, even though realistically a lot of things are not going to be properly decluttered until January maybe (we will see how much I can fit in) is because we are entering into the biggest shopping (and gaining of more possessions) period of the year. This means even if you manage to not purchase anything for yourself it is likely you will receive many gifts. This is the time to start decluttering your home so you can be ready to receive these gifts. Also with all the festive decor you might feel over-whelmed if your house is cluttered already!
Want to join me on my house declutter? I will be doing it over the next couple of months, going through my entire home, section by section as Marie Kondo advises in the book. Not only will it help to declutter my house but it is also an experiment to see what I can get out of the process.
What are your thoughts on this subject? Have you read Marie Kondo’s books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up or Spark Joy? Have you watched the Netflix show consumed? Leave me a comment below and tell me all about it!!
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