It’s been 4 months since I started listening to the Minimalists. It’s been a month since I started taking minimalism seriously. It wasn’t until 2 days ago that I actually started decluttering.
I don’t hate stuff. I love things but I’ve learned recently that there is a limit to how happy things can make you and the joy of buying something passes the next week. Then you’re left with a buyer’s remorse. So, I love things but only the ones that add value to my life.
The first question that comes to mind is why am I getting rid of stuff? I’ll try to answer this as honestly as I can. If you know me personally or if you follow me on Instagram, you must have noticed a little spending spree a couple of months ago. That said, if you really know me personally or through this blog, you know I’m a bit extravagant as a person.
Once the Steam Workshop sticker thing happened, I started to check things off my wishlists. The thing about wishlists is that they never end. Ultimately, last summer my Instagram bio read, “I buy cool stuff.”
That person may or may not be the best version of me but I don’t have a lot of respect for that version. One incident pretty much changed it all and made me question, “What am I even doing?”
A couple of months later, I found the Minimalists podcast by Ryan and Joshua. Then, I learned more about James Altucher’s minimalist adventures and as I read more and more I had a calling of “Hey, that sounds like an amazing idea. I can see this making me happy.”
The thing about stuff is that I didn’t see anything as excess until I did and when that happened, I couldn’t unsee it. It’s a very different feeling to realise you have way more than you need.
Decluttering is reducing what you own to less and trying to do more with whatever is left. It is essentially, removing the clutter from your life. I’ll do it in stages.
I don’t live at home. I live in a city far away from home so the stuff I have with me isn’t exactly a lot. It’s still three suitcases worth of stuff… or was, until a few days back.
I’ll get to decluttering my stuff back home but I’m starting from whatever I have here in my rented room.
I’m starting with two things. The first is simple, giving things away or selling them. The other is called Project 333. I’ll expand on each of these in the posts following this one. One by one. Baby steps.
Expect posts about my journey through trying to declutter my life and succeeding or failing at it, howsoever it goes.