“Less is more” is my minimalism mantra. I am often asked the question, “So what is minimalism anyway?”
MINIMALISM IS OWNING FEWER POSSESSIONS.
Although my intentions are to be minimalistic, I am not there yet. I own a lot of stuff like clothes, shoes, watches, books, and the latest gadgets.
Before you say it – yes, I have started to declutter things that I don’t need anymore by giving them to charities or friends.
It’s not just decluttering and giving away things, I have become more conscious of my purchases.
Before I buy something, I ask myself “do I need it?”. Also, I don’t buy instantly, instead I sleep on it and buy after a few days if there is still the need and urge. A lot of times I forget or don’t need that anymore.
Previously, I would buy if I saw a good deal or a product was on sale. To avoid the temptation, I’ve unsubscribed to the retail website’s email. For example – do I need a new vacuum cleaner on Thanksgiving sale if my current is working perfectly fine and does the job?
Another thing is hoarding. I am guilty of doing it. For instance, I haven’t worn my white shirt in more than 2 years but I have kept it in my wardrobe. Every time I think of donating it, there is a voice in my head saying ” let me keep it. I might need it for an occasion.” This applies to most of my stuff in the apartment.
I have started following a rule – if I don’t use something within a year then I give it away to charity.
I am trying to apply the principle to books too. I have a lot of books that I have started giving away to friends and family. I have joined a local library to borrow books instead of buying them. It’s a better method.
There is a lot that I don’t know. I am a work in progress but I’m happy that I’m making progress.
P.S 1 : If I need to buy anything then I check the Facebook marketplace. You’ll be surprised to find what you’re looking for in the perfect condition with half the price. I sold a few things that I didn’t need anymore. At least, they’re getting used by some else.
P.S 2: My mom jokes that I inherited my love for watched and shoes from Nana (maternal grandfather)