For a long time, I’m fascinated by minimalism, by cleaning and decluttering my stuff and the feeling you get afterwards. I would say that I’ve been a pretty organised person but since the moment I discovered videos and books about minimalism I’m definitely captivated by this topic.
Actually, I wanted to write about minimalism for ages on this blog but I had huge difficulties because I wasn’t sure where minimalism starts and where it ends. After I’ve watched plenty of videos, read blog posts and books about this topic I came to the conclusion that minimalism isn’t about the number of things that you own or that you’re only allowed to own a certain number of things. It’s more about getting loose of searching the happiness in material stuff.
Because of that, I try to regularly get an overview of the things I own and to declutter from time to time. I take every single piece in my hand and ask myself if it makes me happy or if I need it (to be happy). For example, I know that I don’t need ten pairs of black trousers because I’m only going to wear one or two of them.
There are a few people on the Internet and authors that inspire me but I can’t agree with everything they might find helpful for themselves. I wouldn’t give away or declutter things I’m emotionally attached to like childhood photos, for example. Morever, it’s not hard for me to give away old and not used clothes because I think they might become a favorite of someone else. I think that everything you give away makes space for something new – don’t get me wrong, decluttering isn’t about giving away old stuff to buy new things right after. But decluttering helps creating a home, a closet or a workspace you love and it helps to not being distracted or overwhelmed by material things.
Do you declutter from time to time or is it something that’s hard for you?