If I had to define what paring down means, I would define it as the act of letting go of the extras in your life.
It’s one of the things I love about minimalism. The contact desire to pare down. Having started on this journey, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to say, “I’m done. That’s it, paring down is over.” There are just tons of things you could let go of. And when you pare down with an open heart and mind, you’ll be surprised with the results.
Here’s what I’ve learned about paring down so far:
- Don’t feel attached – Remember that you are only letting go of material things. The memories that come along with it do not have to be thrown out as well.
- Just keep going – Don’t look at the ‘trash pile’ and think to yourself that you can’t survive with what’s left. Remember that you were able to put a thing in the trash pile because you know in your heart that it has already served its purpose and it’s time to let go.
- Do it again – This is somehow related to #2. Sometimes, we think that we’ve done enough but sooner or later we realize that there’s still room for improvement. Paring down (and minimalism) is a constant process. After all, we are training ourselves to do the complete opposite of what we are used to.
- Don’t just throw it out – This is so important especially if you are not rich (like me). Personally, one of the reasons, why paring down was hard in the beginning was because I was reminded of how much a thing costs. As a solution, I’ve looked into donations, reselling, and reusing things before completely discarding it.
- It’s just material things! – Most importantly, we have to remember that what we are throwing out are just material things. We have to teach ourselves to not get too overly attached with it.
Those are my the top five things I’ve learned so far. I am not a pro at this so suggestions are all welcome! Just connect with me by writing a line down below.