It has been ages since I last wrote about my quest to become a minimalist! So, I don’t blame you guys if you completely forgot about it. It has been a steady ride so far and I am totally enjoying the journey that I decided to give you guys an update and try to inspire you to check minimalism out.
Looking at all the stuff I have now, it seems like I still have a lot of things. I do have 8 pairs of shoes, 3 pairs of slippers, tons of bags, and a reasonably sized amount of clothes. Some of the earlier things that I was able to discard were easier to let go of because they were things I rarely used. However, now that I have lesser things and left with only the essentials, it’s a bit harder to let go. Nope, scratch that. It is easy but it’s the crazy person in me who makes it harder. I sometimes ask myself why do I have to throw away a perfectly good pair of shoes when I can wear it out first? I don’t think that’s wrong. I think it’s normal and acceptable. After all, I’m not rich and I did save up for most of the things I have. Having that kind of mentality does slow down my progress but what can I do? I just can’t let go if some things…yet.
I know I just had a massive book haul the other month but I surprised myself to see that I don’t have a lot of books. The last time around, my shelf was filled with books but I have space now! I still have a couple of books that are waiting to be bought on OLX but I am so proud of myself that I was able to sell some.
I post a lot about beauty products but look at the only products I have! This is one aspect of my journey that I had a little trouble with. It’s hard because somehow buying and trying out new products have been an obsession/part of my blog. I was able to finish certain products first before buying new ones. It took a lot of discipline and I couldn’t be any happier. Nowadays, when I am about to finish a product, I really get excited. I give much thought to buying products. I don’t just buy impulsively anymore!
The one thing I am most proud of is how minimalism has completely changed my thought process. I always thought that I could and should buy new products when I had money because I deserve it. But being exposed to minimalism has really changed me. I always think before buying. I always ask myself if it’s a need or a want. I don’t just buy things because I want it or I feel like I need it. It’s a complete lifestyle change that I am going for and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision.
TRY BEING A MINIMALIST
I know it’s hard and daunting to even think about it but I highly encourage you to. I know I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg (solely focusing on material things first) but I believe minimalism has a bigger grasp than any of us can imagine. A year in, here’s a couple of more reasons why I highly want you to try and look into minimalism.
- Environmental footprint – Let’s be honest, the world today is too consumeristic. Businesses and society want us to consume. We can drastically lessen our footprints if we change the way we think about our material possessions.
- New experiences – If we start thinking less about material things, we can start truly experiencing life. We can start choosing to have more experiences rather than having new things. Think of it as, deciding to spend a day at home with your family rather than spending a day at a mall shopping. These are simple ideas that we can totally expound on.
- Challenging societal standards – There are certain societal standards in place but with a different mindset, we begin to challenge and question it. Just because society says you should do it, it doesn’t mean you have to do it. Once we start questioning things, we can start living outside society’s box.
- Happiness – I am truly happy. I am happy because I know I have discipline over consumerism. I am happy because I get to live more of my life without having to think of material things. I believe that one of the greatest reasons to try and look into minimalism is because of the happiness it can give you. Based on experience, I have simplified my life and it has helped me focus on the things that matter the most.
- Life perspective – Once you have a clearer mindset on how you want to live your life or what matters in it, your whole perspective about life changes. It certainly shifts for the better. We only have one life to live and if we live more consciously, we can certainly make the most out of it.
I know these five reasons are more on the emotional side but I wanted to give you a different set of reasons as to why I think you should try looking into minimalism. Minimalism, for me, can be personalized and then seamlessly fit our lives. Maybe we’re too consumed by social media, you can turn to minimalism to start helping you focus on real life more. Or maybe we always want to have the latest phone model, we can definitely turn to minimalism to remind ourselves that phones are just phones. More than just the obvious reasons, minimalism definitely reminds us that we can live minimally but still make the most out of it. That my friends are what I really want you to think about.
Want more? Here is a link to an earlier post on my goal to be a minimalist and a different set of reasons why you should try to be one. I also have this whole category for minimalism that I’d like you to check out.
Did I pique your interest? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this!