I feel like I should begin this post with a disclaimer about the fact that I definitely wouldn’t call myself a “minimalist”. I totally envy those that can live that way and I so wish that I could but I’m still far too materialistic for all that 😂.
With that being said, I have gotten to a point in my life where a lot of “stuff” really gets under my skin. I’ve never actually been someone that enjoys having a lot of “stuff”. I remember when I was a kid, I hated when my floor was covered in stuff and it would sometimes get so bad that I just wouldn’t sleep in my room so I didn’t have to look at all the “stuff”.
So now, with a house of my own I pride myself on keeping the “stuff” at bay. I think millennials (at least the one’s I know) have far less of an emotional attachment to things than our parents generation. Recently, we cleaned out my parent’s attic and my mom wanted to keep lots of things that she attached “memories” with and in my mind, I couldn’t understand it. To me it seems that you can just keep the memories and lose the stuff…I don’t see a need to keep “things” around just because they’ve got memories attached to them.
With Ryan and I thinking about a move soon, we’ve been thinking a lot about the “stuff” in our house and we’ve been making a list and prioritizing our stuff. Honestly, we’re doing this mostly because when we move, we’d like to move with the least amount of stuff possible. If you’ve ever moved, you know how much of an annoyance it is to move any amount of stuff, let alone the amount of stuff you can fit into an entire house. Considering the fact that we’re going to be moving to another state, having the least amount of stuff possible is going to make things so much easier. I think back to when we moved from our apartment into our house and just moving 40 minutes away with all of our stuff was a serious annoyance.
This time around, I’m looking to change that.
And to start, we need to get rid of that “stuff”.
Have you guys ever heard of the KonMari method of cleaning up? Basically the premise of it is to clean and de-clutter in such a way so that you are only keep things that bring you joy. There is a whole book about this that you can read called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. This premise is something that I’m trying to use when de-cluttering my life. If you haven’t tried it…it truly is life-changing and you totally need to give it a shot. You’ll be amazed at how much of your stuff you don’t actually need or really, truly even want.
There is something so empowering about setting your crap free. You feel lighter. You don’t feel bogged down by your belongings and most importantly, you feel in control of your things and to me, that’s worth more than gold.
So give the KonMari method a try and set your crap free. You’ll be amazed at how great you feel afterwards.