I recently viewed the documentary The Minimalist and decided I needed to become a minimalist. To what extent I have no idea but I need to start somewhere. If you have not seen this I highly recommend it. It will help you understand why I am starting my minimalist journey. In my mind it makes complete sense. The only problem is that I have no idea where to start.
I believe my need for things stems from the fact that I grew up not having very much. I got new shoes once a year. I only got undergarments when we went school shopping. I only got toys or gadgets for my birthday or Christmas. We only went grocery shopping at the first of the month when our food stamps were issued. The point being that there was not a lot of money for anything extra. We only had what we NEEDED.
Since my divorce in 2004 I have been a mild hoarder. I do have a clean home but I collect things like note pads, pens, jewelry, clothing, bath items, etc. They are neatly stored and you won’t see me on the show but I have more than I will ever need in my lifetime. The documentary made me take a good look at what I am spending, instead of saving, my money on. I cringe when I think about how much money I could have in my savings right now.
The First Step
I believe the first step is agreeing that I have a problem. I am professing that to you wonderful readers. I am still in the infant stages of research and planning. However, I have a move coming in May and need to get the ball rolling.
I am starting with my clothing, shoes, and jewelry. My jewelry box is five drawers full of things I can’t remember ever wearing. I own shoes that make my feet hurt. (WHY?) I am showing the before picture of my closet so you readers can hold me accountable. My goal is to sell as much as possible because I can always use the money. The second wave will be donated to a local charity. I don’t have any issues with throwing out anything that doesn’t make the first two cuts.
I believe my next step will be to downsize my kitchen items. I know I can give a lot of it to my daughter. If she doesn’t want it then I can donate it to a shelter. I hope that you will follow along with my minimalist journey over at This Brunette Blogs. I need all the encouragement I can get.
Have you decluttered your home recently? What were your results?