Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Minimalist Journey: There's Always More Stuff

As I've mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I are currently staying with our in-laws as we try to figure out where we're going to land. So other than having a few boxes here hanging out in the garage (my in-laws are saints), we have a storage space full of furniture and the rest of our boxes. I haven't seen the storage facility since the day we filled it (which was back in January). And even though it seems like a short enough time, I discovered I forgot how much stuff I had in there!

For the last few days, I began to worry that I wasn't going to be able to make it to the $1000 budget goal. I had made it through nearly every box we'd had in the house and felt like I was running out of things to sell. Well, as it turns out, it seems there's always more stuff. I pulled the door open and saw tons of boxes stacked on top of each other. I experienced two competing emotions at that moment: disappointment and elation. Disappointment because I realized I had way too much stuff and couldn't believe how much more I had that I'd totally forgotten about in the last 2 months. Elation because I knew making the $1,000 goal was going to be way easier than I originally thought.

After my initial surprise, my next surprise came when I found a whole other box of my clothes! I had just pared down my whole closet a couple of weeks ago and low and behold...there was more! The good thing was some of it was spring and summer clothes. When I went through my clothes a couple of weeks ago, I was worried I wouldn't have enough. Well, turns out I had nothing to worry about. I found a few more dresses that I knew I could easily get rid of because they were too big for me. That rarely ever happens to me, but I'd kept all my bigger clothes after I lost a bunch of weight just in case I ever needed them again. I laughed at this notion considering it's now been 2 years and I've managed my weight well. It's one thing to keep clothes that are a bit too small in hopes of fitting back into them. It's a whole other negative thing to keep bigger clothes in fear of going back to where you came from. Thinking this way, it became easy to let that go. Out with the negative...along with clothes that don't fit!

When I saw after I opened the storage room door. Whoa!

I'm coming to discover that for a minimalist starting out, there is always more stuff to let go of. Just when I think I've done as much as I can do, more stuff shows up for me to go through. At some point, I know this will slow down and I'll have less and less to go through, but for now, it feels like the mound of stuff I had is as big now as it was a few weeks ago.

How long do you think it would take you to minimize your life? Do you think you have $1000 in things you could let go of laying around?

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  1. I've recently began scaling down myself. While I'm not sure if I'll ever scale down into a minimalist lifestyle completely, I still love the idea of doing so! I'm always so interested in reading how others have achieved this lifestyle & how they maintain it as well. I recently went through all of my clothes (which I'm hoping to do again) and got rid of like 4 or 5 bags to be donated! I was so excited because I really want to narrow down more of my wardrobe. I'm sure I might have $1,000 of things lying around to sell, but most of my items are books and I have a hard time of letting those go haha. So we'll see! This was such a fun read for me! Thank you for sharing your journey towards a more minimalist lifestyle! :)

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! The great thing about minimalism is that it's different to everyone. Once you get rid of everything you don't truly need or want, I feel like that's minimalism. Excess is the culprit. It sounds like you've made a huge step with the many bags you donate. My closet was the hardest for me and I STILL need to go back and get rid of some more (just because I have the feeling I should). Books are hard for my husband. But, honestly, if the books make you happy, you can still keep them and be a "minimalist"...I feel the definition is so fluid. Thanks for sharing! Glad my journey was able to connect with you! :)

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  2. I don't think I would be able to get rid of my stuff myself, without anyone next to me forcing me to do it ;) I'm one of those people thinking: "I might need it". However I really like keeping my apartment clean and organize so I do donate clothes and other stuff, just enough to make a little more space for new stuff ;) So respect girl for doing this!

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    1. It's been a lot easier than I thought it would be. Turns out, I actually keep a lot of pointless stuff. I thought it would be very difficult, but the bottom line was I just got tired of moving stuff around all the time and feeling crowded by clutter. While, I'll never been on the extreme end of the minimalist spectrum, I'm so looking forward to having actual useful stuff in my life. And going through your closets and donating clothes...that's HUGE! I do plan on having new stuff in the future, but my rule will be to let go of 1 or 2 things that take up an equivalent amount of space. That and I plan to replace all old "holey" clothes with newer versions (socks and underclothes are the main culprit).

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  3. This was really interesting, I have always enjoyed getting rid of items I don't use so living minimally would be relatively easy! I think I could make £500 from selling things I don't use currently but not sure i could hit the £1000 mark!

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    1. Thanks! I'm still not sure if I can make my goal or not! Ha! I'd like to think it's realistic. However, I'm not selling any big or expensive items...mostly clothes and home decor. So this should definitely be interesting! I'm up for the challenge, anyway! Plus...at the end of it all, I have the incentive of a vacation and that'll make all this work worth it! :)

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  4. Great post! I make it a habit of getting rid of things I don't use at least once a year. It's a process but I always feel so much better and my pockets are fuller. Never made $1000 at once but maybe over the course of a few years. Good luck with your goal.

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  5. I have been failing so miserably in getting rid of the extra stuff all over my house. But, after reading a couple of your posts, I think I might just get to it and do some spring cleaning now.

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  6. I think times are changing and slowly the world is adopting the less is more lifestyle which I think is great. I feel it also allows us to have a clearer mind and our sense of being depends only on us, not on things.

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  7. You really made me laugh! I completely understand, I used to keep my bigger stuff just in case my weight goes up so I don't trow away more many for bigger sizes.
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  8. I love this series you have! Every time I pick up my house I say, "how did we accumulate so much stuff."

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