Figuring Out My Version of the Minimalist Lifestyle

IMG_7153I think minimalism is part of the “way I’m wired”…for as long as I can remember, I’ve gotten a rush out of the process of eliminating clutter and excess in my life. However, it’s a part of me that continually needs shaping and fine-tuning, and I’m still learning everyday how to better use, prioritize, and organize the “stuff” in my life and what that looks like in relation to spending habits, time management, and priorities.

I’ve heard good things about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and though I haven’t read it yet, I know that the idea of getting rid of things we no longer use has been trending like crazy and “minimalism” is all the rage right now. That makes it fun, because there’s this camaraderie in all evaluating our consumerist/materialistic tendencies together.

I absolutely love having yard sales, taking things to consignment shops, selling things on Facebook, and, most recently, I’ve even bought into the Instagram sale thing. For me, ending up with a handful of cash helps me justify both letting go of things that I loved or that I paid too much for, and spending more money on the higher-quality things that I really want.

My husband has taught me a lot about the value in saving for what I really want or the better brand of something I need instead of settling for the cheap version just because it’s cheap. In the two short years of our marriage, my attitude towards spending and saving money has changed completely. I no longer feel guilty every time I choose the item that I believe is the best, rather than the one with the lowest price tag. And now that I shop this way (for the most part), I have much less to get rid of, since I less often end up dissatisfied with my cheap purchases.

But as I said, it’s a process. Doing a capsule wardrobe has taught me a lot about this concept when it comes to my clothing, and I’m realizing that I’ve subconsciously begun to think about other things (kitchen gadgets, home decor, etc.) with the same mindset.

Also, I’m only 23 years old. I am still figuring out my style and tastes — not only in fashion, but in interior design, food, and my life/goals in general. Sometimes when I start to feel panicky about everything being so unsettled and constantly changing, I have to remind myself of that. A lot of the people I admire, both online and in real life, hadn’t figured out or established the things I admire about them at my age, either. 🙂

Before I ramble on too much further, here are some links I recommend for further reading on minimalism.

What are some sources that have motivated you to live with less? I’d love to hear some good book/podcast/blog recommendations. Let’s get the conversation started!

9 thoughts on “Figuring Out My Version of the Minimalist Lifestyle

  1. I’m twenty-seven and it feels like I’m just now starting to figure out what styles and tastes are really me…you have plenty of time. 😉
    And yes yes yes to living minimally! It is completely liberating to get rid of the excess and keep/buy only what you need (with maybe a few wants in there, right?!). Sometimes I find myself looking around my house and trying to figure out what else I can get rid of. 😉
    That books look super interesting! Might have to check it out sometime!

  2. See?! I knew it. 🙂

    I love getting rid of stuff so much…there needs to be a paid position for that, that I could work!

    One of that book’s concepts that I heard someone else talk about and have put to use is that, if we have a hard time letting things go, we should acknowledge that they have served us well in the past and added joy to our lives in some way. Then, with that realization, we can “thank” our things for what they’ve given us and say goodbye without regret. It sounds like a weird way of interacting with material objects but I’ve actually found the concept to be super guilt-reducing. For example: someone gave me something. I don’t use/love it anymore. But I don’t want to get rid of it, because they GAVE it to me. With love! But I can just say, this brought me so much joy when I received it. It brought me joy for years as I enjoyed it in my home. Now it is time to let it bring someone else joy. And let it go.

  3. I agree, you have so much time to figure out your style + tastes. Only in the last few years have I realized I have that freedom and its seriously so liberating to discover what I like and want. So keep exploring! Also I cant wait to check out some of the resources on minimalism. I consistently ask myself if the stuff in my life brings me joy or drags me down. And its really fun to sell the items I don’t need! I love your posts! Your inspiring!

  4. Woohoo! Yes! If you continue on with the simplified/minimized mindset at 23 you will be SO GLAD by the time you are in your 30’s like me hehe. Good luck!

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