A Minimalist Experiment

I’ve begun reading this book about Minimalism and the idea is very, very appealing to me.  It seems to be a way to live a simpler — more fulfilling life.  A life that is more about what is really important — about discovering our passion,  and less about the mundane, routine stuff that consumes our time.

Part of minimalism is doing with less stuff.   Keeping only the things that add value to our lives.  Minimalism is not just organizing or decluttering.  The author points to the fact that hoarders and people who organizing their stuff are two sides of the same coin.  The organizers are simply neater about it.  Hoarders put it their compulsion to accumulate stuff out in the open whereas organizers keep it well hidden!

One exercise that the author put forth early on in his move toward minimalism was to get rid of one thing a day for thirty days.   That sounds easy enough  I’m going to give it a try starting today.  And as I like to hold myself accountable, I am going to post my progress.  Today, March 24, day 1 — Extra coffee maker, you are going into the Salvation Army pile!

Comments

  1. There are three plastic grocery bags full of items in the bottom of my closet that I will be donating to Goodwill this weekend. I’ve always made a regular habit of decluttering because it’s a small way to also clear the mind. The habit also makes me think more about buying things because I always ask myself if I really need it and want it or will just end up getting rid of it within a year.

    • I haven’t started my winter/summer clothes switch yet, but when I do, I too will have some bags for Goodwill and/or the Salvation Army!

  2. Hi Grace, what minimalism book and/or blog are you reading? Just curious because minimalism has always been interesting to me. I feel like I may be one of the people who hoard stuff and are neat about it! Although I did just get rid of my truck and I have to say it feels great to not have a giant car payment every month!

  3. Love the idea of the Minimalist Experiment and am willing to give it a try. Perhaps it’s just because it’s perfect timing for me during a move – but definitely a great time to pare down and declutter.

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