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Minimalism is defined as a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. I never thought of myself as a minimalist before but lately I just can not deal with all of the clutter!! Clutter in my house, clutter in my head, clutter everywhere! I am pretty much the opposite of a hoarder, I am the person who throws stuff out and then later wonders what happened to it…oops….but lately I have just been feeling extremely overwhelmed.
I am a 33 year old single lady with a dog and I live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with a huge yard. I currently live about 30 minutes away from my job and so that equals a lot of driving time which I usually don’t mind but lately it has just gotten old. Why did I need such a large house for just myself? And why did I need a large yard that I don’t even mow or keep up myself. The honest answer is that I don’t!
I have been cleaning out my house room by room and giving away things and selling things like a crazy woman and you know what? It feels good. I think my next step is to get it ready to put on the market and sell it. I would really be most happy with a small apartment that requires zero upkeep and is a lot cheaper than my mortgage payment. I want to get rid of most of my stuff and live with zero clutter.
This will mean a huge purge of items and I can’t wait!! The one thing that really freaks me out is parring down my book collection. I read most things on my Kindle now but I love the feel of a real book in my hands. I have a ton of books but they are really just sitting around. I love to decorate with them so I will definitely be keeping my faves but the others will have to go. That will be a sad purge. Books I am definitely keeping? Harry Potter series (duh), all my Candace Bushnell, Jodi Picoult, and Nicholas Sparks books. For sure.
I am also nervous about purging my closet. Don’t get me wrong, I purge my closet all the time but I am literally still holding on to my senior prom dress, my letterman jacket, two FFA jackets, and my high school graduation cap and gown, and other sentimental things that I will never wear again. So do I keep them for sentimental reasons or get rid of them?
I have been seriously been thinking about doing a capsule wardrobe. Let’s be real, when I am not in scrubs for work I am in lounge clothes so I don’t wear “real clothes” often so I don’t think that would be a big deal but I am such a huge impulse clothes hoarder. I literally have 12-15 plain black short sleeve shirts. Why? No clue. If I find them at a good price I buy them. Not because I need them but just because. There is no need for all that.
So that’s where my mind has been lately. Get rid of all the stuff. Sell my house. Get a small apartment close to work. Needless to say I have been a little stressed but I think this will be a smart move for me. Did I forget to mention that I already bought a new couch to replace the two giant couches I have in my living room currently? Yeah, I am already planning my new apartment out! I can’t wait!!
What are your thoughts on minimalism??