I believe I mentioned earlier in the year that I had found a minimalist blog that was ticking all kinds of boxes for me. Well, my admiration for the idea of having ‘just enough’ has snowballed since then.
I find myself looking at piles of stuff I’ve used my hard earned money to buy with utter disdain. A glance across my room reveals at least 10 items I could purge instantly.Yesterday I realised I hadn’t stepped foot in a clothes shop this year. And, whilst I was fortunate to visit the house of some lovely strangers recently, seeing their devotion to multiple disciplines and the mountains (or shed loads) of stuff that came with that devotion left me in a cold sweat.
But it’s not just me. De-cluttering is in vogue. You can barely peruse
Buzzfeed high brow websites without stumbling across an article about famous Japanese de-clutterer Marie Kondo. Her idea that anything that doesn’t “spark joy” from within or that isn’t absolutely necessary should be thanked and thrown away is simple, yet apparently revolutionary.
Well I come to you with good news. My desire to not feel as though I’m drowning in my frivolous consumerism is really starting to pay off. Literally. This morning I made $290 from selling jewellery, clothes and accessories at a market.
And I can’t even remember what I sold unless I really think about it. I had mountains of ‘fun’ jewellery that i just loved waving goodbye to. I also have a couple of hundred dollars made from clothing consignment sales yet to be collected from friend’s shop. So i’m feeling richer and lighter all at once.
But that’s just my clothes. I need to purge cosmetics, endless bits of paper and just STUFF that seems to be lurking everywhere.
Here are some great links i’ve found on minimalism recently:
This living with less infographic explains how much time we work to shop and then maintain what we’ve bought. Frightening.
This list explains why duplicates are unnecessary (I only have one set of sheets and one towel- I win!) and why you need to actually purge instead of just re-organising over and over.
I’m also taking inspiration from the tiny but perfect apartment in Melbourne I stayed in last year.
Finally, if you want to shock yourself into de-cluttering look up the show Hoarders. It is truly the stuff of nightmares.
Clutter. How do you feel about it?