About a month ago I woke up one morning, took a quick survey of my one-room dwelling and realized something that shook me up…I had way too much crap! People close to me know that I have never been much of a collector of anything. If pressed, I would definitely label myself a ‘minimalist,’ however, looking around my apartment told a different story…a story that made me uneasy.
It all started about a year into my last relationship. I began to feel like I needed more to make my place more comfortable/normal for my then girlfriend, so I started accumulating stuff…couch….desk….(I had a bed already)…T.V. (the motivation for this is a different, long story)…etc.
When we parted ways a year and a half later, I felt burdened with all of my new possessions. While comfortable, they brought a certain sadness that I could not seem to shake, so, one day, I decided to dispose of them. I combed through all of my papers, hard copy photos, trinkets, etc. and took pictures of the things that I wanted to see again and then dumped it all. The loose papers were tough enough, but getting rid of big items was even more challenging. It’s eerie how attached we get to these things. I had an internal debate for at least two weeks about whether or not to get rid of this or that piece of furniture, but in the end, it all went, except my television/PS3 player that is (I’m a movie junkie).
I know it isn’t for everyone, but my new ‘spartan’ living suits me nicely, at
least for the time being. I no longer trip or bump into random things that most people are able to avoid, it’s easier to clean, and it feels a lot more spacious, which is a definite plus when you are living in a 34sqm apartment.
If you ever want to give it a try, be tough. It’s human nature to want to
hold on to things, even if those items that have long outgrown their usefulness. I will give you a tour of the rest of my palace another time, but until then, I urge you to get rid of the clutter in your house/life and see if it doesn’t free up your mind a little. I hope all of you have a great day!