I’m a minimalist at heart but not in real life. Too many choices (more than three) fluster me and I get anxiety when the house is messy. Yes, I enjoy a clean house, as most women do, but it’s deeper than that. I became intrigued with minimalism after watching an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. She teaches people how to declutter and bring happiness back into their homes. Marie helped me realize that I needed to make some changes.
A minimalist is a person who has only what is required or essential. My desire for minimalism is strong yet I’m so far from achieving this goal.
So where to start? Clothes! My initial thought was that I needed to throw out half of my wardrobe–keeping only essential pieces. I used to follow a girl on Instagram that said she rotated 10 pieces of clothing for an entire year and no one noticed. What! I can’t even imagine. It seems like a level of liberation that I can only dream of.
As I started to clean out my drawers and closet I soon realized I had an emotional attachment to my clothes, even if I’d never worn them. What type of emotional attachments, you ask? Well, I have a striped jean blazer and matching skinny jeans that I haven’t worn since 2004 but decided to keep because when I did wear it, it was cute! What’s wrong with me!?!? And it only got worse from there…
Never-the-less, I knew that even if I couldn’t get rid of the majority of my clothes, I could let a few things go so that’s what I did. About 15% which is a small step in a greater desire for liberation from things that don’t bring me happiness. Goodbye one trash bag of clothes!
Do you have things you need to get rid of?