All this time that I’ve been following blogs like Zen Habits, Elevated Simplicity, and A Walk to Simplicity, I never really thought that I fit into the “minimalist lifestyle.” I mean, I have a ton of crap, a ton of piles everywhere, and my life is in no way simple. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hoarder. My house does have a “cover” of being clean a lot of the time, but I do have my fair share of collections around the house:
But that’s not the only reason I haven’t considered myself a minimalist.
Some of my stuff I don’t want to get rid of. I don’t really desire to only own 100 things. I am not convinced yet that we need to move into a 1 bedroom apartment. And while we have greatly cut back on the amount of TV watching we do, I’m not ready yet to give it away entirely.
So it’s actually been about a year now since I stopped buying so much stuff.
Oh ok, I am still a little guilty here and there (like did I really need that extra pair of sandals???) but for the most part, I really have reigned in my spending. Like I’ve said before, Eric and I have a habit of asking each other when we want to buy something: “now is that a NEED or a WANT?” It really helps us keep things in check.
Ok so that’s ONE step towards simplicity, right?
Then another thing we have been doing is going through our stuff and slowly but surely getting rid of the extra stuff. We had a yard sale last summer and everything that didn’t sell either went on Craigslist or to Goodwill.
That’s another step, yeah?
I think I’m getting the hang of it…. This year, we plan to buy Adam Baker’s Sell Your Crap and really get rid of more crap. See, my biggest hang up with just giving everything away? I want to sell things that still have value and put that towards our debt. So yes I know, there is an attachment in there somewhere.
So what steps are you taking this year to become more minimal? Does anyone else out there feel like they have a hard time relating to the minimalist movement as well?