For about a year now, I’ve hemmed and hawed over taking the leap towards minimalism. I’ve always loved the idea of it, but I’ve also always been a collector and a treasurer (no, not in the government money sense, but in a “one who treasures items” sort of way.) I swear, when I was little I had a doll collection, a bunny statue collection, a marble collection, a rock collection, a stuffed animal collection- you name it, I probably hoarded it.
So if keeping stuff is in my nature, why change that so completely? Well, my curious friend, that is because I get easily overwhelmed. And clutter in the home (aka my bedroom because I live in my parents’ home) just piles more onto that snowball. The bedroom should be a place where you can let yourself relax. But I’ve been noticing more and more that I enter my room and it adds even more weight onto my shoulders. The pile of old magazines I wanted to go through, the storage boxes stacked to the ceiling in my closet, the little knick-knacks EVERYWHERE, it all adds up and makes me so overwhelmed and anxious.
So, I had to make a choice: do I sacrifice piles and piles of stuff I rarely touch, or do I sacrifice my calm in my own home?
Okay, so it wasn’t that easy a decision. There’s a bunch of sentimental childhood stuff I’m going to have to sort through, and I can’t keep it all. I predict that that will be the hardest category to go through. Luckily for me though, my mom has a “grandchild toy stockpile” already going, that has our (my siblings’ and mine) old favorite toys and books that she’s keeping for when we have kids some day. So I can keep the REALLY special stuff, but I will still have to part with lots of, you guessed it, stuff!
But, honestly, it’s time for me to make the leap. I can’t live like this anymore. Woah, dramatic much, Annie? Really though, I have to do this for my own mental well-being.
And yes, I have read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I will be taking the general message of it (that everything you own should be useful or bring you joy) with me upon this journey. But no, I will not be doing a one-week purge or starting to fold my socks ;).
So, give me your best beginner minimalist tips in the comments! And stay tuned for updates!