When I first heard about minimalism I thought that was nothing for me. People with just 100 things in their belonging?
Oh what was I wrong! Somehow I started to slowly buy less things and sort out all those stuff-filled corners of my home. I remembered reading about minimalism some time ago and I was curious again. I found out that minimalism was not at all about living with as less things as possible. It means a shift in meaning, not living for things but for experiences. This concept of minimalism spoke to me and since then I am trying to determine my very personal form of it.
I still have no idea how someone can live with just 100 items in their belonging. But I can understand why that is something one would like to achieve. For me it is about the question what I want to fill my life with. Do I always want to care about all the things? I have to clean them, arrange them, pay for them, they just suck up so much time and money! I don’t want to have anything in my life that I don’t find to be beautiful or useful. How many hours do I need to work for this? What time would it cost me to own a car or a bigger flat? It became clear to me that the things I owned started to own me.
I gave away a lot of my books I read as a teenager. Out of maybe 100 books there are 10 left I really couldn’t part with. Did I miss them since? Not a single moment! Another example is my closet. I don’t know anymore how much clothes and shoes I gave away. Do I miss them? No! I am so happy I only have those things I love in my closet!
I am thankful I stumbled across minimalism, it enriches my life in so many aspects.
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