How I became a minimalist

My introduction to minimalism was not earth-shattering or heart-wrenching, for that matter. Rather, it was a bland and simple solution to an identified problem.

Clutter

I was never really bothered by the clutter around me. When I was single, I did not have to contend with anything but myself. Although I had a roommate once, there were only the two of us so we really did not accumulate much. Besides, we were only getting minimum wage back then so we did not have the extra cash to pay for anything else than our food, rent, and transportation.

When I got married and had kids, they became my reason for the mess around the house. And that was our situation for several years.

But one day in December of 2019, it seems I saw just how messy my house was for the first time. Well, to be fair, our house is tiny, so it would clutter up more easily than if we had a mansion. Still, it was like an epiphany for me. I saw the clutter and I realized I had to do something about it.

Introduction to minimalism

So my first thought of action was that I needed to clean up and organize all our knick-knacks. Thereafter, I got on to Youtube to learn all about organizing my things. I was watching an organizing video when I first saw the word minimalism.

I got curious so I played the video. The channel is Simple Happy Zen by Vera and I have learned a lot from her channel regarding minimalism.

After that initial video, I found out that there are a lot of other Youtube channels, blogs, and articles that talk about minimalism. I first thought it was a new trend, however, it turns out that minimalism has been around for quite a long time.

Minimalism as an art

For some people, minimalism is just aesthetics. White walls and empty spaces. Simply just an art.

However, minimalism as a lifestyle is far from this superficial description. A more in-depth definition of minimalism is provided by Joshua Becker as follows:

“At its core… (minimalism) means intentionally promoting the things we most value and removing everything that distracts us from it”

For that reason, I am glad that my introduction to minimalism was as a lifestyle. Otherwise, I may not have embraced and adapt to it as a new way of living.

Minimalism during the pandemic

In the months following 2019, I slowly adapted to becoming a minimalist. Furthermore, I took my sweet time deciding what to keep and what to let go of. And that is after a few declutter here and there.

It was when the pandemic set upon as all that my journey to minimalism got fast-tracked.

For sure, we all faced certain issues during those critical months of the lock-down. In spite of all the negative effects of the pandemic, some positive also came out of it. For one, the isolation made us undergo a lot of introspection and self-analysis.

Also, the pandemic made us appreciate the things that we already have. These ponderings helped me to fully commit to minimalism.

It also helped me define what minimalism is. For me at least. It is the appreciation and use of what you already have. There is no use having 5 pairs of jeans when all you wear is just one. And surely there is no need to add another pair because you think you lack options by always going for that one pair of jeans.

All about the journey

For sure, my journey to being clutter-free is still a long way from my minimalism goal. But as often quoted, it is about the journey, not the destination.

And because it is the subject of my blog site, if I may add, it is all about our new beginnings in self-improvement and the transition to a better individual.

As always, your thoughts and suggestions are welcome in the comments below.

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