Are you an aspiring Minimalist? What are some of your biggest struggles and dilemmas in letting go of some of your personal belongings?
Ever since I discovered Marie Condo method of decluttering and watched minimalist travelers on YouTube that could fit everything they own in one backpack, I was really inspired to go through my stuff regularly and slowly get rid off more. I have found that the more I did it, the easier it was to detach from material things and figure out what I truly want/need in my life. Back in 2017. I traveled to Thailand for a month and I managed to pack in one not that big backpack so I can say I was really living that minimalist lifestyle.
For a very long time I didn't collect anything, my beauty and makeup products were pretty minimal, I even sold or donated all my books even though I love to read... Clothes has always been a little bit tricky as we have four seasons here where I live but I managed to donate, recycle and even sell a good amount of my clothes. I was doing pretty well but for the past year and a half a lot of things have changed...
Two years ago I started listening to K-pop and even though I was really into the music, I wasn't buying any K-pop related stuff as I thought I was too old for that, lol. Then at the end of 2020. I won a K-pop album in a giveaway and the moment I opened it and had it in my hands I knew it will be the start of a collection. Since then I won two other giveaways, bought stuff myself and even received some as gifts. Not really a minimalist move, right? I feel like it's going to be the same with books as now I do own three - I got one in November for my birthday, one in February as a gift and third one I bought as an Easter gift to myself. I don't know if it's the fact I stepped in my thirties that makes me want to own this stuff but for some time I was really beating myself up for owning more things and falling off that minimalist inspired lifestyle.
Next thing that made me fall off the track of a more simple life was when I started doing Avon catalogue sales in December last year. I was never collecting or accumulating products because my beauty and makeup routine was always very simple and I was never really interested in trying a bunch of products that could possibly go to waste. But since Avon, I started ordering things for myself as they always have some discounts and all of I sudden I was more interested in experimenting with products. Recently I pulled out all of the body, hair and skincare products I own, put everything on the desk and got a real picture of the situation. Since then I am controlling my purchases and focusing on using up some products I already have. It was definitely a reality check and I highly recommend decluttering by category, piling up everything in one spot. I do this with my clothes as well and soon I'll do another round just before summer starts.
These are some areas I have been struggling with a little bit... I was kind of disappointed in myself when I looked back and realized that over the past year and I half I brought in all these things into my life as my goal for years was to get rid off more than I bring in. On the other hand, there are areas of my life that I have been keeping minimal or should I say what is minimal to me. I know for sure that I will not give up on my K-pop and book collections anytime soon as they bring me so much joy but who knows... maybe some day I will be able to let go of at least some of them. When it comes to products and clothes, I think I can make more progress in those areas - use up/donate/recycle/give away/sell and be more aware of what I need/love to use. I think it's a lot easier for me to get rid off something that expires or that is broken rather than something that is still in good condition as that always feels like a waste.
Thank you so much for reading my ramble about aspiring minimalist struggles, writing this was also a form of reflection for me and it inspired me to do another check in with my material belongings soon. Have a great day everyone!