I will probably only ever be a ‘mild minimalist’ or a ‘minimalist in progress’. I’ve been trying to let go of things that don’t add value to my life, to ‘declutter’, so to speak.
My progress so far has been good. I’ve donated/recycled 5 bags of clothing and reduced my wardrobe by 40%. I donated 8 pairs of shoes, reducing my shoe collection by half, I only have 3 shoes on heavy rotation now, while the others ones are for winter or special occasions. I’ve donated all my unused nail polishes to a women’s therapy group, now I only have 3 colors that I frequently use (various shades of nude and cream). I gave away a large box of random ‘knick knacks’ (gifts, souvenirs, etc) that just took up space around my apartment. I gave my iPad to my dad because it was redundant. I stopped buying books on paper. I recycled all my excess tupperware in the kitchen. There’s still a lot more junk to tackle in my home, but in due time.
I am also more thoughtful about what I bring into my apartment and have slowed down my consumption quite a bit. Becoming minimalist isn’t all about decluttering and getting rid of things either. It’s also about buying only things that add value to your life, things that you will cherish and put into good use.
For example, I’ve been building a foundational wardrobe and find that I feel more comfortable in these clothes and wear them often. My last 5 purchases have been on heavy rotation and are pieces I can wear at home, at work, and going out. I’ve been focusing more on quality fabrics and good craftsmanship more than ever before too. And now, when I’m between two sizes, I opt for the larger size even though this is psychologically harder to accept. Clothes end up fitting better after a few washes and last longer in my wardrobe.
Becoming minimalist has felt like a natural maturation of who I am and feels like I’m just becoming a woman who knows what’s important and knows what she wants (or at least I’m trying to, haha). I am starting to feel less held down by stuff around me and more free to be me. I have less — but enjoy more.