wardrobe: the space between

ikea hangers(No, I’m not talking about that Dave Matthew’s song)

One thing I’m loving right now is the space between my hangers.

It was hard to believe that I actually had one of those magazine wardrobes where there’s an inch or two of space between each hanger, but after weeding out all the clothes I don’t wear, it happened.  It was achievable with just a 4 foot wide closet, two parallel rods, and 50 garments on wire hangers, which isn’t too extreme in my book.  The space between let’s us view all our clothes at once, and makes getting ready noticeably less stressful.  This makes something we spend time doing every day just a little bit easier.  If we add it all up, we’re talking about much less total stress in our lives.

[image credit: ikea hangers]

considered living: good read

good readsFor me, the hardest part about decluttering was letting go of gifts and sentimental objects that I  know I don’t need/want.  It’s easier with little objects but harder when a gift is large (and more obvious when it’s no longer in your home).  The struggle is an emotional one.  What will they think?  That I’m ungrateful, that I don’t care, that I’m a callous bad person? But don’t they say it’s the thought that counts?  After the moment you’ve shared your genuine appreciation, shouldn’t you be free to do what you want with the gift?  I felt conflicted, so I searched the internet to see if anyone else has ever wondered about this and found a great essay “on getting rid of gifts” from the guys at the Becoming Minimalist blog. Their conclusion was that most people would not notice or care and one should go ahead and let go.  And so I did, and instead of guilt, I found relief.

(relief:  your mind’s way of letting you know you did the right thing)

considered living: 2 good reads

good reads

There are so many inspiring bloggers out there writing about their experience living a simpler and fuller life.  So many are writing about minimalism, it’s even being called ‘trendy’, with some people subscribing to it like dogma, but for me it doesn’t strictly define my lifestyle.  In fact, it is something I rarely talk about in my personal life and if you knew me, you wouldn’t ever label me a minimalist.  My life is pretty ordinary, I still have a lot of junk in my apartment and still buy new things that I don’t need.  For me, minimalism is a pursuit, a process, and a guiding light.  And it’s about finding a balance that is still practical and realistic.  Since embracing minimalism, I find myself worrying about obtaining objects less, only investing in things I love, and feeling satisfied with what I already have.

Here are some inspiring reads by 2 minimalist boys from around the blogosphere:

becoming minimalist – He is able to articulate what’s so inspiring about minimalism beautifully and recommends some good reads every week on this recurring post.

zen habits – Also very beautifully written.  He writes about the “anti-bucket list”, on being more thoughtful about our life goals and feeling satisfied in doing less.