I have been reading/listening several books about minimalism lately:
- Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
- Everything that Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
- Be More With Less by Joshua Becker
- Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver
I’m inspired to start the journey myself. I want to experience what the authors experience – described as lightness, spacious, flow. At the beginning their journey is about minimizing physical clutter, but sooner or later their life is also positively affected. Without the weight of stuff they were able to move on from the job they didn’t like, lose weight, eliminate debt, travel, etc.
I’m amazed by how easily I accumulate things. I remember when I just moved to Jakarta, I moved in to my rented room with only 2 travel bags. Now, 15 years later, I got so much stuff that I have to buy more stuff to put the stuff in!
Why is it so easy for me to let things stay in my life? Why is it so hard to let things go? I think it boils down to indecisiveness. Not deciding what to do with a thing at the first place, but rather let it hang in status quo. All these undecided things piled up. Example – a pair of shoes that turned out not really comfortable. Instead of deciding what to do with it (eg: give away? Sell? Discard?) I just let the shoes sit there, gathering dust.
So I push my self to be more decisive about my stuff. I started to discard & give away more things. I sorted through my wardrobe, and weed out substantial amount of clothing. I gave away some bags, shoes, kitchen utensils etc. I notice the more I train myself to let go, the easier it becomes.
I’m still a long way to go from a clutter-free, minimalist state, but I’m on my way. How about you? Are you interested at all in simplifying & minimalism?
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