Something I have always been on the edge of is, minimalism. Never been big on a lot of stuff or things. Up until very recently when I bought a bed to sleep in, everything I owned would fit into the back of my car.
I do drive a Chevrolet Suburban which has a little more trunk space than the average human has, but still, it all fit! Which was awesome for my lifestyle of not really knowing where I want to be or what I want to do.
Why do I want to become a Real Minimalist?
Van life. #VanLife. Living in a van. Making a van my home.
I know that many people reading this know about my desire to live in a van. Wanting to have a small house on wheels will allow me to live the life I want. Be more free to travel, be less weighed down by items I own. So many benefits!
This is what starting my research into downsizing.
When doing research into the van life and how people live, I looked for documentaries and blogs. Hoping that following the lives of others, and learning what they do would benefit my journey. So far, it certainly has.
The minimalists have a book, a blog, a podcast and they go on tour. But where I first saw them was their Netflix Documentary.
Who are the Minimalists?
I feel like they can tell you better who they are. This is the Journey to Minimalism Blog post I have been following.
They have some seriously amazing resources on their website about how they do what they do and HOW YOU CAN DO IT TOO.
These two men were living your above average amazing corporate life dream out, making tons of money and building up lots of debt to buy all the things they though they needed.
Both of them saw that these things were not making them happy. They were not feeling fulfilled. So they did the research, and made the switch to have less and be better.
21 Day Challenge
One of their incredible resources is a blog post with 21 days with 21 categories and steps to teach you about the lifestyle. These tips are huge motivators, helping me realize how great life can be without all the things we think we need.
I have kept a journal through this process. Day by day writing down answers to their questions, reflecting on their ideas and putting ideas into action in my own life.
Eye opening is an understatement. They have really been able to show me what I put importance on and why. Asking the tough questions and pushing me to make the tough decisions.
This lifestyle is not for everyone and they are clear about that. But these steps can show you how to keep clutter out of your life in so many ways. Whether you go full Capsule Wardrobe, no car or house lifestyle. Or just help you clean out that junk drawer.
What I’ve Learned
Looking back on my journal has been amazing. Just to see how in these few short weeks I have grown, and begun to reflect on some of my own questions sparked by their ideas.
In the beginning it was simple. Evaluating the difference between a should and a must. Like I should hangout with my friends. Or I should go get a new shirt, coffee cup, blanket, vase, anything! Anything you don’t actually NEED is a should. But a must, these are the important things that need to be done.
I must drink more water.
I must spend less money.
I must dedicate my time to the things that bring me value.
It goes form simple and easy to wild and challenging really fast. I like that!
It takes 21 days to form a habit and 90 days to establish a lifestyle. So this journey has been 21 days and my journey to wellness I set at 90. These things that are important to me will come with dedication and sticking to what I want and need for myself.
In the next days you are planning, how will you make this work? What are you willing to do and sacrifice? Something like that woman on Netflix who makes you ask if all the things you own are “Sparking Joy” .
Exploring life’s essentials, who do you have in your life that supports you? That you love? Are you keeping the right company on a daily basis?
Decluttering both the junk drawer and your Instagram feed, your group of friends and your calendar! Are you doing things that bring you purpose?
Make sure each thing you do is helping you to grow, to reach that goal you have set yourself.
Set yourself up for success. Then take our the trash, the literal trash and then the things that you don’t actually need or use often. They have you pack all your belongings up, everything in a box like you’re moving. This is powerful because it allows you to really see all the crap you own your not using.
I am not an official Minimalist yet.
I do have a long way to go, I have a few days left of the 21 day challenge. But I also have two roommates and an apartment still. I am in the lease for a certain amount of months, after this ends than I will officially make the change in my life.
For now I am choosing to minimalize and declutter the rest of my life.
So if we aren’t friends anymore suddenly, and it happened in the last 21 days maybe you just weren’t helping me grow.
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