Almost 10 years ago I made the decision that everything I own had to fit in 2 suitcases. It was how my minimalist journey began.
I ended a marriage. I left everything behind me. I left what I have bought and accumulated for over 13 years. I left with two suitcases.
I live in a small apartment. Everything in my place has been given by some friend, because they did not want or need anymore. I have not bought a single fork. Once you live in a small space, you automatically develop a sense of organization, you do not (because there is no room for) collect things that “one day you might need”. You must keep things neat and clutter free.
I have clothes that I have been wearing for 25 years. And no, I do not look like crap, actually most of people think I spend a fortune in clothes. As a Personal Styling teacher, I say “less is more” and the secret is to optimize your wardrobe, creating different looks with a reduced but versatile amount of items.
Having little possessions give me a feeling of freedom. I like the idea that I am free to leave, anytime, whenever and it the time comes.
Minimalism is not Poverty
Do not get me wrong, I do appreciate beautiful things such as arts, interior design, etc., but I just do not have the need to possess things. I do spend generously money in food, I like to cook and I cook from scratch. I guess it has to do with a period of my life when I barely had money to eat. Now I feel so grateful that I can eat whatever and how much I want. Cooking is an art of meditation.
I recently watched the documentary “Minimalism” and feel related to the people’s testimonials. Somehow minimalism is in fashion right now, and it came to my mind that I have been living a minimalist lifestyle for a decade! Now I realise I am a minimalist!
My motto: “reduce • reuse • recycle”. Accumulate experiences, moments and not things. Be grateful for what you have and feel privileged for not needing many things. Find joy and plenitude in small ordinary things in life. Be compassionate, spread love and be generous with others.
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Our consumerism is a serious problem and the planet is paying a high price for it. Buy and use only what you need. Try to reduce your ecological footprint. Try to generate less waste.
“Too many people spend money they earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people that they don’t like.” ― Will Rogers
Minimalism & Freedom
Society’s materialism is unmaterialistic. We don’t buy things for what they are but for what they represent and how they make us feel. Once you make peace with who you really are and feel comfortable in your own skin, the opinion of others become less important. If you are your best friend and enjoy your own company, the need to belong to a group, be accepted or be recognized, are no longer a priority to you. The most important thing is to be loyal to yourself.
“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” – Jackie Koller
I am minimalist and I am rich. If you want to learn more about me, please visit my website.