I’m a minimalist and I love stuff

  
 If you’re a minimalist you must hate ‘stuff’ and owning ‘things’, right? I don’t think you could be more wrong. 

There is an idea that minimalism is an ‘anti’ movement, that you have to object to objects. But I don’t think that’s true and, as an aspiring minimalist, I’d go as far to say I love my ‘stuff’. 

In my previous life of buying binges, I would go home with armfuls of items that I liked, that I thought were alright, and lots of things I had convinced myself I needed. Very rarely did I actually love any of the things I had purchased.

Now we’ve spent over a year reducing the number of items we own, the amount of possession I have has dwindled considerably and I can honestly say the majority of the things that are left, the ones that survived the cull, are items I genuinely love or that are genuinely useful.

Reducing the amount of possessions I own means that I actually appreciate the things I have more than when I was spending willy-nilly. I am more considerate when I make purchases and make sure I have a genuine need for an item, not just an impulsive want.

I’m still in the process of getting rid of items and I know that there are still boxes and a part of my wardrobe to go through before I can say I’m 100% satisfied with the things I do own. For anyone that read about ‘our dirty little secret’, I can assure you the pots of paints and spare ladders are not on the to-keep list.

The further down the minimalist route I go the more I realise it isn’t about throwing out and donating (although that’s part of it), it’s about being more considerate about what I bring into our home and ensuring that everything I have, I love.

M

13 thoughts on “I’m a minimalist and I love stuff

  1. I think it’s ok to “love stuff”. Since attempting a more minimal lifestyle we have downsized and decluttered and we certainly take more care in what we purchase rather than making rash purchases that end up in a friend or family members home or the local charity shop. As a result I think what’s left in our home is either practical or loved. There are still some things we need however we are taking our time with such purchases and giving each item very careful consideration. Whilst wanting to have a more minimalist lifestyle I also need to be comfortable in my home and be surrounded by things I love.

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  2. Oh, I’ve definitely found myself thinking carefully about what I bring into my home. I just wish I could get my other half on board. Latest purchase? – one of those large exercise balls! I’m tempted to pop it.
    Do you mind me asking, are you both equally enthusiastic about minimalism or is one of you more of a driving force in the decision?

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    1. Hi Jules! I don’t mind you asking at all. Weirdly we both came to the realisation that we needed less about the same time, probably because we’d been living in a building site. Can imagine it would be quite difficult if one of you is keen to get stuff out of the house and the other is bringing stuff in. Maybe leading by example will help him come round to the idea of needing less. Failing that, pop the exercise ball!!! M

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  3. It sounds akin to the Marie Kondo ‘joy sparking’ principle, which I’ve certainly found very useful in helping to decide which items I am keeping – and then the rest should go (whether by donating, selling, recycling, binning) I am buying less – purchases are considered more and even if purchased, they may still be culled. (I recently bought a new silicone loaf pan, my old one finally having given up the ghost and no longer made (and not found on ebay as yet) – the new one has been tried and has not produced a joyful result. It will have a second – and maybe even third – attempt to double (triple) check – but will be donated to the CS if I’m not happy – it will not be given cupboard space as a ‘spare’ / ‘just in case’ 🙂

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    1. I’ve heard about Marie Kondo but not read the book/ tried the method. It does sound very similar though. It’s amazing how many things we just buy without thinking but sounds like you’re being more considered about everything Mrs G. M

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  4. More recently I’ve been focusing on what I want to keep rather than what I want to get rid of. It’s taking my decluttering to a whole new level! Even things I’ve been through two or three times I’ve suddenly realised I can let go of. Like cookbooks. We’ve probably got 5 that I can immediately identify as wanting to keep. The rest can go as far as I’m concerned!

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  5. That’s just it, minimising your home makes the things that are left stand out and you have more room to love them, for what they are and for what they offer you.

    I followed, and still do follow Marie Kondo’s method of decision making. It can seem strange at first asking ‘does this bring me joy’ but then you realise how sensible it really is, and the things we have left, thanks to her folding and storage tips are accessible at all times.

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  6. Like mindfulminimalismuk, I try to focus on what I want to KEEP rather that whay to get rid off. That particular mindset, made a lot of difference when I did my “pseudo packing party” earlier this year (in March if you want to check it out). I think thinking about it that way makes it more clear what things you absolutely don’t want to do without, and everything else is negotiable 😉

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