So, I finally did it. I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. I avoided watching for close to a year, mostly because I knew exactly what was going to happen if I did. So it loomed in My List on Netflix, and I ignored it. Until finally, last Saturday, I was bored and lazy but wanted to watch something with substance.
Yeah, I cleaned out my entire apartment during and after watching it. First of all, why did I have SO many wooden spoons? I literally don’t know where they all came from.
I don’t know if other people feel this way, but my head feels so much clearer when my apartment is clutter free. I just feel more accomplished when I don’t have a lot of stuff. Even though I procrastinated on work while organizing that stuff. Oh well.
If you have thought about jumping on the minimalism bandwagon but are unsure of it, or too lazy to start it (so fair, omg), try it with a small space in your house, l ike your medicine cabinet, and see if it’s for you.
About a month ago, I cleaned out my wardrobe and in my post Finding Your Style, I talk about stashing the clothes that you can’t let go of but feel you should for about a month. This goes for anything really. Stash it away and see if you use it, if you don’t and that item isn’t bringing you any joy, chuck it. (Actually please donate it or give it to a friend, too much waste in this world to get rid of perfectly good things.)
The subjects in this doc The Minimalists, have a really cool way of looking at it. They did a tour where they lived out of a single bag for like 9 months. I low key want to only own enough belongings to fit in one bag. I just love the idea of being able to pick up and go whenever I want (this coming from the girl who has never lived anywhere other than Winnipeg).
I do find I have less cleaning to do and it takes me less time to get ready when I only own the stuff I actually use. It also leaves me with more money to either purchase better, more sustainable products, or save more money.
I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on minimalism. It’s something I will always try and practice, it’d be great to discuss any insight or questions!
Album listened to while writing: About Time by Sabrina Claudio
Photos by Sarah Dorweiler & Alexa Mazzarello