This blog post is part of my new series dedicated to minimalism. So let’s get started! – Why minimalism?
Everything started last summer when with my mum and my brother went on a vacation for a few days in Gabrovo.
We stayed there less than a week so I’ve decided to pack just the most important things and two t-shirts, one pair of skirt and shorts. Everything was fitting in my backpack.
Our stay there was fantastic! People were awesome, the city was beautiful and the hotel was pretty nice.
But when I got home in Sofia with my backpack on my shoulder I entered my house and realized that I had too many things! I’ve started inspecting every corner and every drawer but it was getting harder and harder for me to accept this!
I was wondering how to clean and do it long term. I was going to sell or give away stuff but would it stay that way from now on?
Then I’ve decided that the clean up will start from my habits and my thinking. I spent time analyzing every single thing – why have I bought it and am I happy that I have it?
Unfortunately, nowadays it is very easy to be pressured by social standards to have more and more new items, only to be “relevant”.
Next step was to be inspired again and to think about my favorite to – do’s! But because of my work, debt and university I’ve stopped doing. You can imagine this whole tension and never ending circle, I easily forgot what were my plans and dreams when I was a little girl! I wanted to draw, to travel, to eat clean food, to be happy, to live closely to the nature and to make my living while doing that!
Because I love doing lists that was my approach I sat down and wrote down all of the things that I’ve been putting away but were important for me. (To have a blog, to make pictures, to make cool things while using graphic design and ect.)
After that I’ve realized how I was so behind with my “plan” and I was not happy at all!
Then I’ve decided that I have to start doing things and my first task was to change my morning routine. I’ve started getting up early and started doing what I loved! So I’ve noticed how from the first day my life started to change!
Minimalism for me is not a strange place where you live without furniture, without pleasure and without your favorite things. Instead this is the place where you are surrounded only by objects, people and thoughts that you like and you are delighted by.
- I recommend to sit down one day and to think what makes you happy?
- What are the things that you love and can’t live without?
- Think about you dream home or job!
- What you have to change to make your dreams come true?
Think about the things that you buy, don’t buy just because it’s on sale! If you don’t need them now don’t buy them! Do you buy items to make yourself happy, but you don’t use them afterwards?
I’ve done that! I bought so many things because I was confused .. I thought that when I buy them my life will magically change and I will become happy and complete!
The first step towards minimalism aka calm and tidy life is to limit external factors that pressure you to do something a certain way and to possess something just because it is “cool”.
Listen to your own voice, you know best what is important for you and work in that direction!
The summary is: try to understand and analyze your thoughts and actions. This lifestyle will allow you to live as you wish, while also you feel good and fulfilled.
Think about the factors that stop you, consider how you can overcome them. 🙂
Next week’s article will be devoted to various cleaning methods and how to make sure that you and I never accumulate house full of unused items again.
Do you like this article? I’ll be glad if you comment below. 🙂
I’ll be very happy if I somehow managed to help you to live better than yesterday. 🙂