My minimalist challenge is done, however…I did hint at the fact that I was having a few stray thoughts about continuing into the new month, just to see how far I could go.
Well I was having a bit of a text-a-thon with a good friend late last night, who was very much in the “I’m not going to commit to a full month of ditching” basket, back in May. But it seems she has not only embraced the concept and done an extraordinary amount of work clearing out her home throughout June, she also says that it feels so much better than she thought it would, and she has created some new house rules regarding what’s allowed into the house as well. Everything new must have a predetermined place and purpose. It sounds obvious, but if you really think about it, we do buy some things for no particular reason, and with no thought as to where they’ll eventually end up. This thought crosses my mind more often now as I think about my ageing parents. Dad has informally started his own continuous cull, and it’s an absolute necessity. It’s inevitable that you can’t hold on to all of your things forever, and you also can’t indiscriminately just keep buying…unless you want to end up on one of those desperate Hoarding shows on TV.
Often the main purpose of a purchase is to make us feel better in some strange sort of way. It’s the same reason we hold on to things. It’s a way of defining ourselves through our belongings. I am loved, I am beautiful, I have stunning clothes or I have a groovy kitchen. Sometimes the main purpose is to show that you have money, or at least you did have money before you bought the “thing”. The great part about minimalism is that it opens up the possibility of you becoming less focused on the “stuff” and more focused on the you and us. Everyone is all of those good things innately without having the possessions to prove it. I personally don’t have stunning clothes, but I am rich in spirit!
Anyway, this lovely friend did a bit of egging on, and I feel as though the gauntlet which was already half way to the ground anyway, has hit the earth. I’m going to drift through July ditching at my leisure knowing that each day it’s a choice I make.
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