Minimalism

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Things. Things everywhere. That is how I’ve been living my life since I purchased my townhome last year. It took me a good six months to fully unpack before I realized that the majority of the things that I own are not as important to me as I originally suspected. If anything, I have been more inclined to tossing out my stuff. And that is when Juan’s spring cleaning post came into play.

I have been a fan of Denise Linn’s, “Soul Coaching” for a very long time. I resonate with the program because it is centered around four elements: air, water, fire, and earth. The spring cleaning portion of this novel, or Air Week as Denise refers to it, is a super powerful part of the cycle that is so beneficial for the soul. The most important piece to remember is that this is not something that is exclusively for spiritual individuals. Cleaning your house from excess crap is single-handedly the greatest thing that you can do to clear your mental space. Because let me tell you suh’tin- the more crap that I found myself surrounded by, the more often I found myself becoming very anxious and anxiety ridden. Sure, my life has been more so stressful lately, but overall, I couldn’t quite pinpoint where that anxiety was coming from. I have been very conscious of my breathing patterns; I have tried to really channel my inner peace.  But here we are in late February, and still I was feeling imbalanced. Until I started throwing stuff OUT!

I had just read Juan’s post on spring cleaning part one when I concurrently started watching the minimalist documentary on Netflix. As I have said before and I’ll say it many-many-many times again, I am an extremist. If I see something that appeals to me, I will not just dip my toes into the water. I will jump in headfirst. Naturally, when I saw this documentary for the first time, my initial reaction was “Throw away the ENTIRE home. BURN it to the ground! BUILD a tiny house!” I immediately started going through my stuff, looking at what was salvageable, assessing what I realistically used on a daily basis or a regular basis. And what I have come to find is that, acting impulsively will burn you out fast! I conquered the junk drawer in our kitchen, and then declared defeat. Sometimes removing garbage from your life is just as exhausting as taking it in.

But I will say, I have been good with remaining steadfast in clearing out the clutter of my home, one weekend at a time. I have managed to remove probably a solid three quarters of my closet. I donated clothes that I wore maybe once, even if they were adorable and still fit. Realistically, I know me. Jeans. Tshirt. Done. I have sold lots of items through a local online source. (Bringing in some extra income, baybay!) So here I am, about a month after being reminded of Juan’s post, Air Week, AND watching this documentary, and I have managed to clear out a lot of excess nonsense.

But I know that the work is not over.

After my first round of decluttering, I took a look around, expecting to see a wide range of freedom and minimalization. Well, hot damn. That was not the case at all. In fact, I managed to ruffle up a few systems in the process so my house looks even more disorganized and cluttered. Like I said before, this is not a one-hour job for the week of heart. This process can take a very long time.

Ok. Take-away points:

  • Tackle one project at a time. Air Week can last more than one week. Do not overwhelm yourself. Burn out is REAL.
  • Celebrate your decluttered space! Sit back and appreciate your intentional decisions to donate and remove.
  • Watch Minimalism: A Documentary for inspiration or listen to the podcast. The OG Minimalists, Ryan and Joshua, seem like they’ve got a handle on this “intentional living” thang.
  • Journal and document your experience with decluttering. It’s incredible what you can uncover about yourself when you’re forced to identify what is most important to you.

Now, go forth, Spiritual frans. Go tackle that kitchen drawer.

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