I stumbled across the idea of minimalism while clicking through TED Talks (one of my favorite pastimes). I watched Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus' TEDx talk while I organized the contents of my desk junk drawer. I let it replay as I moved on to my kitchen junk drawer, then the kitchen cabinets. I perused their blog writings on The Minimalists between filling boxes to donate to Goodwill. It was one of those evenings when I was just in the mood for a good purge.
I get that way sometimes. I want to clean and purge, clean and purge. But this time was different. The notion of minimalism sparked a fire within me. I wanted to get rid of all the things, all the material excess, that was weighing me down. I wanted a life of more with less.
So I began to go through my belongings with a new sense of ruthlessness. Each item I came across in the coming weeks was subject to a greater level of scrutiny. Did I use it often? Did I love it deeply? Could I, should I, live without it?
Now, what started out as an evening of decluttering has turned into a journey towards minimalism. A shift towards a more purposefully curated home and intentionally motivated life. Already I've felt the shift in my life that pursuing minimalism has given me. I feel a sense of abundance, even over-abundance in my life. I want for very little. I am happy with what I already have. Each possession i relinquish brings a new lightness to my life.
I'm still not sure what minimalism will ultimately look like for me. It certainly won't look like Millburn's beautifully minimalist abode, or this family's zen wonderland. But I'm committing myself to an all-in attitude towards minimalism over the course of the next year, and I'm excited to see where it leads me.
Stay tuned for more posts about the details of my minimalist journey as I move from space to space, ridding myself of any and everything that doesn't add value to my life.