Minimalism isn’t about only owning a hundred things. It isn’t about having glossy white furniture and living in a lofty apartment. It isn’t about being able to pack your worldly contents into a backpack and head off into the sunset. It can be that, but it doesn’t have to be.
I never thought I’d call myself a minimalist. I was the girl who liked to collect things, who kept things just in case, who couldn’t bear the idea of waste and throwing anything away. To be honest, I’ve always been more of a hoarder than a minimalist. But when I began to go down the path of plastic-free living and zero waste, I came to see that zero waste living wasn’t so different from minimalism at all.
For me, it comes down to the idea of “enough”. Of having only what I need and will use. If I own things and don’t use them, how is that anything other than a waste of time, space and resources?
I changed my perspective. For me, minimalism and zero waste go hand in hand. I consume less, sort less, tidy less and stress less. I have more time, and more energy, for the things that I truly love to do. I choose experiences over things. I choose people over stuff. I’m learning to be grateful and content with what I have and who I am, rather than always chasing the elusive “when” and “if”s.
Getting Started with Minimalism
Letting go of stuff can be hard. It wasn’t something that happened overnight for me. It took time. Here’s some helpful articles you might find useful if you’re just starting out:
- I used to think that decluttering meant waste. Now I realise that letting go of things I don’t need, and making them available to others is the opposite of waste. Can Decluttering be the Opposite of Waste?
- We’re taught to want more. To want bigger. To want better. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself what you’re really chasing, and if it is worth it? Stop chasing and start living.
- What living out of a suitcase taught me about my relationship with stuff (and what “enough” means to me): Suitcase minimalism and what I’ve learned.
I’d love you to read my free eGuide Enough is Enough: 18 Ideas for Embracing a Life with Less Waste and Less Stuff. It’s an entree of ideas for living with less, and explores my thoughts on the ideas of minimalism and zero waste a little more.
Click the pic to get your copy :)
Useful Posts about Decluttering and Minimalism
- Have you reached “Peak Stuff”? 6 Tips for Letting Go
- 5 Lessons on “Enough” Learned from Minimalism
- 6 Things Minimalism Taught Me About Tidying
- 5 Decluttering Tips for Letting Go (What A Difference a Year Makes)
- Don’t Get Organised, Get Less.
- Have Experiences, Not Stuff
- Can You Be Zero Waste and a Minimalist?
My Personal Transformation from Hoarder to Minimalist
Yes, it can be done! It wasn’t an overnight process, and it wasn’t always easy, but I’ve learned to let go. That didn’t mean sending all my stuff to the landfill site either. Decluttering with a conscience might take longer, but it’s possible if you care enough about waste.
- What This Single Wardrobe Item Taught Me About Minimalism
- From Decluttering to Done: can this one step make all the difference?
- 5 Excuses that Stopped me Decluttering (here’s what happened when I stopped listening to them)
- A Zero Waste Minimalist House Tour (Yes, Hoarders Can Change)
Struggles from the Early Days
If you’d like to read about struggles from the early days, see for yourself that these things do not happen overnight, and maybe laugh a little at my expense, here are some blog posts from the archives… ;)
- My very first public attempt at conscious decluttering back in 2013: My 100 Things Challenge
- The result of that challenge: My new minimalist living space (the confessions of a hoarder)
My wardrobe dramas:
Want to Dive Deeper?
If you’re keen to embrace a life with less, and want to dive in headfirst, I’ve put together a comprehensive resource with all of my experiences, tips, and made a step-by-step plan.
It’s a complete guide to decluttering and letting go, even if you find it hard to part with things and hate waste. Plus there’s a whole section devoted to letting go of things responsibly. No need to send stuff to landfill just because you don’t need it any more. It’s called
Hoarder Minimalist: find out more here.