“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” -Albert Einstein
Being a minimalist is about SO much more than just reducing your personal belongings. Upon embracing this lifestyle of simplicity and removing anything from my life that was not important, meaningful, or useful, I began to feel more free than I ever had before. Free from consumerism, free from clutter, free from societal pressure, free from “stuff.” I was less stressed than I could ever remember being, I became more open to trying new things, I got more in tune with my own wants and needs, I grew.
Decluttering your material possessions is only a small fraction of the pursuit of simple, minimalist living. I quickly realized that I had a lot more decluttering to do in my life. It was finally time that I clean out ALL of my closets, both literally and figuratively. A very important step to being happy is letting go of things that no longer serve you, tangible and intangible. People, things, memories, mistakes. It is time to LET THAT SHIT GO. Are you ready? Do you feel as though there is anything that you need to purge from your life? Have you been struggling to find true inner peace and happiness? Are you weighed down by outside pressures, societal norms, status quos, etc.? Do you want to finally feel free? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then trust me, you are ready. You may not feel ready. You may be scared. But, take these steps now, and your future self will thank you.
Here are a few steps to take in order to clean out both your literal and figurative closets. These are all things that I have done over the past 10 months that have led to a dramatic increase in my overall happiness, health, and well-being. Maybe start with one action. Do one of these things, today. Then, see how you feel. (I bet you’ll want to do another one, and another one, and another one.)
- Go through your shoes. Think about when the last time you wore them was. Can you foresee the next time you will NEED to wear them? If not, donate them to a local church or clothing drop box. Someone out there needs them more than you.
- Turn all of your hangers in your closet backwards. After you wear a piece of clothing, place it back in your closet with the hanger facing the correct way. You will quickly notice how much of your wardrobe does not get touched for months at a time. After every season get rid of the clothes that you did not wear. Pass them down to family members, donate them, use them for DIY projects, or sell them.
- Get rid of any jewelry that you haven’t worn in the past 6 months: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches. Unless a piece of jewelry has a true meaning behind it, it is hard to justify holding onto it if you haven’t worn it in years. Donate it to a preschool for their dramatic play area, pawn the nice things, or pass them along to family members as heirlooms.
- Incorporate this trick into your home: every time you buy something, you must get rid of something else. This will cause you to really consider how much you need the thing you are about to buy.
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Only keep the things that are meaningful, useful, or important. BOOM.
(This shit might get a little deep, and definitely a bit uncomfortable. You don’t have to do it all right now. You don’t ever have to do any of it. But, I have a feeling you will be happy that you gave it a shot.)
- Say sorry to anyone that you have wronged in the past, no matter how long it has been. Clear your conscious of mistakes you have made so that you can learn to let go and move on.
- Get rid of toxic relationships in your life, cut off negative people. If there are people in your life who are not helping you grow, evolve, or progress then it may be time to reevalute your relationship with them.
- Say what you want to say, mean what you say, and always express what you want or need. Having open communication with the important people in your life makes life SO much easier. You cannot expect people to be mind readers, you have to express yourself effectively.
- Stop doing things just because they make other people happy. I am not saying be selfish and inconsiderate of other people’s feelings. What I am saying is, doing things that take away from your happiness just because they bring other people happiness is exhausting. You are allowed to say no, you are allowed to take care of yourself, you are allowed to make yourself happy.
- Commit time to helping others without expecting anything in return. Like I said before, this is not about being selfish. Helping people selflessly without any expectation of a reward turns out to be one of the best feelings in the world. It feels really fucking good to be able to help others who truly need it.
- Find hobbies that make your soul light up and never stop doing them no matter how busy life gets. Make time for your passions, make time to work on your dreams, make time to just have fun. Saying that you are too busy to do something is just an excuse, all it really comes down to is prioritization. We make time for what we find important. Where does happiness lie on your list of priorities?
Quickly, leave me a comment of one thing that you will do TODAY to clean out your closet. Include your email and I will gladly follow up with you in a few days to see the effect that this little change has had on your life. And remember, YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. You do… I promise.