Let me start this post by saying, I have not always been on a minimalism kick. Honestly, I was extremely skeptical of the whole movement at first. I like to shop, I like nice things, and minimalism was definitely not something that EVER crossed my mind. Now is the time I should also mention that I have always dealt with extreme anxiety, and, at times, bouts of depression.
I don’t remember why, but one day when I was feeling extra anxious (I think my husband and I had just had an argument about my spending habits) and I stumbled upon the documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. I am, normally, more of a "Parenthood" type binge watcher but at this moment I felt inclined to give this documentary a try, and after 30 minutes I was hooked. The movie did a great job of explaining exactly how I was feeling. I have always been a driven person, and I realized that I equated success with how many things I could buy; a new home, new car, shoes, bags etc. Ironically, the deeper I dug myself into a hole the more anxious and depressed I was. Finally, it all clicked.
As with anything, I went from zero to 100 after watching that; purging my closet, books, small kitchen appliances...you name it. If there was a piece of clothing I hadn’t worn it in a couple of seasons it was put in our spare bedroom to see if I missed wearing it. If I did not I sold it. Anything we didn’t use or that didn’t bring me joy was tagged for either sale or giveaway. After a couple of months I was shocked to find that I didn’t miss one thing. I actually felt like a weight had been taken off of my shoulders, and the anxiety started to subside.
I want to make it extremely clear that this is still a massive work in progress for me. Without question, I have a long way to go but watching the documentary, and starting to practice a little minimalism here and there, has been great for me personally. The further I follow this path the more freedom I feel. It has been a life changer for me, and I am excited to share my journey with all of you in the hope that you can gain something beneficial from my experience