The week following my initial encounter with Joshua Becker, I became obsessed with the idea of minimalism. Every free moment was spent on blogs and YouTube, uncovering the truth behind minimalism and the art of decluttering. After days of this, I sat back in my kitchen chair and thought:
How did I let it get this bad?
And then another thought came to me:
I wish my apartment would burn down so I wouldn’t have to deal with all of this.
I could start with a clean slate.
Knowing that burning down my apartment was not the solution to my problems, I set to work, facing the daunting task of purging my past. I gave myself a goal to reach from the beginning: I wanted to be finished purging in 30 days.
Instagram ended up being the perfect accountability partner for me. every day I would post a photo of my progress. I was surprised to find that on days when I forgot to post a photo (only once or twice), I would get messages from people asking where “today’s minimalist post was”.
In the beginning, I was ruthless. Anything that I could take a photo of and chuck, I did. Anything that I was uncertain about, got tossed as well.
As I’m sure you’ve heard from many minimalists before this blog post, there is something so entirely freeing about getting rid of your stuff. I felt so much peace and free-ness, that getting rid of things has now become addicting. It’s right up there in my top 5 favorite feelings: the feeling you get after you get rid of something.
After about 4 trips to good will, I was able to get rid of about 10 large boxes, 5 smaller boxes, 8 garbage bags, and several loose items like furniture pieces.
THAT. IS. CRAZY.
And that doesn’t even count all of the bags that just went to the garbage.
I could never have imagined that I owned that much stuff. I’m still amazed by it.
What’s even crazier is that I had even more boxes of stuff at my parent’s place – about 6 boxes worth of stuff. I did eventually make it over there to clear out the stuff in their place, but that’s another story for another time!
Thanks so much for reading and good luck on your journey where ever you are in it!