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People have a tendency to want more, bigger, and better. More stuff, a bigger house to accommodate all that stuff, and both the house and the stuff should be better than that of for example the neighbours. It’s all about keeping up with the Joneses. It has been that way for years – for decades even. But in the past few years, there seems to be a shift.
Where stuff used to be regarded as something to be proud of and to be acquired, it is now often viewed as something that weighs you down. When it comes to buying stuff, I use a simple rule: if it isn’t absolutely gorgeous or essential, I don’t buy it. I don’t want to spend my money and time on something that only brings me additional work or worry.
One step at a time
Even though this rule is simple, it doesn’t always work that way. At least, for me. It’s still a work in progress. Sometimes stuff just keeps creeping in. I get it from other people, or when I’m busy, I forget to clean up for a while and stuff starts to creep in again. It’s like the chicken and the egg: when I feel I have little time, I really do not want to spend it on cleaning or sizing down, but if I sized down already, I would not have to spend my precious time on cleaning anything.
Minimalism as this year’s goal
That is why I set one specific decluttering goal for this year: decluttering the attic. When I moved in with my boyfriend, his attic was completely empty. He really is a minimalist at heart, even though he doesn’t really realise it. I moved in from a large house and had been living on my own for about ten years, so I accummulated quite a lot of stuff. And even though I really decluttered before moving in, I was able to fill the entire attic. With stuff I don’t need and with stuff I probably do not want to drag around to another house, if we decide to move.
I want to use the gorgeous-essential rule to find out what I should keep and to just get rid of the rest. And I want to see what that will do: will it make me and my life lighter? I’ve experienced that before, but is there also a limit to the effects downsizing and minimalism can have?
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