Writing Challenge: Day 5

How might your life be better if you owned fewer possessions?

-The Minimalists

For my day 5 challenge, I am bringing it all the way back to my first blog post. A month ago, I made the decision to change my life. I looked around a cluttered mess of a room and made the same observation that I had made the day before (and the day before that, and the day before that, and…) “I hate this mess”. Several times I had organized the mess, finding temporary places for things, or shoving them into the closet behind a closed door. Not even a week later and it was back to a mess.

This time, I looked around and realized nothing was going to change unless I changed. The first step was removing my attachment to the items so I could remove the items. Clothes were the first to go, then old notebooks, then textbooks, then just random things. I cleaned and cleared and cleaned and cleared until I was pretty damn satisfied with my first round of elimination.

How was my life better with fewer possessions? I had a sense of fulfillment when I took two different trips for donation with a trunk and backseat full of stuff. I was able to sit at my desk and work for the first time in almost two years without stress. I started a blog. I enjoyed my time at home. I went on an adventure. I packed and took off in a matter of two hours (for myself and my cats) to start a cross-country trip for vacation.

In all of this time I haven’t once missed any of the items I donated. Not once have I gone to wear something and discovered I no longer have it. I found packing minimally has actually been really stress-relieving and I have yet to realize I need something that I didn’t pack. I have completely reduced my stress and mental clutter that once plagued me, sometimes even when I didn’t realize it.

Yes, my life has completely done a 180 since starting this journey, and my life is absolutely better with fewer things. I have space to focus on my values (and I even had the space to discover what those values really were). The only hard part was getting rid of the first item. After that, most everything went away with a breeze.

-LJ

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