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Spending money was being a jerk; it was time to move on. Minimalism was my rebound relationship. Yet, we are still going strong as I spend less to live more! And we all lived happily ever after…. Or something weird like that.
Breaking up with spending was a great way to fast track minimalism because it meant I had to dump things like mindless purchases, clutter anxiety, and financial worry.
Joy, space, and financial security are a few of the rewards I have received with minimalism.
The Art of Breaking Up
Minimalism as with anything new was a tough change. I had been forced to live as a minimalist, compliments of the United States Navy, and I rebelled by buying.
As with any lesson that sticks, I had to learn the hard way.
After years of disappointment from partying, fast-food excess, and shopping sprees – it was time to break up with a relationship that had become toxic.
As I traveled on the bumpy breakup road, I met minimalism.
Minimalism encourages me to live intentionally. It’s a way to express love, instead of defaulting to things that don’t add value.
I am trying to remove what I don’t want to spend my time and money on. I want to live more intentionally with time, money, and fewer belongings. Apparently, this is how I decided to opt in on adulting.
The Start: The Hardest Part
As with anything new, I started easing into this relationship slowly with clothes.
Clothes were easy for me because I had a lot but I didn’t wear a lot. I used the 20/80 rule; I kept 20% of my clothes that I wore 80% of the time.
This is my magical ratio. I focus on 20%. I have limited resources and focusing on the 20% allows me to conserve energy and time for what matters. This ratio has been useful for decluttering but it has also helped with other areas like work, writing, cleaning the bathroom….so many possibilities!
After I declutted my clothes, I gradually moved to harder areas like books, home décor, and eventually digital pictures.
It has been a long process but it’s one that has built small milestones along the way. These milestones have served as a reminder of where I began but also, that good relationships take a little effort every day.
I would say I have decluttered about 75% of my belongings. Aww, that’s so cute!
Worth The Wait
Liberating is a good word to describe the happy endorphins I get from getting rid of stuff.
Is it the exercise from decluttering? Probably. Perhaps it’s having more space which feels like living in a fancy home décor magazine. Hopefully.
The feeling is addicting. I love that sugar high feeling that comes gliding in from purging goods from my home and mind. Instead of being a museum curator where I dust, catalog, and maintain a million items, I can do fun things like draw, hike, or work on my Life List. Is this that what it means to live the dream?
Life is short.
How did I plan on spending it? When I’m not in Coronavacation, I spend 40 hours a week at work. Good thing I love my job as a Park Ranger!
I am left with 24ish hours on the weekend. How do I want to spend my time? Spoiler Alert: it doesn’t rhyme with cleaning or maintaining.
These are activities I prefer to replace with soul sucking adulting: going for a run by the river where I can watch geese heckle each other. Laughing at myself as I try to twist my tongue into a new French word. Crafting letters into something that someone will find pleasing to read.
Spend less to live more has been my infrequent motto. It’s something to value and invest in, frequently. My life is worth more than how much I can spend.