recently, autumn shared her story of choosing minimalism through our share your story page. we couldn’t wait to pass it along to you:
I started on this path several years ago after picking up a book by Don Aslett. He was way ahead of this clutter curve and approached it humorously. He would point out things that made you laugh. After devouring his books, I started to look at my own stuff. One of the first things I did was to clean out my linen closet. At that point I had an apartment with one bathroom and had 7 sets of matching shower curtain/towels etc. I had a collection of just about everything. I donated over 2,000 books and so much more.
I have to say I did that all none too soon as within a very short time, I lost both parents. They were depression era children. They lived in different states, but their homes were twin hoard homes. Then I lost my brother who had a home full also. After having to clean these homes, I was so depressed/upset that there was so much! Garages that you couldn’t walk in, even full sheds and attics. Everything had emotion tied to it. My brothers home was the hardest.
I only had a finite amount of time to empty these places due to having to go back to work. So alot went to charity and alot came home with me. My home, by this time, was large with a garage. Yet, I couldn’t even walk into the garage because of their belongings and I had boxes in the living room to the ceiling. It took a couple of YEARS to get it to a manageable state due to things like still having to work full time etc. It also took so long because of the 3 homes piled in with mine. It was also slow due to the sentimental attachment.
I don’t believe I could have gotten through it all if I had not already embraced a drastically simplified lifestyle and purged my own belongings beforehand.
It was a long process to let go. Through it all, I determined to never leave someone with the job of cleaning up my mess.
I have learned that it is an ongoing process, that things will creep back if you do not watch for them. Now I feel better with less. It is funny, if you have a closet stuffed then clean it out, you can feel the difference. Even with the door shut, you can feel empty space, it is a good feeling.
autumn, thank you for sharing this very personal story with us. we hope it will encourage others to embrace minimalism.