david recently shared the story of his journey to become minimalist:
My minimalism began just recently (about 9 months ago), but I’ve actually been building towards it my whole life without even realizing it.
I’m only 21. As a kid I lived in a decently sized house with two brothers, my mom and my dad. We had a lot of stuff. We had several bookshelves full of movies, an entire basement that was so full of toys and games that it was impossible to walk through, several TVs, lots of furniture, shelving, decorations and the like. I have always been an organized person. When I was seven I organized the basement so it was walkable, but that only led to obtaining more junk that again filled the floors.
When I was sixteen, we traveled to Georgia to remodel my grandmother’s kitchen for Mother’s Day. I had never actually seen her house until then. My grandmother is a hoarder. She has newspapers from before I was born, more furniture than could fit in three houses, trinkets and nick-knacks, most of which are broken. This horrified me. I attempted to clean as much of her house as I could. I only got to one room, the living room, and all I could do was rearrange so there was walking space.
When I moved out at the age of eighteen, I had very little. I got a job that allowed me to get everything I ever wanted and still have money left over. The problem was, I had no idea what I wanted: just that I wanted it. I wound up with three closets worth of clothes, enough dishes for three soup kitchens, and TONS of decorative items. I had six sets of bed sheets, two printers (one of which was a $200 dollar address label printer), and a collection of pens that could fill an office building.
Then I moved.
It took me three days to move all the stuff, and another three days to unpack it. My new apartment is a bit smaller (but nicer) than the one I was living in before, and I didn’t have a place for basically anything. My credit card debt was also piling up by this point.
I first started to get rid of clothes that I didn’t want or need anymore. I then did the whole closet. After realizing how satisfying getting rid of excess was, I systematically went through every room, getting rid of decor, furniture, pens and the like. I took all my compact discs and ripped them on my computer, and got rid of the hard copies. I got rid of my 2 cd players and purchased surround speakers for my computer.
I am about to move again. My friend and I went through everything I had in my apartment- I can now move everything (excluding furniture) in 14 apple boxes. My credit card debt is also gone- and I’ve got a building savings account. I also spend less time cleaning and reorganizing, because there’s almost nothing to clean or reorganize. I come home and feel refreshed when I see all the space I have, and the very few but nice things I own.
No clutter, less stress. Some of my friends think I’m crazy, others have followed my path.
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