here at becoming minimalist, we love sharing the stories of regular people choosing to live a minimalist life. today, we’re posting sheila’s story who shared it with us through our share your story page.
Like many others, I have always admired minimalist spaces but saw minimalism as something that only a few select individuals could do – something that was not practical for the majority of people. I knew no minimalists personally, so I had not ever seen such a space in person and had no one to ask for practical advice or help.
For years, I have been reading decluttering books, including Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui to better understand why I keep things and learn how to let go. But I had not been able to make much headway until very recently.
I saw a review of a new book (Throw Away 50 Things) where the author suggested the best place to start is by throwing out or giving away fifty things and writing each one down on a list as you go. I tried it and made it to fifty items! It was as if I had reached a tipping point of some sort, and suddenly letting go of things became so much easier.
My husband and I are now preparing for a move, and it’s amazing how many things have moved with me several times in the past but have never been used. This time, it’s different. I have donated so many things, and after I’ve dropped them at the charity shop, I don’t miss any of the items.
I am hoping that my example will encourage my husband to shed much of his stuff, too. But I will be very understanding if he cannot do this to the extent that I have, because I know how many years it took me to get to this point.
I smile when I think of our eventual cross-continent move, which will cost so much less since we will have fewer possessions.
sheila went on to say, “I hope it will inspire others to try, even if they are like I was: wanting to get rid of clutter but having no idea where to start.”
we hope it encourages them too, sheila. thank you for sharing your story. and good luck on your upcoming move.