I became a minimalist from a couple of situations. I wanted to be an organized person, I needed space, I wanted peace and I wanted to de-clutter every aspect of my being. Although the idea of being a minimalist hadn’t rang in my mind in the beginning, as I have said in other posts, it grew gradually.
It began when I couldn’t find any more space to store more stuff and out of the frustrations, I took out all the clothes and other items that I had lost interest completely. These are those things that were probably handed down or they were worn many many years back. I had no emotional attachments to these things so they were very easy to give up. Hurrah! I had cleared up space for more to come in.
After a couple of months, I felt blocked. I could get things done very uneasily and my work was never competent. I watched a couple of minimalism YouTube videos and I admired the lives these people lived. Simple, clean and organised. I wanted such in my life. I knew that if I got a way to relax my mind in a comfortable place, a clean and well organised space, I could get back on track. And so I started my minimalism journey.
It wasn’t any easy. It wasn’t as fast as I anticipated. It was hectic to a point I felt like giving up and just continue with the clutter. This is the harsh truth, this is my truth.
1. Knowing where to start
As the saying goes a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single footstep. Only that in this case, you don’t know where to land your first step. In the beginning, becoming a minimalist can be overwhelming, especially when you’re in it all alone. It becomes somehow like a nightmare for which the only reason you should keep pushing is because you know there is a sweet ending.
Always start little, don’t bombard yourself into doing everything overnight, you’ll end up doing a lot of nothing. This is a process and it requires to have a strong foundation. Build it by starting off at the right base, the right “time” and the right environment.
2. It consumes a lot of time when beginning
Earlier I said something about taking the shortest time possible to de-clutter and ready organize so that you can actually see definite results, well, this can take up to a week or more. This happens when you are a hoarder like I was. Everyday, I came across something that needed getting rid of. I took approximately a week to put everything exactly where I wanted. But, all in all, it was worth the time
3. Gives a hard time letting go
This happens especially to those things that hold some sentimental value. Honestly, this is the one thing that broke me up. A lot of things that had a story behind were going to places I thought they didn’t belong. All the memories, I thought would be lost. Truth is, none of the memories were lost, I still have them in my heart and mind. I do not need artificial material to take place of a memory I once had that will probably last forever in my brains.
4. People will talk you out of it
Of course someone will always tell you how dumb the idea is or how you can’t make it or how they’ll be waiting to see you give up. The hardest part being this people are the people you care about and care about you, this gave me the worse feeling. But hey, who said you have to listen to what they say. After all, you’re doing this for your own good. Not for their pleasure.
5. It’s hard to let go of all that expensive stuff
let’s face it, there’s that one or two or even a lot of things that cost you a fortune but you have never used it since that one time occasion. Am I right? Yes, I too had thus things. They just clutter up and consume valuable space. Instead of holding on to them, why not make money out of them by selling? This way it will be less harder.
See: Why minimalism https://afrimini.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/why-minimalism/
6. Lastly, learning that what you possess doesn’t define your worth
Yes, you heard me right.
What you have doesn’t define what your worth is. I learnt this the moment I became a minimalist, your worth is determined by how you invest in the things that you truly love and care about. Remember it’s almost always about the quality and not the quantity.
I’m writing this from my experience. In my city, I haven’t come across any other minimalist, sometimes I think it is not normal but it is, the surrounding one is living in matters. I wrote this six hardships so that anyone out there who is thinking about becoming a minimalist can first know what to expect on what they might experience. Minimalism is a beautiful thing, I have experienced the leisure that comes with it. I bet you too want some of it.