I was driving home from work one day and I remember hearing a radio ad for a new Moe’s Southwest Grill location. I can’t recall anything special about the ad, but that night for dinner we mysteriously found ourselves eating Mexican food for dinner. There are ads all around us, promising us ways to improve our lifestyle or somehow make our lives easier.
We find ourselves buying new gadgets or clothes just to have them take residence in our closets, sometimes completely unopened. I used to be a hoarder. I used to keep piles and boxes full of things I had no room for.
Getting rid of clutter is hard. We become emotionally attached to our things and before we know it, we can’t let go. It’s taken me YEARS to let go of books I’ll never open, clothes I’d never even worn, and kitchen items I “had to have” but will never be used. Minimalism is a process, and for those just getting started it can be an nightmare.
Maybe you’re not a hoarder like I was, but the transition to minimalism can still be difficult. If you know you want to make the switch but have no clue where you should start, here is a Beginners Guide to a Minimalist Lifestyle.
Here’s an excerpt:
It was just after my boyfriend (now fiancé) and I had moved in together when I realized, “I have a stuff problem.” We had just moved in, and there were what seemed like endless boxes scattered all throughout our apartment. Our living room was completely overtaken by all of these boxes, which were almost entirely mine. In total, my boyfriend’s belongings could fill up his van. This was equal to about maybe 3 or 4 boxes total. My belongings required a U-Haul, three full cars, and the help from our friends to get it all in the apartment.
Considering I came with most of our furniture, you might be thinking “Hey, that’s not so bad.” It gets worse.
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