Transitioning to Minimalism

I was tired of consuming. Electricity, gas, clothes, food, plastics…I wanted to see how much I could save.

From The Spruce, “Organize Your Home in 10 Minutes or Less”

Eco-Conscious: When the Seed was Planted

Six years ago, I vividly recall spending a couple days home and opening our trash compacter to toss a non-recyclable package away. Trash goes to the landfills , but those must be full by now. Surely our planet must be imploding with landfills at this point. Every week, each neighbor puts out three bins. (In California: recyclables, leave trimmings, and trash). Everyone made so. much. trash.

I personally knew it all too well, being a hoarder. I was taught to save everything.

Three years ago, I began exploring minimalism. At the time, this meant narrowing my wardrobe to actually fit in my closet and drawers. Huge success! It was so easy holding onto items that almost fit or that look good “for that one time I might” want it. I even jumped into the 333 closet challenge, challenging people to have 33 items (not including underwear and socks) for 3 months. I kept my 33 items going for about a year and a half. I’m a pretty extreme person and when I find something I’m passionate about, I go all the way. And some.

Minimalism definition is – a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

I was tired of consuming. Electricity, gas, clothes, food, plastics…I wanted to see how much I could save.

Over the next two two years, I didn’t go shopping for clothes. I had ever thing I needed. Just for fun, I experimented with raw veganism for one year. (My definition of fun may be different than yours.) I rarely used any kitchen appliances accept the refrigerator. No microwaves, stove, toaster, coffee maker. I was zero-waste. Except for one protein powder recycle-able container a month, I didn’t buy any plastics or packaged food. I made every meal at home.

I cut down my portion of personal items by at least one fourth. I stuffed everything I owned into a 1999 Toyota Corolla and moved to San Diego. A fresh start.

If I’m convinced I need to purchase something, I must donate or sell one of my items first. This was the only way not to accumulate.

Gradually, I collected a few items. The things that got pushed to the back of my drawers wouldn’t be missed. It was time for another deep clean.

Thank you quarantine for forcing me to clean my living space. I had a couple boxes full of sentimental items — it was giving me a headache to keep track of what was in the box and why I needed to reserve space for them in my closet. The memories are in my mind, not in the trinkets in the box in another box.

I let go of many of the last items I’ve had for almost half my life. What a huge relief. They didn’t make the first cut a couple years ago. But it’s a process of letting go. I feel so much lighter. Nothing replaces that deep breathe I can take when I walk into my bedroom. There’s space. It’s easy on the eyes. It allows me to truly decompress.

Creating a healthy environment for the planet is my number one goal, and it starts with my mind, body and home. #bloggingtips #ecofriendly

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