Thursday 12 November 2015

me, the minimalist


In my last post, I was sharing about how I decided to adopt a minimalist lifestyle simply by reducing material needs and keeping my living space clean because mess stresses me out. Besides that, minimalism also means reducing the number of goals I have (trust me, I have tons!) so that I could actually tick them off my list one by one. Boy did it worked because my to-do list has never been shorter!

Alert! This particular post is super wordy.

de-cluttering and organizing

I first started by getting rid of things I didn't want. This begin sometime end of last year, even before I discovered minimalism or the KonMari method! I keep finding myself cleaning things up and it was simply tiring..

So I got rid of things.

I remember getting rid of other things but I don't remember what I did though most of them are my clothes. Because I was still experimenting on my style, I was guilty of buying tons of clothes which I ended up not wearing or only worn once only to discover they didn't feel like "me"... Of course, there are the occasional impulse splurges. There were a total of 6 bags, 4 of which I've recycled and 2 more bags which I'm hoping to get rid though I notice the second hand culture in Malaysia isn't very strong.. I don't know, never seem to be able to sell them *shrug*

After that, I get organize.

For my wardrobe, my clothes are organized by articles type (dresses, skirts, etc) and by color though the latter is mainly OCD factor. In my dresser, I folded my clothes to let them "stand" vertically instead of stacking up so I could see everything and actually wear them. I also organize my beauty products on my dresser, table top, books/stationeries and kitchenwares.

Finally, it is making sure that I actually return my things at the spots that I've assigned as suggested in the KonMari method. With that, I wouldn't need to bother cleaning the spaces so often save from my weekly dusting, sweeping and mopping.

My OCD alarm doesn't go off as frequently as it used to. Such a bliss.

less material needs

When I told a friend, YY that I am all into minimalism, she asked if that means I'll be toning down on my clothes shopping LOL. I said no.

Minimalism doesn't mean cutting down on everything and living with only 100 things. Of course, there are people who has succeeded in doing so but nah, it isn't my thing.

Instilling minimalism as a blogger means cutting down on unnecessary purchases just for the sake of reviewing. When I first started writing reviews, I felt like there was a need to jump into the bandwagon as other beauty bloggers to be the first few to review every single newly launched products in the market. So-o not gonna even deny that. Today I only buy things I need and if I feel adventurous to try something new, I tend to wait until I finish one product. Or at least I made it a point to have reviewed my current beauty stuff before treating myself to trying something new.

On the other material wants? When I see something I like, whether its clothes, cute decors/toys/etc., I'll make sure I think twice, thrice or more before I get them.

Prioritizing my goals

There's more to being a minimalist than just cutting down.

Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less; rather, we focus on making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment. More freedom. Clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room. -

So yes, I do know I have 1001 things I want to do and achieve. But I have my plates full, hands on so-o many things on my to do list that never seemed to get ticked off, I simply grew tired.

Following the advice from the article I've read from another minimalist blogger, I let go of some goals. Not like let go and let them be forgotten. Just putting them aside, at least for the moment until I've accomplished :)

Today, I feel more relaxed and as though I have more time on my hand. On the downside, I have been taking my free time for granted and for that, I feel like kicking myself wth (≥Д≤) Though I did finished 2 books in a month which I'll consider an accomplishment ( ⌒▽⌒)v

one of the books I've just completed~

Thanks for reading my lengthy post!

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