I've been pursuing minimalism for quite some time now. Just about three years!
That is probably the longest I've stuck with anything!
And it has been a wild ride!
My journey started by getting rid of almost 75% of my possessions in what I fondly refer to as the "Great Purge of 2015. I over-hauled my wardrobe and home, and found a clear path to who I am underneath all the stuff.
It's amazing how just getting rid of a few things can greatly impact your life!
The first purge, and the years that followed, learning to slow down and be intentional, it all completely transformed my life.
Minimalism changed me and gave me a freedom I never could have imagined.
And now I'm ready to let it go.
What to do with all the space
In this past year of my minimalism journey, I started slowing down in my decluttering.
I'd already gotten rid of so much, there wasn't much left to purge.
My decluttering days were behind me.
And as I looked around me at all the space I had created in my life, both physically and emotionally, I knew it was time to start using that space to live my life.
It was time to start filling it back up.
Ok, woah now, calm down.
I am not saying that I decided to start accumulating clutter again or fill up my schedule just to be busy. I'd already dropped those habits, there is no way I'd go back to that life.
But when we create so much space, we're able to use it to be more truly ourselves.
When I cleared out my home, I was then able to get a few items that more clearly expressed or represented who I am. And when I cleared my schedule, I was able to fill it with my passions.
We create the space so we may fill it back up with what is more important.
So I decided what I wanted my life to look like.
I want to live a life of abundance. I want to live a life of more.
A lesson in letting go
I am a huge believer in the idea that our mindset affects our reality. The things we believe influence our lives.
And the roadblocks we face are simply our own limiting beliefs standing in our way.
So, as I've been shifting into this mindset of abundance and trying to create that life for myself, I've been running into a good bit of trouble.
And that's because minimalism has become my limiting belief.
Having a mindset of abundance (having more than enough) and having a mindset of minimalism (only having just enough) doesn't work for me.
So I am choosing to let go of minimalism.
But the beauty of it is, that's what minimalism is all about!
All of the decluttering, living with less, it's all a lesson in letting go. Minimalism teaches us to let go of the things that no longer serve us. It teaches us to detach from our physical possessions, from negative thoughts and emotions.
Minimalism and decluttering conditions us to allow things to freely come and go from our lives, because we realize that our happiness and worth don't come from those things.
Letting go is what minimalism is all about.
We let go of the physical, so we can be intentional about our lives.
And I am letting go of minimalism, so I can pursue abundance.
Minimalism is a stepping stone
Minimalism, and my journey towards less will always be one of the greatest and best decisions I've ever made.
The impact it's had on my life is something that will stay with me forever.
I am a different person because of minimalism.
But I fully believe that minimalism was never meant to be a destination. It's a tool to help us on our journeys toward an intentional life.
Minimalism was always meant to be a stepping stone to something more.
As we learn the lessons that come with minimalism, we start to shift our focus away from things and physical possessions and towards being intentional. And once that lesson has been learned and that mindset shift takes place, that's when minimalism starts falling into the background.
When you are being intentional about living the life you want, when you've already removed all the clutter and anything keeping you from that life, then it doesn't matter how much or how little you own.
I own considerably more now than I did after my years of purging. I have acquired new possessions.
But because I've learned to be intentional about what I bring into my home (and what goes out of my home), even though I own more things, they are in line with the life I want to be living.
My possessions are no longer clutter.
Minimalism may go, but the habits stay
Even though I am parting ways with minimalism as a label, the lessons and values that it brought into my life will stick around for a very long time.
I still believe in simplicity. I still believe in slowing down.
And I still believe that, even though minimalism is just a step on a journey, it is an important and crucial step. It's not one to be skipped.
The lessons learned in this stage of the journey are important ones.
They are close to my heart.
And I know that one day, because of my experiences and practice with minimalism, if I ever need to realign my priorities, or clear out some space, I am well equipped to do that.
I have the skills and I have the habits.
And for that I will always be grateful to minimalism in my life.