Why I Became a Minimalist

The journey began in 2017, after losing a family member to Cancer.

A few months after their passing, we were clearing out their home filled with 30 plus years of memories. Memorabilia stacked on shelves, papers & trinkets spilling out of drawers, photographs hung on every inch of the walls. Possessions of all kinds being sold, donated or even trashed. It got me thinking, “If you can’t leave with any of your physical items, what makes them so important? You see, in my eyes I find the moments you share & relationships you have with others are far more valuable than any form of materialism.

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Ok, now I’m not saying because I devalue materialism that I live in an empty apartment, sleep on the floor and not own a damn thing. On the contrary, I i enjoy many of my possessions. Ive just simply learned to live with less & have downplayed their importance.

See, the idea of minimalism to me is not necessarily living with x amount of items, or painting your walls white, & only wearing neutral colors. It’s more so living intentionally. You see, it’s time to prioritize your life. The idea of stuff can easily consume your life to the point of no return. And it’s not just those physical items that can bog you down too. Look at every aspect of your life – the things you own, your career path, the people you’re spending time with…all of which are important. Why spend your life with unnecessary possessions, a career that’s not going anywhere, or people you can’t stand.

Simplify your life.

“Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t” – Brian Gardner

After being on this journey for a few years now, I can say living with less has given me more clarity & helped me focus on moments instead of things. I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I used to feel when items ruled my life. I used to be an avid therapy shopper. Instead of dealing with my emotions or certain obstacles, I would mend those feelings by purchasing new clothing or makeup products [I can expand on that a bit later]. Bottom line is, going on this “less is more” journey has made me feel so much happier in my life. I live in the moment more. I have better relationships with family, friends, and loved ones. I have an overall sense of gratitude for life.

144 thoughts on “Why I Became a Minimalist

  1. Oh my gosh this is why I love minimalism besides dealing with less stuff. Minimalism gives me the clarity to cut other things out. Like you said perfectly, “Why spend your life with unnecessary possessions, a career that’s not going anywhere, or people you can’t stand.”

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  2. you offer such compelling reasons to become a minimalist. And l like how you point out that it is not just stuff, but people and careers as well. This was particularly relevant to read this week, since we rented a dumpster this week to start getting rid of stuff. It does feel good to have less around the house.

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  3. Sorry for your loss, I walk in the Relay For Life because I am passionate about it, I have lost lots of family to cancer. I simply love everything about this post though! The thought process behind this is just fabulous!

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  4. Sorry for your loss, these tragic events always tend to bring big changes into our lives. Personally, my journey with minimalism started in a much more “joyful” way as it was because of a move to boarding school : impossible to bring many items with you in that case! I agree, minimalism sets you free, really. Free from things, free from so many worries, and free from shopping. It was a very interesting post, thank you!

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  5. Thank you for sharing this. I’m not a minimalist but I very much resonate with the lifestyle. I hate clutter and “stuff”. And I love throwing things out / giving them to charity when i no longer need them. I always find less stuff makes my mind clearer!

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  6. I am fairly new to intentional living and decluttering. I am still at the decluttering stage, but thankfully I have managed to limit the number of things coming into my home. I used to be a borderline hoarder. I would buy make and clothes to make me feel better and fill emotional voids. My goal is ultimately to only own what I need 🙂

    Helen | http://www.whathelenloves.com

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  7. I cant agree with you more!!! I grew up in a household where there were things EVERYWHERE. When I grew up and got my own place I vowed to keep it simple for my own sanity. Having too much around my place of peace triggers my anxiety. Less is certainly more for me and simple is my style 100%.

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  8. Great post! I consider myself to be a minamilist as well, and I agree it’s not about not owning stuff, it’s really about placing more value in things that are non-material such as relationships, experiences etc. The two things I do tend to collect are books (though more and more are now ebooks), and outdoor gear, which allows me to do my adventures!

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  9. Hi,

    I really enjoyed your post. I recently started living a more minimalist lifestyle about 2 years ago. It was at moment when we were clearing out things around the house (old electronics). It made us realize that each year especially for the holidays we would buy the latest and the next year it would then be outdated. Simply wasting money on gifts that lose importance. That’s when we decided that it’s the memories we make and the trips we take that really hold value in our lives. We now invest in creating new experiences, especially for our children.

    This is what drives me to be more of a minimalist. Physical items just aren’t enough. And you are right we can’t take any physical items with us when we are gone.

    xo Erica

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  10. Such a poignant meaningful post! And just love this quote: “Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t” – Brian Gardner
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  11. Hi thank you for sharing your story, I love this so much! So that I don’t misinterpret anything, let me see if I get this, so the idea of minimalism focuses on living life to the fullest, being grateful for what you have, and spending time with people who make you a better person?

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  12. The first paragraph of your post is so profound. So sorry for your loss! Your post was wonderfully written.
    Growing up, if we were ever at the mall or out buying or shopping, my mother would always have us be very selective with our purchases. She never liked for our home to be cluttered with unnecessary things. Now that I’m a bit older, I understand and appreciate that ideology/way of life and plan to live like that, too!

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  13. The last years I, too, have turned to minimalism not only in regards to my physical possessions but also my friendships, my job, my diet even. I am a true believer of less is more 👍🏽 x

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  14. “Make room for things that matter by removing everything that doesn’t.” What a powerful phrase. I’m not a minimalist, and my husband and daughter are both clutter magpies, but that’s a great goal and mantra to aspire to!

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  15. I love this post! There is such power behind decluttering and simplifying your life! I recently decluttered my closet and felt SO good (might even need to go back and do a second round!)

    Cyn | cynspo.com

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  16. Wow this happened to me back in May. My husband and I have been married for 30 years on the 23rd! I all of a sudden was tired of all the stuff we had accumulated. I rented a gigantic roll off dumpster and just started pitching. I still have a long way to go but how wonderful it felt to do so. Excellent post!

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  17. I have so been trying to declutter my life for the past 3 years since my parents died and my husband and I sold both family homes. We have given away so much stuff and it feels lighter, as you say.

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  18. Thank you for sharing. I have been on a major decluttering spree lately. The mess and clutter stresses me out so much that I am wondering if minimalism is really what I need.

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  19. This post made me think about minimalism in a new way. As a creative human it’s very easy for me to resist throwing anything away because “I might find a use for it later.” And while this is sometimes true, it also leads to a lot of unnecessary clutter 😅🤣 so thanks for making me thing about how I prioritize my things 😊

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  20. I love this post! I share the same values with you and instead of being a so-called “minimalist” I like to proudly say that I am an intentional buyer and only purchase items that I absolutely love and always quality over quantity. 🙂

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  21. I absolutely love this post and your mindset of a minimalist. I tried to start living this way, beginning with giving away clothes and refraining from buying more, but I failed MISERABLY! I think about passing away and someone being stuck having to clear out my things, and for that reason alone, I’ve slowly started making progress with clearing out more of the unnecessary stuff.

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      1. Oh I know it’s going to take me a moment. I have to learn to break the so-called soul ties I have with my things. I will definitely look for those posts because I’m sure you can teach me a thing or two. Thanks again!

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  22. Really happy that you chose this lifestyle! I support minimalism so much! Mostly because of sustainability reasons. The more one buys, the more one throws away. Moreover, so much resources are used for making those things like clothes for example, that some people use just once.

    Toma ❄️ https://www.tomaruh.com

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  23. Minimalism is the way to go! Less is truly more. Instead of collecting items, memories and experiences is something our family has valued more over the years as we break away from consumerism.

    I really enjoyed reading your post.

    xo Erica

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  24. This is EXACTLY why I’m entering minimal living myself. You put it so well; all of this stuff does mean anything if we can’t be happy with our job, our lifestyle etc

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