Using minimalism as a tool for finding my priorities

???????????????????????????????I guess I found a life-changing tool on Minimalism. I can’t say I will make it to the extreme, but the first steps I’m taking are absolutely revealing. I found that the minimalist kind of thinking is the perfect way for me to solve my identity issues, even some anxiety issues and will help me to focus in the things that give me fulfillment. It’s not just about getting rid of all my stuff [I’m aware that I even own less stuff than the average person]. It’s about recognizing that I am MORE than the stuff I have [like cds or books], or the things I’ve done in the past, including what I’ve donde before in art and music.

I started by turning my bedroom into a minimalist space, leaving there just what I use DAILY [clothes, shampoo, soap, etc] or use frequently [like my cat’s brush]. And using my other room [as I have two little rooms just for myself] to put all the rest of my stuff… clothes I don’t use, cds, dvds, books, vhs cassettes [I have 125], audio cassettes, notebooks, art suplies, musical instruments and all sort of “miscellaneous”. All of this following the idea of the packing party suggested by The Minimalists. I had eight boxes from our last moving so I used them to pack a lot of stuff but I need more boxes to finish with everything.

I think that the easiest part for me to get rid of will be the clothes. Actually I just frequently use 20 items of clothing and 2 pairs of shoes. The rest I have saved were just because sentimental reasons and while I was studying I wanted to keep them as a reference [but I just can take pictures of each piece – just in case].

Results so far: My bedroom feels like a breeze. I like that feeling. I think I could live like that for the rest of my life. It was so much easier to invite my son to come over to watch movies and let him play in my terrace without worring about the mess I used to have. It was easier to clean.

The next step: Finish packing and give myself a few days to realize how much of all the stuff I really don’t use [or need] while I embrace that feeling of being MYSELF without all that stuff giving me identity. Then start the pre-selection [like digitalize documents, etc] of what I’m going to sell, give away, donate or throw away.

To pick just one thing

JFM coment-reply to my comment in his post about not being a natural writer.

JFM comment-reply to my comment in his post about not being a natural writer.

I’ve been diggin deeper into the world of Minimalism thanks to The Minimalists‘ website and the minimalistmakeover Youtube channel. In some way it all relates with what my mother has been doing during our whole lives. She has the hability to give away, sell or toss a great amount of things that she considered we just DON’T NEEDED, which has always proove to be effective when we needed to save more time, space and money. All of this has a close relation with finding your purpose in life or living through your passions, because it gives you the chance to FOCUS AND TAKE ACTION into the most important areas of your life.

So… as I mentioned in my previous posts, I have problems as for deciding in what investing my time and energy. I’m totally aware that I need to pick something and DO IT, just as Joshua says to me on that comment [original post], but I’ve been postponing this decision for years.

The time has come to make that decision.

Of course I feel afraid, because, I have that feeling that if I drop away something I’ll be missing something else. I’m afraid I will regret it after any decision I make. I know I won’t be able to make that decision in one night, neither one week. Maybe in one month.

Let’s see what happens.