How it started...
When I moved from Atlanta to New York about two years ago, I was forced to take a good look at all the stuff we had. We lived in a one bedroom apartment, but somehow managed to accumulate way more utensils, clothes, shoes, tools, etc. than we could ever need or use. I began purging myself of the useless, the unworn, and the long neglected shit gathering dust in my closets.
A new place meant a new start, so I sold what I could on Craigslist and donated what we didn’t need. We hung on to a few pieces of furniture and something to eat on, and left the rest behind.
What started as a purge to make our 900 mile move easier, became a lifestyle change. This perspective shift obviously made for an uncluttered space, but to my great surprise, my thoughts became a little less uncluttered too. I had less stuff to worry about. I didn't need to go out and buy more things to fill the void or make me feel better. I have what I need. Clearing out the old stuff made room (and money...more on that in another post) for the things I love and that really matter to me. Minimalism has become a way of life.
This doesn't mean I don't have any stuff or that I’m immune to the cries of consumerism. But now I try to stop and think before I buy more "things."
There is so much I could say about simplifying life and possessions (and I will) but for now, if you are interested in learning more about Minimalism, here are some of my favorite blogs on the topic: