Cleaning My Closet

Lessons On Minimalism

What is minimalism?

Minimalism is an idea that suggests “less is more”. In my own terms, it means eliminating anything or anyone that doesn’t add value or happiness to your life. This stems from the idea that our possessions don’t make us necessarily happy. In fact, the more stuff we own, the more our lives become cluttered and disorganized. It doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of everything. It means that you have to be willing to let go of some stuff that doesn’t make you happy anymore. I started practicing minimalism last October, I realized that a lot of the stuff I own and the people I surrounded myself with didn’t really make me happy or satisfied me. So I decided to declutter, and really consider what it is that makes me happy.

Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Donated most of my clothes, shoes, and books to Goodwill.
  • Deleted a majority of my apps that I don’t use on my phone.
  • Deactivated and deleted Twitter.
  • Unfriended people who I don’t talk to anymore on Facebook.
  • Erase some of my contacts on my phone (people I don’t talk to anymore, but somehow I still have their number).
  • Deactivated Netflix and started reading more books.
  • Canceled my gym membership.
  • Burned bridges / stopped talking to people who doesn’t make an effort to be in my life.

So what did I learn from doing all those?

  1. You save a LOT of money. Trust me, you will save a lot of money because you’re not spending on all your daily purchases. Do you really need to buy a coffee from Starbucks every day before work? If you say yes, think about how much your spending on coffee per week. Most likely, you are spending $30-$40 a week for coffee. Same thing goes for alcohol, food, gas, parking, monthly fees, membership fees, clothes, etc. do you really need to buy that Aldo shoes when you already own five shoes? I don’t think so.
  2. You have more time to focus on what you want to do. Some of the things we do suck up our time and waste a perfectly good day. Once you eliminate those activities, like watching tv or checking your Facebook every ten minutes, or even spending time with someone you don’t really like, will give you more time to really do what you want to do.
  3. Saying no improves your life. Say no to the things that don’t matter. Say no to going out on a Tuesday night because you know you have work in the morning. Say no to another drink when you know you reach your limit. Say no to that girl/guy when you know that your relationship isn’t going anywhere with that person. Say no to friendships that are a one-way street.
  4. Choose quality over quantity. Whether you’re buying a new watch or deciding if you want to marry that person, quality is always important. You don’t want to buy a cheap watch from Target, and then have it break in less than a month. You don’t want to date someone based on looks, and then find out after that that person is boring or worse doesn’t make you feel deserving. Quality is important because it last longer, and it is much more meaningful. This not only applies to your belongings, but also to your friendships.
  5. Invest in experiences instead of things. Let me just say that there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself a gift, it’s okay to treat yourself as long as it makes you happy. But, in the long run, what matters the most are the memories and experiences you share with our friends and family. So as long as your living, you need to invest in making experiences: go on a trip, ride a helicopter, skydive, go to another country, try new food, go on a rave. You don’t want to rob yourself the opportunity to enjoy life because you couldn’t afford it. Start investing in experiences.