Towards a ‘meaningful’ life.

Laying out a plan of action for my experiments in trying to live with less stuff and more purpose.

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“Less Is More”

The philosophy has been making rounds in my head for quite some time now. A few years ago, while I was in college, I happened to stumble upon ‘The Minimalists’ blog and I got hooked to this whole idea of living with less stuff and having more time and energy to focus on things that really matter. But I missed an important point — taking action.

“Inspiration is a spark. It is nothing unless we use it to build a fire.”
- Vironika Tugaleva

Recently, I happened to watch ‘Minimalism : A Documentary About The Important Things’ by The Minimalists (I’d recommend everyone to watch it) and it all came back — all the excitement, the energy and I knew I had to give this way of life a try.


The ‘Gameplan’

Before all the excitement ceased, I had to chart out a plan of action. And that is exactly what I have come up with.

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus — the guys who run ‘The Minimalists’ blog, at the beginning of every month challenge their readers to what they call — ‘The 30-Day Minimalism Game’. The rules of the game are ‘simple’ :

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house — and out of your life — by midnight each day.

Woah! I thought you said simple! With those rules, there is no chance I’ll make it to the end — I know I’ll bail out within a couple of weeks. So, to ease myself into ‘my attempt at a new way of living’ and have a fair shot at completing the challenge, I have modified the rules to suit myself (because hey! I can!).

In my version — starting tomorrow — it is going to be one item per day for the next 30 days. Instead of getting rid of the item ‘out of the house’ — I’ll be dumping it in a cardboard box, to be donated/sold at the end of the 30 days. I am not sure if I can find a friend or a family member to join me in this experiment at this point (though I’d really love to have company), so I won’t be worrying too much about that one.

Get rid of one item per day for the next 30 days!

Got it!


With the rules all set, I can’t wait to start — but wait! Why am I doing all this in the first place? That’s a good question to begin with. After all, without a solid ‘Why’ to fuel it, my experiment would end up in the trash in no time.

My big why

To be honest, I feel I’ve got way more stuff than I think I can live with. Unused clothes, random possessions lying around just gathering dust and taking up space— I want to see how my life changes when I am surrounded only by stuff that adds value to my life. More than that though, I really want to be friends with ‘letting go’.


The Minimalists have sold me an idea — an idea that works for them — the philosophy that ‘Less Is More’ and I want to give it try. After all, what is life but one big experiment in time?

“What is life but one big experiment in time?”

I’ll take credit for that quote (yes, you guessed it right — because hey! I can!).

For now, I’ll keep it to my material possessions — because it is easy — later (or now, I don’t know), as I advance deeper into the philosophy, I’d want to expand its application to other aspects of my life.

Enough of this rambling now — its time for some action and I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

Cheers!


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