Decluttering and letting go
During my 30s, I experienced more than my fair share of bad luck, and on reflection, I realise my vintage collecting was one way of coping. It took my mind off things, and when I was having a hard time, it felt good to treat myself.
When I downsized from a three-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment in 2011, I had to let go of a lot of my stuff and vintage collections. What began as a downsizing project became a life-changing journey. One that motivated me to re-evaluate my values and how I lived my life. Decluttering for me was about letting go of my past to make space for my future.
Embracing minimalism and simple living
Following the move, I took a break from simplifying and decluttering. I wanted to let the dust settle after so much change. I also wanted to reflect on how far I’d come and if I was ready to continue on this journey.
Collect moments not things
I also reflected on the joyful feelings I have when I’m on holiday and the calmness that comes from living with fewer things. I began to wonder if a minimalist life would give me the same feelings of calmness, contentment and peace.
So as 2014 began, following a period of feeling continually busy, I drastically reduced things further. The declutter set me on a journey towards a calmer, simpler and easier life. One that felt lighter, provided a greater sense of contentment, and gave me my time back. It’s the best lifestyle choice I’ve ever made.
Reuse and recycle
I didn’t want to send any of my possessions to landfill, so I donated the majority to charity, and I sold the rest. With a simpler life, I plan to live more sustainably by buying less and being mindful of where and how things are made and packaged. I have a lot to learn and I’m looking forward to making further positive changes.
‘Buy less, choose well.’ – Vivienne Westwood
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