Pare Down

Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 5.55.38 PMI can be “extreme”. Just last week I got rid of 50%+ of my clothes. All donated to The Goodwill, of course. I do this periodically. Some people think it’s strange. #shrug I’m not sure if I did it because I’m a semi-minimalist or if it’s because I like to buy fancy new things. Actually, I hate clutter and whenever I “feel myself accumulating too much stuff” I like to purge, or pare down as The Minimalists would say. In my head, I want my closet to look like the picture on the left – no more. There’s actually a game for this called The 30-Day Minimalism Game.

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

A few days ago I mentioned how I was getting into podcasts. Well, I found a new one that makes me feel less strange about my periodic paring down episodes! One day it’s clothes, the next day it may be jewelry, shoes, books, whatever I feel at the moment. The name of the podcast is The Minimalists, hosted by 2 guys: Joshua and Ryan. Their podcast/movement is extremely popular and The Chicago Tribune recently wrote a piece where they encourage everyone to Pare Down.

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The best way to understand “The Minimalists” is to watch their most popular TED talk, A Rich Life with Less Stuff or listen to their latest podcast. The duo also has a documentary that debuts next week! Of course I bought tickets for me and my husband (blank stare… he has tendencies, ok?) and I am super excited to see the film, right here in Atlantic Station next Wednesday! You can find Minimalism in a theater near you here. Make your own definition of Minimalism in whatever space best suits you! #youarenotalone #purge #paredown #befree #minimalism

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Relationship with Things

It feels like everything I own is on the same team.

This is a quote I read in an article titled, “Every Thing You Own is a Relationship You’re In.” When I read the title, I was like yes! It makes me feel a little better about my annual purges because I keep only the things I absolutely love and also “like things” – meaning the things I wear over and over again and only the pieces that play nice together (mix-and-match). For example, now that I’m down to 4 handbags (all designer – hehe), they are definitely on the same team! What team? you may ask? The Fabulous Team, of course! No matter which one I grab they are all amazing (to me) and can coordinate with everything else – not necessarily matchy matchy – or add a little swag to any outfit and I ALWAYS feel amazing and fabulous! That statement is seriously so profound. That’s what your THINGS should do for you!!!

Our possessions are more psychological than physical. What a thing is is much less important than what it does to your mind when you own it. But it’s hard to see what each item does when you’re feeling the effect of a thousand such relationships at once. That’s why you need to audit every single object on its own, and why owning fewer things is better overall.

I definitely recommend you read the article in its entirety, click here for that. And if you’re up for it, read the comments as well – that’s where the true action takes place! Simply your things and your life! #readAnything #loveit

The real value in things is the experience they create for us.