As you know, nowadays everything is profit and sale. I believe there is no harm in encouraging businesses that care about the life and well-being of humans, non-human animals and the environment. Keep in mind that our money is equivalent to a vote for businesses. A company that makes sales is a company that lives and grows. That's why it's important to put our money to those with good moral values and ethics. With our money, we are responsible for the actions and impacts of businesses. It's up to us to choose and act towards what we believe in and our values!
Now, here is how I start a more minimalist lifestyle and my personal experience.
A year ago, I decided to take actions towards overconsumption release. It is obvious that more than half of what we possess is useless or unnnecessary. Of course, we do not have to suffer, but it does not hurt to live light. In reality, we need little to live and even live better.
For a few years now, I don't buy objects that I do not need or do not use everyday. Despite this, threw out the years I kept and accumulated. This lead to the same result; TOO MANY OBJECTS in my possession. During the year 2016, I had already left several shoes and clothes. You will realize how much I had below!
I progressed slowly until I came across an article that greatly motivated me. The article explains why it's good to wear the same thing every day and why people with a lot of responsibilities do it. It is completely worth reading, because it makes us realize several important things!
If you can read french, go check it out!
This article convinced me, it was decided, I will drastically reduce my wardrobe! So I had the challenge to get all my clothes in this big suitcase. (I did not include coats, jackets and more for winter time.)
At first, it was easy to put my clothes aside. The bigger the stack to give, the more I was proud and confident. Obviously, it was the clothes that I was wearing less, but wearing! When I thought I was finished, less than half of my clothes were forming a mountain on the floor. So I took the suitcase and started filling it with those I had decided to keep. I quickly realized that I wasn't going to succeed in my challenge. I started to worry, I was discouraged.
Take a break. Breathe in. Sort and start again.
I did these steps at least a dozen times! It's in these moments we realize how much we keep what should leave; maybe I'll need it, maybe I'll regret not having it anymore, I'd have to keep it to make a set with this piece, etc. I also notice that after all these years to keep and wear clothes it's like if by getting rid of it, a version of us leaves as well. It's nice to keep objects for a long time and don't waste, as long as we don't accumulate them! I don't know if you feel the same way, but I feel like I associate my clothes styles with different versions of myself and that's what made the sorting so difficult!
Finally, I managed to get rid of at least ¾ of my wardrobe. Result, two empty drawers, space in the closet and three big recycling bags filled to give, direction: thrift store! So liberating! No more bogging! PLEASE if you're thinking to get rid of your objects do not throw them! Give them or sell them! At least they will have been reused and may be very useful to others.
All my clothes, except the coats and jackets (as I had planned), my underwear and my pajamas didn't fit into the suitcase. Even though the entirety of my "new" wardrobe hasn't entered the suitcase, I don't consider this step as a failure, but rather as a first achievement.
Actions towards minimalism can be difficult at first. Especially when we try to get ourselves rid from the daily temptations of overconsumption. It's a constant and long-term job, but when we know what motivates us, it's easier to stop making excuses. I'm still far from wearing the same thing every day, but minimalism is a work in progress and there is always room for improvement.
A little trick for you that I also discovered on Facebook! I don't remember the author and I don't have the link, so I did one myself for you!
And you, do you have a hard time letting go your clothes? Do you want to make actions towards minimalism? Are you already free from overconsumption?
I want to know everything!