Going into my senior year of college means big things. I have a major and a minor to complete, while balancing work and club responsibilities, as well as trying to actually have some fun since it’s the “last hoorah.” I’m also looking ahead and thinking a lot about where I might be a year from now. And while so much is unclear (which is terrifying) it’s incredibly exciting to think about moving and starting a new adventure.
While it’s been fun to daydream about new and exciting places, I’ve also begun the daunting project of thinking logistically about big life changes – i.e. finding a place to live, rent, and how I’m going to get my excessive amount of stuff from point A to point B. In thinking about that last point I realized that I have a ridiculous amount of stuff. Like, so much stuff. And when I think practically about how often I use what I have, it starts to seem ridiculous to hold on to so many belongings- particularly clothes.
I watched an incredible video by Irish blogger and Youtube TarMar about how to look good in your clothes (here), and so much of what she had to say centered on finding a specific style, sticking to that style, and creating a wardrobe of items that a) all work together, b) you love, and c) make you look and feel your best. And as someone with a closet that appears about as confused as the average middle-schooler (is it girlie or grunge or boho or what..?) I decided to take a lot of her advice to heart, especially considering my new found desire to streamline my life (and the stuff in it). Enter minimalism. I’m not necessarily ready to throw out all of my things and live life in neutral tones – but I don’t really think that’s what it’s about. I think, for me at least, it’s about only buying, keeping, owning, etc. things that I love. William Morris said it best in the quote below:
And I also think minimalism is a way to engage with the world. The people you make a part of your life should be people that bring something positive to it and make it a more beautiful existence. The food that you eat should be only what you truly enjoy, and what actually benefits and nourishes you (although trying to cut-down on french fries has been surprisingly tough). Point being, I want to change the way I interact with every aspect of my life. I want to stop buying things for basically no reason, eating junk food because I’m bored, and wasting time and energy on people who don’t enhance my being. I want to live a life of quality and not quantity, in everything I do. I don’t think it’s going to be easy, but I’m going to give it my best try.
On Pinterest (where else?) I found this 30 Days of Minimalism Challenge that I’ve decided to give a go for the month of September.
I’ll be posting everyday, discussing what I thought of the particular step/challenge of that day, and what I hope to actually incorporate into my life moving forward.
I hope you enjoy reading about my little journey into minimalism. I’m incredibly excited about taking on a new approach to my life, especially right at the beginning of my most pivotal year of education.
P.S. This post was written in advance of Day 1, since the challenge is to stay offline for the day. This is obviously going to be challenging for me, as I’m a college student and so much of what I do is actually through the internet, but I will be staying off of social media and any non-school related websites, etc. I’ll include more information on my success (hopefully) in my Day 2 post!