My journey into minimalism

Why I want to live deliberately

The KonMari philosophy

The KonMari philosophy enables you to declutter your home and your lifestyle and while doing so, only keeping those items that truly bring you joy. Typically our approach to tidying is to throw away those things we no longer wish to keep. KonMari focuses on keeping only the things that bring you happiness. This tidying method goes beyond the surface of the contents of our wardrobe. Living a decluttered life-style has psychological and well-being benefits too such as reduced stress, improved focus, a calmer feeling of serenity and relaxation.

Stuff and happiness

I used to believe that the more stuff I have, the happier I’ll feel. The more money I have to buy more stuff, the more successful I’ll be. The more items I bring into my life; DVDs, games, books, clothing, the greater sense of achievement I’d feel. The KonMari philosophy suggests otherwise.

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer” – Jim Carrey

I began to realise my life was filled with excess and the mentality of wanting more was not working for me.

Minimalism

My quest for understanding myself, my possessions and the value these added to my life started to grow. During this time, my wife brought to my attention The Minimalists. The Minimalists, better known as Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, are two guys spreading their message on minimalism. Both Joshua and Ryan had the american lifestyle; six-figure salaries, five bedroom houses, expensive cars and all that goes with it, yet they weren’t happy. They too had a void and spending to fill this void did not bring happiness. Their message is to minimalise. Minimalism is not just less, less and less. Minimalism is making room for more: more time, more passion, more experiences and more contentment. The minimalism philosophy is to keep possessions that either; bring you happiness or serve a function. If possessions don’t fall into one of these categories they’re thrown away to make room for something of more value.

“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. ” — The Minimalists

My recipe

Having discovered both KonMari and Minimalism philosophies I realised I couldn’t just pick these up from the shelf and adopt them without thought. I wanted to understand their true message, I needed to know their true value and identify what I want from my life. Doing so means I can have my own recipe for happiness.

What do I want?

I want a life without excess and one with more meaning. Meaningful relationships, meaningful connections. I want to live deliberately. I want controlled consumption. I don’t want compulsive consumption.

How do I get there?

Analyse my possessions

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Office desk and living room post KonMari and Minimalism

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