A few weeks ago I talked about my wardrobe and my attempt to own less and love more.
Oliver and I have been attempting to own less "things" and embrace minimalism. We don't claim to be experts at all! We own way more than 100 items. We can't fit everything we own in a backpack. We can't fit everything we own into our car! And we didn't become minimalists at 21. We look at this as a continuing project of learning to buy less and let go more.
I look at it like someone trying to get healthy and lose weight. If they do a crash diet and lose a ton of weight quickly, they are more likely to put weight back on because their metabolism slows down and crash diets aren't sustainable. If someone really wants to change their health they need to eat healthier, exercise regularly, and let the weight come off because they've changed their lifestyle.
I view this the same way. If we had gotten rid of everything at once and paired down to 100 items each we probably wouldn't have made the correct choices on what to keep and what to give away. We wouldn't have fixed the problem of buying something every time we were slightly inconvenienced or every time we went to Target!!
Over the last year and a half we have gone to Goodwill at least once a month. We went today to donate a step stool that took up way too much storage space and we never took out because it was such a pain. When we first discussed getting rid of it I thought we could get a folding step stool, but I realized this morning that we don't actually need one. Oliver is tall enough to reach everything we need and our chairs are very sturdy if I'm desperate.
I also donated some kitchen gadgets that I'm embarrassed stayed over the last few purges. Why did we have three whisks? Why did I have a bunch of baking tools despite the fact that I haven't used them in over 2 years? Why did we have gimmicky gadgets that served no real purpose except creating more dishes? We don't have a dishwasher so the least amount of dishes used is extremely important!
Again, we don't claim to be experts, but over the last year we have learned a lot about what we actually need and what takes up space in our home and headspace.
Having less allows us to have more free time, to save more, and to be more creative. Not constantly seeing clutter in our living space helps us declutter our minds to think more, be creative, and figure out how to bring our artistic ideas to life.