It’s been one amazing year and a half since I started this journey. I have grown so much since my last update at year one. My brother moved to Texas, I decided to go to therapy, I started focusing more on the environmental impact of objects, and we refinanced our house.
Each of these items happened because of my journey into minimalism. I set up a boundary with my brother for him to move out of our house. After a few delays he decided instead to move to Texas, leaving the majority of his stuff behind. In order to get rid of as much stuff as possible and make some of his money back we had a large garage sale. We sold and donated a 2 bedroom apartment worth of items. I am still working on getting his “essentials” to him via mail, but he was able to pair down to 11 large storage boxes. Overall we were able to get rid of the clutter left behind and were able to help several people by re-homing those items.
Minimalism has given me space to be present, and therapy helped me discover my full self and get well acquainted with her. I would not have been able to work through therapy if I still had all the clutter I did April of 2018. The items in my home took up so much of my time and energy that removing it allowed me to get to know myself better. It also allowed me to realize that therapy was a good option for me.
In May we got a set of copper straws to replace the “disposable” straws. This shift started our way of looking at how stuff impacts our environment. Prior to this I did recycle as much as possible I just hadn’t quite made the full shift yet to a greener life. After realizing the impact of the reusable straws I decided to start taking a fork and spoon with me to work daily resulting in up to 10 less plastic items in the land fills! I have been slowly replacing and repairing items and have become more conscious of my spending habits specifically for the environment. I will be making a full post on this but wanted to include the initial shift in this recap.
With refinancing we were able to work toward our goal I set last year to become financially and debt free. Although we are increasing our mortgage I am gaining so much more financial freedom because of that decision. This freedom means we can start working on paying off the items that were not able to be consolidated. This time last year I didn’t even know how much debt we had, just that we had it. I rationalized that debt was a normal part of life and when I did think about it, I felt so guilty I would just distract myself from the feelings. Now that I have gotten rid of truck fulls of stuff I can finally address those feelings and work on the goals that I have always wanted. When I was little the only real thought I had for the future was that I didn’t want to ever have to worry about money. And that is why financial freedom was the first real goal after working through my house and purging my items. I am still working on this goal but this was a major step in financial freedom for us.
Each purge was not only cathartic, but a way to finally see what I was holding on to, and letting go of old ideas of who I should be. This journey has taken me from a house full of stuff, to a home built for connection. I can finally see what I wanted all along was a space to connect to others and myself. I learned to become my own best friend, my own coach, and my own cheer leader. None of the was possible before because the clutter and distractions I bought or accumulated took up so much of my time and energy.
Throughout this journey I have evolved and reevaluated my goals in life. I have learned to listen to my own voice, that I can live with less, that I am allowed to say no to things, and I learned to embrace new ideas. Decluttering allowed me the time to read many self help books (all digital), embrace who I am, and what I want out of this life. I’ve been able to change my habits and set huge goals and accomplish them all through this journey. I am truly excited for the next chapter in this amazing life. As always thank you for reading and let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.