Everyone has heard the saying “less is more”, right? Even though everyone knows how the saying goes, not many people put it into action in their everyday life. I recently stumbled upon a podcast called, The Minimalist. The Minimalist founders are Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, who have “helped over 20 million people live more meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcasts, and documentary” (TheMinimalists.com). According to Millburn & Nicodemus, “minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”
Because I think their message is very similar to Finding Euphoria, I decided to give it a shot. I want to have complete freedom and happiness, so why not give it a try? Here is what I have found thus far:
How I Started: My Clothes
We are all guilty of holding on to clothes that we NEVER wear. We love to hold on to things that we might need for that one perfect outfit that we never wore, that interview 3 years ago, or the first date with your now significant other of 5 years. I’m telling you now, if you can’t remember the last time you wore it, it’s time to donate it.
When you think about donating your clothes, does your mind go to one specific old as dirt shirt that’s deteriorating? Mine does, however; I now make a point to wear that item of clothing more often because I love it so much! The best concept of becoming a minimalist is making you aware of your choices. If something is worth keeping, then keep it! If the item doesn’t add value to your life, it is time to donate it. There are plenty of less fortunate people who would love and need your donations!
I recommend starting with your closet. Make a pile of clothes to be donated vs. clothes you want to keep. Keep that pile of “soon to be donated clothes” in your room for a week. If you still have not worn the, then you know it is time to go to Goodwill.
If you feel better (like me), move on to the next room of your house. Chase that feeling and Find Your Euphoria by becoming a Minimalist!
I found myself staring at that laundry basket full of clothes for a week. It was a daily struggle because there were some articles that I was just too unsure about giving up. I finally decided that enough is enough, and made my way to the local Goodwill. As I dropped off my laundry basket, I felt immediate relief. As I was walking back to my car, the Goodwill worker stopped me. He said, “Thank you so much for this donation, you have no idea how many families you are helping during this holiday season. The kids are going to love this stuff.”
I don’t remember exactly what I said back to the man because I was flabbergasted and lost my cool (happens more than you think). I immediately wanted to donate more because of the way the Goodwill worker’s words resonated with me. The decision to give up my clothes was difficult because of my emotional attachment, however; I was immediately filled with happiness and gratification when I thought of the bigger picture. It was an unexpected feeling, yet I want to continue to chase that feeling even more. I guess you could say, that I found my euphoria by becoming a mini minimalist.
What can you do today that your future self will thank you for?