What the Minimalism

You’ve probably heard of minimalism before. You know, the people that own almost nothing and live in those tiny houses (they even have a show on HGTV about these houses!). So when I say I’m a minimalist, this is likely the first thing you think of. However, I’m here to tell you this is not the case. I live in a normal size house, have a decent amount of belongings, and enjoy shopping from time to time. “But Emily, isn’t shopping taboo if you are a minimalist?” It actually isn’t and I’m here to explain to you my take on minimalism!

My minimalist journey started about 2 years ago when a friend of mine recommended a book to me called “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. She told me it would change my life. I guess it has to if it has life changing in the title. So I bought a copy and read it. It really did change my perspective on my possessions. The overarching point of the book is that you should only own things you love. If you hate it, why do you even have it? The same philosophy can be applied to anything. If you don’t like your friends, why do you hang around them? If you hate your job, why don’t you look for a new one? So on and so forth. The book not only teaches you this philosophy, but it also teaches you how to methodically go through your possessions until you only own things that you love. This may sound ridiculous or impractical but just stop and imagine with me for a moment. You are sitting in your room, house or apartment. The only things you can see are things that bring you joy. You love your bed, your blankets, your desk, YOUR CLOTHES, everything! Everything around you brings you joy and serves a purpose for you. No more digging through your closet filled with a bunch of items you only half like to find the one shirt you do. No more scouring your knife drawer to find the only one that’s actually sharp. No more! Everything you have is everything you need. This idea really appealed to me.

So after finishing the book I couldn’t wait to bring this mentality into action. I went through the process described in the book and I’m happy to report I feel amazing. I feel like I can let go of anything in my life that no longer serves me. My friends may look at my closet and say I have no clothes but I love every piece I have. I can wear anything in my closet and feel confident. Not many people can say that. The beauty of this mentality is it’s not about owning less. It’s about truly loving what you own. I’m not afraid to buy more things if I enjoy them and they will serve a purpose for me. For me, minimalism isn’t about numbers and never will be.

Not only do I have this mentality about my possessions, but it has spilled over into my life as well. I’ve let go of toxic people in my life, horrible habits, and anything else that caused damage to my wellbeing. You may be asking yourself why the heck am I even talking about this. I thought this was a weightloss blog. The reason I wanted to share this with you is because once I was able to declutter my life, I was able to declutter my mind as well. Ultimately, I believe this is what allowed me to create the headspace to start my health and fitness journey. My old destructive eating habits were not serving me. My body was holding on to a lot of weight it did not need. I was able to get rid of that weight because my destructive health habits no longer served me and I was ready to move forward.

You may think I’m crazy and that’s okay! At one point I thought minimalism was crazy too. I do have to say minimalism has helped me in many more ways than one. It has saved me time getting ready in the morning. I no longer have to look for things, I know where all my possessions are (and what all I have). I no longer have to worry about expensive doctor’s visits in my future due to my poor health. I don’t have to waste time on people who don’t care about what’s best for me. My head is no longer cluttered with thoughts about things that don’t serve me. All I’m trying to say is minimalism is not about owning nothing but loving what you have. If you still think that’s crazy, my advice is don’t knock it until you try it!

 This was my room when I first moved back from college before I had even heard of minimalism.

This was my room when I first moved back from college before I had even heard of minimalism.

 This is my room when I moved home again, after I became a minimalist.

This is my room when I moved home again, after I became a minimalist.