Decluttering: the beginning

Decluttering: the beginning

Stuff – the word itself means by “property, as personal belongings or equipment; things.”

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want to impress people they don’t like” – Will Rogers.

I am guilty of a consumer life, the ideal of owning multiple things, more of this, more of that… I own so much…  For no reason.
I don’t need to own more than 7 undershirts (probably less, but I do my laundry once a week), and yet I probably own at least 15, my closet is overflowing with clothes that I don’t even remember it exists. If I were to write down how much I’ve spent on things that I never used, barely use, or actually used once … it is completely out of control – so much money that can be used to travel, explore, and adventure.
Last year I donated three full bags of stuff, and yet I managed to bring just as much back into my life. I’m not happy nor proud of it.
What I want for my life is a simple, enjoyable and mobile life. I want to be able to pack-and-go, I am not even attached to some of the things I own, and yet it is still taking up space in my life. Since last year I’ve started to question if I really needed certain things and I was able to resist the urge of many “things”, but I still convinced myself that I needed to own this new fashionable lipstick, or these new pair of boots… Honestly? I don’t need to own or can explain owning so many shades of mauve, pink or red lipstick or multiple jackets and boots.
So I’ve decided to be a better person, and this year I really want to focus on paying my credit card debt and start using my money for things that are not just a temporary happiness until I see the next lipstick or piece of clothing. I have a thru hike planned for 2018 and I would kill me inside if it does not happen because I keep falling into the hands of an addiction to shop, to own things – stuff that won’t matter after a while.

Slowly, for the first trimester of 2017, I want to start to declutter my life, get rid of everything that I don’t need, free myself from “stuff” and take my dream of a thru hike seriously. I’ve started looking more seriously into Minimalism, then I noticed that I already owned a book on my kindle about it named The more of less” by Joshua Becker. On location 647 – chapter 3, of the book – under the “Where to start making it your own” title he asks seven questions.  I really put some thought into these questions, and realized what I really wanted and needed, and I feel ready to start pursing a happier life.

So on chapter 6, he suggested for me to write down my goals and why I want to declutter, even though I’ve mentioned before, I feel like this way makes it more official:

– I want to pay off my credit card debt
– I want to be able to thru hike and travel as much as possible
– I want to be happy and less worried about “stuff
– I want to be truly appreciative of what I currently have

So I am going to share this part of my life with all of you, since eventually it leads to many contemplating issues that we face when we want to live a mobile, fun, outdoorsy life. Owning things that we do not need hold us in one place, and hopefully teach you all a better way to achieve dreams when we have less stuff and more happiness.

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6 thoughts on “Decluttering: the beginning

    1. I saw something about 333 on a documentary, I have been considering, but it is so hard when you live in a place where it can be 60 degrees one day and 5 the next day 🙁 I should do it for the spring though!!!

  1. This is a great post – and it’s exactly where I should be going because I feel a little confused about owning so much crap! I can’t stop though haha. I’ll have a look at the book you’ve recommended, might be a good starting point! x

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