The First Step- Journey to Minimalism

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Recently I went on a four day hiking camp with my school on Fraser Island. There were tears, bruises, blood and pain as well as happiness, smiles and laughs. It was a beautiful experience to parktake in and I am so proud that not only myself, but everyone else was able to complete the physically and mentally strenuous task of hiking 50km across an island.

I learnt a lot during the trip, one of these being how much we value things. All I needed to live was in a 50L back pack, but I still had a house and room to come back to that was filled with endless draws of ‘stuff’. What is the purpose of having stuff? 

Most of us have excessive amounts of stuff. Perhaps you use it every day, once a week or haven’t pulled it out of the draw for years. Either way, we place so much value on materialistic things. Stuff that clutters our rooms and our minds.

I took the first step. I acknowledged the fact that I valued objects highly and had far too many things I considered ‘important’. I am now on a quest to declutter my space and in the process myself. I just as many others, have countless belongings and somehow  feel connected to every single thing – that because it is identified as ‘mine’ it must be precious. This is simply not the case, these items bring me not only physical clutter but mental clutter too. I struggle to let go of things that have been hidden in a draw for the past 5 years, but this is the mentality of most. It is hard to let go of things we have been told is ‘ours’.

I took the first step in truly decluttering and living a minimalist life, I got out all the stuff from my dresser and was brutal in the ‘getting rid of’ process. I looked at every single thing and considered if I used it, what was its purpose and ultimately did it benefit me and make my life happier.

I am still in the process of decluttering and minimalising my belongings to those that I actually need or that make me truly happy. It is a process, ever evolving and transforming. To be free of the mentality that ‘things’ make you happy. Valuing experiences and memories over stuff.

Rememeber that people and places make you rich & fufilled , not what you physically own.

I look forward to future posts regarding my journey to minimalism.

Courtney..

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  1. Nyssa says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! We are in the first stages and it is oooooohhhh so difficult. We downsized our home and now are cramped even though we got rid of a ton of stuff. We still have to get rid of a ton more. It is freeing, once you let go but the process is sure difficult. I just got rid of my baby highchair that I used and three of my babies used. I wanted to keep it forever but literally had no space and kept it for sentimental reasons. It is good to have others on the same journey and to know you are not alone. Life clutter isn’t healthy as much as we rationalize it.

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    1. Courtney says:

      Completely agree Nyssa 🙂 Thank you so much for checking out my post!

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  2. Welcome to the club 🙂 getting rid of excess stuff, be it clutter in your drawers or clutter in your head, it’s absolutely freeing to be on the minimalist path. I’m so glad you are finding this out at your age, it will give you a lifetime of joy and hopefully mean less stress in your future adventures, as you will know what it is that is important to you.

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    1. Courtney says:

      Thank you. Going to check those posts now!

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      1. I hope you enjoy them!! 😉

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  3. Great read! Thank you! I know I still need to be more simplistic, but last spring I did a HUGE cleaning out. So much was donated or thrown away. By the time I found out what we didn’t need, or I had never used, it filled up half of our apartment living room. 0.0 I think other than the old toaster I threw away, (lol) I haven’t missed anything. My mind and living area was so much clearer!

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    1. Courtney says:

      That is so awesome to hear! It is truly amazing to see after doing a big clean out how much stuff we actually own and what we can do without. Thanks for sharing your experience! 🙂

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  4. ktkickass says:

    I like this article and the subject. I feel the same…. experiences over things!! thanks for your post!! 🙂

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  5. afarmingartist says:

    My son is going minimalist as we speak. I’m happy that he can let go at the age of 13.

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    1. Courtney says:

      Wow! Thats amazing to hear!

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