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.