Minimal Cleaning

Today I’ve come prepared to the blog. Tea, brewed. Heater, on. Warm woolly scarf, check. Though I do feel I’m still discovering my intention behind my daily writing and blogging. I know one this though. My content must be organic and true to my values.

Not “is that GMO as pesticide-free?” organic (though yes, I do only eat organic, expect a long Organic food only post) but as transparent, holistic, all-encompassing, filter-free as possible. The last thing that an already over-stimulated worldwide web needs are “rose-coloured” fluffy feeds of yet another perfectly crafted designer blog. Boring. And personally, a huge turn-off.

It is nice seeing people waking up from this commercially fabricated dream and realising “hmm, maybe I’ve been tricked… Maybe I don’t have to slave away in a 20-something-storey building under sickly green fluorescent lighting for a huge hundred thousand plus loan I can barely afford with all the trimmings. What trimmings are these? What material possessions and digital gizmos define me as an individual? Can I even justify all these possessions that I simply had to have?”

Really? “Had to have”? I hear these three words more often than “I love you” which honestly, gives me goosebumps. (Excuse me while I rub my arm…)

However,  I see more people making the switch from the 9-5 to living a life of value and purpose with a little bit of work here and there. That’s a lifestyle I can certainly appreciate.

The concept of creating a lifestyle template that is your own and suites the life you want to live is so inspiring! We are even moving past the phrase and stigma of an “alternative lifestyle”.

It is certainly a lifestyle I have been practising recently. Cleaning out my wardrobe and donating five rubbish bags of clothes, shoes and accessories. Giving old USBs, cables and hard drives to friends who can’t afford them. Becoming less active in friendships that drain me and don’t inspire me or help me grow…

I used to think that I “needed” a walk-in-wardrobe because my two and a half meter built in wardrobe was “too small” to fit my clothes (Sound familiar?). Now all of my draws are two-thirds empty, I love wearing all the clothes I own and I am enjoying the company of people who appreciate me.

After my writing challenge, I think I’ll be trying the Minimalist’s 30-Day Minimalism Game [ http://www.theminimalists.com/game/ ]. Even after my massive decluttering. I am only just four months into my new Minimalist lifestyle and I’m curious to see how far I can push this (and who I can take with me!).

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