Removing Emotions & Nostalgia from Possessions

Day 10 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:

2 x packs of A4 Envelopes, 2 x packs of old DL business flyers, 4 x coloured A4 plastic pocket folders, 2 x packs of plastic pockets.
The Why…

Now being a third of the way through this challenge, my thoughts have evolved from “Quick, find 10 things to throw out today!” to “How did I even get all this stuff? Why did I let this into my life? What insecurity is encouraging me to keep this rather than move it on?”

Before starting this challenge, I thought I was a pretty simple and minimalistic person when it came to possessions. Only keeping what I needed, throwing away things that did not suite me or my lifestyle. Sure, there was room to improve but nah, I’m a minimalist. Looking back, it sounds almost ironic now. A Minimalist with a stack of unused possessions.

It is only now that I am realising that it was not the case.

I suppose it’s the same concept when moving homes. Over the years just accumulating piles and piles of stuff. (Cleaning out the old attic!) Well, let’s just call it what it really is shall we? Junk.

With this challenge at least I have the opportunity to be incredibly mindful and precise with everything I am removing. Using an analytical brain to thoughtfully and purposefully remove items from my life that truly are not serving a purpose.

Making this detachment logical rather than emotional I’m finding a difference with how I interact with my possessions now and am noticing this change become more sustainable. Now I am starting to stop attaching nostalgia or feelings with them. Starting. Certainly a long way to go!

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 91
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