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

Going Paperless

Day 9 out of 30 – The Minimalism Game

Items Discarded:

9 x Planners, notebooks and notepads
The Why…

I’ve a weakness for paper. Beautifully designed, soft luxe paper products. Notepads, diaries, planners, notebooks, idea journals… my kryptonite.

Throughout my years of schooling, university and general life I have moved from planner to planner and enjoyed drawing, using stamps & stickers finding such satisfaction putting pen to paper. Creating something new. Physically removing thoughts from my head and planning my study guide and social calendar.

Now, practising minimalistic values more and more, using these paper products are becoming inconvenient and creatively limiting.

My appointment and social calendar I now store on my Gmail account on my phone for portability and easy access. Now I draw, design, braindump and make lists in a blank, unlined A5 notebook which lives in my handbag, with a pen.

Even though it is a little sad moving away from my colourful, creative almost scrapbook-style journaling, I am finding that through journaling more mindfully with a simple pen in a blank notebook, I am able to explore thoughts more deeply and write much more coherently than before.

So I guess this is a case of “just keep it simple!”

Total Number of Items Discarded to date: 81