Minimalism is one of those things I stumbled upon that made absolute and utter sense as soon as I read about it. My first memory of my minimalist journey was when I was doing my B.A. in 2011. I was surfing Facebook and saw a quote pop up in my feed.
“We spend all of our time working jobs we hate, to buy things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like”.
That was my light bulb moment.
I realized I didn’t need nearly any of the things that I owned, but this was especially true for clothes. I am a reformed shopaholic. At one point in my life, the big ‘outing’ every week, was to the mall. Just to ‘hunt for some deals’. Looking back on that now, it’s truly mind-blowing that I spent so much time and money buying things that were disposable and not adding value to my life.
I didn’t start to act on my minimalist urges until the last year of my Master’s Degree. I was so overwhelmed with the amount of ‘stuff’ that I owned that it was starting to affect my mental health. I had a perma suffocated feeling every day like I was drowning underneath all of the stuff that I owned. Coincidentally, my head first dive into minimalism happened at the same time my long-term relationship ended and I started training to become a yoga teacher. Weird how things work out sometimes eh?
I donated, sold or threw out probably 50% of my wardrobe. That was step one.
Since 2014, I have completed The 30 Day Minimalist Game (which I highly recommend) and whittled my wardrobe down another 25%. I now exist with 75% fewer clothes than I did two years ago, but I still have much more than I need!
I have also since moved on to minimize my bathroom, kitchen, and lifestyle as a whole.
Minimalism for me is a constant every day effort to keep my consumerist tendencies in check to refocus on what is important in my life. I hope to use this space as a way to keep myself accountable on my minimalist journey. And I’m excited you’re along for the ride!
What can you expect from Tiny Ambitions?
- Posts about how I minimized my life and how I continue to do this every day (aka my Minimized Monthlies)
- Posts exploring Simple Living topics covering everything from relationships to digital clutter.
As of July 2017, I have written about:
- The Unresolution Resolution
- Dealing with the Christmas Carnage
- The Use It Up Challenge
- Love, Minimally
- Redefining Abundance
- Spark Joy
- Conversations with Strangers
- Social Media Free Mornings
- A Meaningful Makeup Drawer: Project Beauty Share
- Why I’m Doing a Book Ban
- Write Your Eulogy in Three Sentences
- Minimalist Mementos: Letting Go
- Five Steps to Tackle Digital Clutter
- There Is No Such Thing As Magic Bullet Minimalism
- Feeling Cluttered? Your Stuff Might Not Be the Problem
- A Guide to Decluttering – From Someone Who Has Done It
- How I Broke My Shopping Habit
- Four Things I Learned from My Week of Frugal Eating
- The Wonders of a Slow Weekend