Happy end of February minimalist peeps! I don’t know where February went- it just flew by!
Which means its time for another Minimized Monthly! But before I get to my list of what I’ll be removing from my life this month, I want to talk about a common minimalist trap- the pressure to own as little as possible.
It is often portrayed that, if you want to be a ‘good’ minimalist, you have to own as little as possible. For people just starting out on their minimalist path, this often leads to downsizing/minimizing/purging possessions just for the sake of it.
I find myself falling into this trap quite often. I’ll catch myself looking around my house thinking- what can I get rid of today? Like minimalism is a game. But the act of minimizing is not itself the end goal. We aren’t downsizing our lives just to say we did it. We’re doing it for some higher purpose like reducing our debt, having cleaner homes, and making room in our lives for our loved ones that was once preoccupied with buying or maintaining our ‘things’.
The end result of our minimizing (i.e. how much we have left), will be different for every person based on what they need in their life, as well where they live.
My closet will continue to have four seasons worth of clothes in it no matter what- I live in Canada- that’s non-negotiable (unlike someone who lives in California who probably doesn’t need two winter jackets and snow boots).
This trap is based on the misconception that all minimalist lifestyles look the same- when that couldn’t be further from the truth.
If we can get away from believing that we have to reduce our possessions as much as possible towards some ultimate number of things that will somehow make us happy- and instead focus on removing anything that doesn’t add value to our lives (however we choose to define it), we can stop obsessing and start living- which is the whole point of minimalism anyway!
Enough about minimalist traps- here is what I’m minimizing this month:
- My Point & Shoot Camera: I have been holding onto this camera for sentimental reasons. It came on my month long trip to Peru, taking hundreds of pictures of my entire adventure. But I now have a DSLR and a smartphone with a good camera, so I just don’t need it anymore.
Where is it going? I might try putting it online, but since its so old, I’m not sure its worth selling. Alternatively, there is an electronics recycling depot near where I live- so I might take it there.
- Some Yoga Books: I have a stack of yoga related books leftover from my YTT in 2014, and I don’t need all of them anymore. One is falling apart, and I have a hard copy and a kindle copy of one. I liked it so much I bought it twice!
Where are they going? The local library!
- Horton, my giant stuffed elephant: This one is going to be hard guys. I have several stuffed animals that I will never part with (for various reasons), but Horton is large and unwieldy and a child would get much more enjoyment out of him than I currently am.
Where is he going? I am going to try and find a youth donation centre in my area to donate him to.
- Two Broken Kettles: We have the worst luck with kettles! Two died on us in a two month span. We have since upgraded to a stove top kettle that looks basically bulletproof, so hopefully we don’t have to deal with this again!
Where are they going? I haven’t quite figured that out yet- but I’m working on it!
That’s it for this month!
What are you letting go of this February? Let me know in the comments!
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