I recently came across a blog called Born Again Minimalist, which has further persuaded me that it's time to rid myself of (at least some of) the crap I've accumlated over the years. B.A.M. is written by a woman who purged herself of half her belongings following her divorce, and subsequent period of time living with her mother. Since then she's been living and writing about the minimalist lifestyle. While I don't see myself becoming a real minimalist (I just don't think it jives with my need to own 20 blushes), reading about someone who is one has inspired me to get rid of some of my old shit(to make room for new shit!)
Seriously though, one of the two main reasons I want to declutter has to do with getting something new. Since I've started this blog, I've accumulated quite a bit of makeup. I want to set up a vanity in my bedroom so that I can properly store everything-and maybe even have a nice place to start filming tutorials as one or two people have suggested I do(literally one or two people, and one of them might have been myself). But I think to do that I'm going to have to get rid of my dresser and just use my closet for all my clothing storage. So I need to minimalize my wardrobe. And I figure while I'm at that, I might as well get rid of other stuff I have that I don't really need.
The other reason I want to declutter is that I know it will feel good. I'm kind of having one of those times in life when I feel like I need a change or something new, but I'm not sure what (I'm on like, my 4th quarter life crisis now). I think that getting rid of stuff will be a good place to start. As much as I'm not a minimalist, I'm not really a hoarder either. I've gotten rid of large volumes of accumulated belongings before, and I know it can a very refreshing experience.
I also want people to know that I'm not just a totally frivilous human being who only thinks about makeup all the time. I think about other things too like, I really enjoy having blonde hair, but I've seen a lot of people with really nice red/auburn shades lately, what should I do? And do I want to buy a pair of neon running shoes like everyone else at the gym, or should I just stick to black Nikes? And after all that, if there's still time I might wonder if all of that is a giant waste of time and money and I'm totally buying into the propaganda of consumerism and maybe I should shave my head and go live in a tent in a Northern Ontario and learn to fish with my bare hands and eat tree bark? Then I land somewhere in the middle and pack up a few boxes of stuff to take to Value Village, and resolve to at least wait until my next pay day before buying any $30 eyeliner.
I'm going to share with you some of the stuff I got rid of. Even though I'm probably not going to start living off the land any time too soon, I do totally think that we can get mentally bogged down by our possesions. One of the best lessons I've learned is how to let go of stuff. It feels really good, you should try it.
Here's where I started in my decluttering process:
Then I moved onto my bookshelf:
This was hard too, because I like owning a lot of books. But there's really so many here that I'm never going to read again. I packed up most of my chick-lit guilty pleasures and a bunch of my old text books. I made room on the shelf for the magazine stack in the corner there. At the same time I realized that little end table the magazines were under hadn't been used for anything in years, so I got rid of that too.
My closet-the space I most need to minimalize, wasn't difficult really. Mostly because, shocking though it may be, I'm not too much of a clothes horse to begin with(wtf is a clothes horse anyway? You know what I mean though). I like to look nice, but I generally can't be bothered to have a lot of variation in my wardrobe. I'm the type of person to buy three pairs of the same jeans if I find ones I like. So I don't really have that much excess clothing. But I did manage to get rid of a few things, including a $160 pair of Guess jeans that never quite fit right but I held onto because of that price, and a backless sideless dress I bought for Vegas but never wore. The biggest purge was my shoe collection. I had a lot of shoes that I've worn once or twice and would never wear again that just had to go.
Thanks for reading. I hope you don't mind me drifting from my usual subject material. I'll be back on more materialistic pursuits soon, I promise. Or if you don't hear from me at all, come look for me in the woods. I'll teach you how to fish.