Last week, I borrowed The Joy of Less from the library in hopes that it will keep me focused on getting rid of things instead of constantly adding them. It’s a nice counterweight to the wishlist-esque posts of below. It’s all about balance, people.
Anyway, I’m a third of the way into it and want to throw out half of my household’s possessions. I’m told this response is completely normal.
A few things have stuck out to me and I hope I can remember them moving forward:
- everything that you own should be either beautiful or functional
- you shouldn’t try to recreate the outside world inside your living space
- try not to accumulate things; replacing them for something better is fine
- if you want to get something new, but can’t think of something you want to get rid of to allow room for it, skip it
- pick your favorites and toss the rest
All fairly standard pieces of advice, but they bear repeating. Several times.
If any of you are interested in the whole minimalism thing and haven’t already read about it 386 times on the internet, check it out. It’s pretty motivating.