Earlier this month I shared that I will be participating in Muchelle B’s 30 Day Simplify Your Life Challenge. Although I haven’t documented my journey so far, I have already started decluttering my room. As I predicted in my first post, the process of decluttering takes me longer than a day for several reasons:
- I have a lot of stuff
- I get distracted by food
- I get tired and take a YouTube break
- I have to clean/wash the items I’m decluttering
Admittedly, the process would go by much more quickly if I dedicated entire days to decluttering, but since I’m working, blogging, and in the process of applying to scholarships and a grad program, I have a certain amount of time to declutter. Due to this I will not be strictly adhering to the challenge, instead I will go at my own pace and declutter what I can, when I can.
Day 1: Set Your Intentions
Why? Why did I decide to take this journey and why now? As I touched on in my first post, I just graduated college and am a bit lost. I think I know where I’m going, but the future is unpredictable. The only thing I know for sure is the present and I want to focus on living it to the fullest. I decided to embark on this journey because I am not entirely happy with how I’m living my life and I think the first thing I should focus on is my physical space. My room has always been a hot mess, but after working two jobs with a full load of classes I barely had any time to do anything except sleep in it. Now that I only have one job to keep me occupied, I can now prioritize my room.
What? My main goal is to make my room a place that I can escape to so I can think about nothing, read, write, and blog. I don’t want it to be a place that stresses me out and makes me think of all the things I need to do. In order to do this I need to purge mercilessly and I have some guiding questions to help me:
- Why am I keeping this? Is it because I value it or do I feel like I have to keep it because of X reasons? Believe it or not, I keep a lot of things out of guilt (like birthday cards) because I think that since someone cared enough to get me something I have to keep it.
- Do I use this? I own a lot of things that I do not use and don’t see myself using in the future. This one is always tough for me because I always have that nagging voice at the back of my head saying “but what if one day you need it?” I need to find a way to shut this voice up if I want to succeed.
- Is it broken/stained? This pretty much speaks for itself, if it’s unusable why keep it?
- Does it make me happy? Ah, the age old minimalist question. However, I am going to tack on something to this question. Are there memories attached to this that I can’t imagine parting with. Call me a bad minimalist, but I have no intentions of taking pictures of letters or stuffed animals that hold great joy to me. I’m not going to keep everything, but I will not let go of things I’m not ready to let go of.
Hopefully, by the end of this challenge, I will have eliminated all the physical objects in my life that are distractions and do not bring me joy. I also would like to have a clearer head space and be able to focus on the projects that mean most to me while working my way up.
When? In small, easy doses. I know myself and if I start a huge project and get overwhelmed I will freak out and throw everything into a big pile and ignore it. By taking this challenge in bite size pieces I will be able to tackle this project successfully and happily. I am also tackling this in phases- I’m going to get rid of a lot of physical items in the first phase, but since I’m probably going to be unsure/miss some things I’m going to redo this process on a smaller scale in 4-6 months.
How? This is a great place to put in a quick disclaimer that I will be interpreting the challenge the way I see fit. I do not agree with everything the creator, Muchelle B, says (which is perfectly okay!). I also will not be fitting into the minimalism aesthetic. I don’t have plans to live out of a suitcase or to get all white furniture and a neutral wardrobe. If that’s what you’re here for I’m sorry to disappoint. I’m basically just downsizing to my minimal necessities- which will not fit the current aesthetic to this lifestyle. I want my life to stop revolving around things and to start focusing on dreams and goals- which, I believe, is the entire point of minimalism.
I hope you guys stick around for this new adventure! I will try to keep my blog up to date on my progress, so until next time!