Me? A Minimalist?

Posted May 19, 2011 by Paula in 30 Day Challenge / 0 Comments

Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned

My first thought when I read this question was, “Nothing! I never learn my lesson!” lol But when I really thought about it, I have learned something this past month. What is it I have learned, you ask, well I will tell you. 🙂

I think I would be happier if I had less stuff!

I’ve been reading a some blogs on minimalism. Be More With Less and Miss Minimalist are two of my favorites, even though Miss Minimalist is a little extreme.

Reading these blogs really made me think about all the stuff that I have, especially clothes. I wear a uniform for work, so that gives me two days a week to wear the rest my clothes, which means that I never wear most of my clothes. And I have a lot of clothes. My closet is overflowing and my dressers (notice the plural) are stuffed to the brim.

So, if I don’t wear these clothes, why do I need them? The answer, of course, is that I don’t need them. I want them, but I don’t need them. And they certainly don’t make me happy. They just make me feel guilty because I spend all this money on clothes I never get to wear.

Besides clothes, there are lots of books. Books that I didn’t really enjoy, or I liked, but not well enough to read again. There are also CDs that have just two to three songs that I actually listen to. So, why do I still have them? I really don’t know, but it is time to make some changes.

While I know I’ll never be a true minimalist, I’m way too obsessive for that, I think I could be an almost minimalist. I do hate clutter! And I feel better when everything has a place, which right now it doesn’t.

So, I have made up my mind to get rid of any stuff that does not make me happy! And I am going to put myself on a no new clothes diet for at least a year. This is the key! I can’t get rid of stuff just to go out and buy more. So, no shopping for me! Which will not be easy, after all my name is The Geeky Shopaholic.

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