Letting go of an obsession and/or attachment to things is essential to becoming a minimalist. I have indeed read this many times, but actually experiencing it along my minimalist journey has proved its truth.
I have always been good about clearing out stuff I no longer want or use (for the most part), but seem to acquire new stuff just as fast as the old stuff gets loaded on to the Goodwill truck. This is not being minimalist, and this desire must stop- and has for the most part. I’m not perfect, I’ve purchased a new dress and shirt in the past couple months. But I can see how easily these small purchases could have triggered my old habits and pulled me back to where I started.
The difference now though, it that I have had a shift in consciousness. Stuff is not important and too much of it can keep you stuck and imprisoned in many ways. My favorite quote from the movie “Fight Club” sums it up perfectly: “The things you own end up owning you.” I no longer have the desire to acquire everything and anything in my path, I only buy what I truly need and love. And the rest is discarded.
So letting go, and rebelling against a society that is bombarding us with advertisements and reality tv shows telling us to buy, buy, buy to make our lives better is imperative. There is another way, and from what I’ve experiences so far and read about on other blogs, it’s a better way!
As a recovering spend-a-holic and new minimalist in the making, I need to remind myself of the great benefits of minimalism everyday. Buying a bunch of new stuff might bring happiness in the moment, but will inevitably end up causing more damage.
So just let go and ask yourself…..
“Am I willing to trade my money, time, freedom, and ultimately my life for stuff?”