The Minimalist Experiment

I’ve entered a new phase in my life. I’ve realized that over the many years of life, I have amassed far too much crap.

Crap that just sits there, collects dust and tricks my mind. Tricks my mind into happiness, contentedness, and security. I threw out most things and donated the good ones.

My mom yelled in the background, “What are you doing? This is still good!

It may be still good but there is just too much clutter in my room. I can’t think with all this noise. Everything just sits there, staring at me.

I was introduced to minimalism recently.

My Definition of Minimalism: The process of having few personal possessions, limiting the need to want.

I don’t need all these things. I’ve held onto these items forever and can’t bare to throw out anything. Do I need them? Everything changed when I went on that donation/throwing out rampage. I’ve kept these items in a vain attempt to physically manifest my perceived happiness.

Most of these things mean nothing to me. I have no real attachment to them, but I still feel the need to have. These items did not bring any happiness to me. And when they did, it was only momentary.

My money and time was invested in physical items that had little or no value and producing little momentary happiness. I’ve kept all the items that I hold dear: books (knowledge), some clothes (personal well-being), and assorted birthday presents (memories/treasured possessions).

Everything else went in the trashcan or the donation box. I feel good. I feel less cluttered. I can finally think and navigate my room with ease. I can breathe easy.

I’ve realized that the more things I had, the more I wanted. Surrounded by clutter, I had the subconscious need to have more clutter.

“What’s one more item in the sea of items?”

I kept spending frivolously on items that did not bring me long-lasting happiness. Now everything changes. I will start to save my money, spending them only on experiences.

I will spend on gifts for friends/family, social events, knowledge and trips. I will save and invest. I will invest in long-lasting happiness and treasured experiences.

I am fortunate enough to have everything I need. For most people, they can’t say the same. Yet, people live on next to nothing and still hold a gleaming smile.

“How? Why?”

People do not need much to be happy and strive. The basic essentials, good friends and experiences are all a person needs. We have been brainwashed by consumerist ideals.

They convince us that we need more things for happiness. A bigger house, a new car, a 100-inch HD 3-D television. In the grand scheme of everything, these things mean nothing.

I realize that now. Those items meant nothing to me. I can live happily without the clutter.

I feel like it has taken me 23 years to realize this one incredibly valuable lesson. I have the rest of my life to look forward too and I feel like this is a major epiphany in my life.

I urge you, my beautiful readers, to do the same. Petty items will not produce long-lasting happiness. They will clutter you, consume you and trick you into happiness. I urge you to live simply and simply live.

Speaking for myself, I already feel at ease. I am experiencing the calming effects of minimalism. Maybe it is just in my head. But, I figure, that’s the only person I need to convince. Myself.

Be bold, be free, and love on.

minimalist-room

21 thoughts on “The Minimalist Experiment

  1. This is so wonderful to read! Just a week ago I decided to sort through EVERY SINGLE THING I own, and I ended up getting rid of over half of my clothes, my books, and a bunch of silly trinkets and things I’ve been carrying around for years. Were you inspired by anyone in particular? There are some great TED talks by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, and their website is really awesome too. (http://www.theminimalists.com) Congrats on making the jump!

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    1. That’s great to hear! I found it incredibly gratifying get rid of all the junk in my room! Yeah, I was mostly influenced by my best friend, who is the definition of minimalist. I’m not at his level, but I am understanding the idea behind it. In my opinion, it is a great lesson to have under your belt.

      After I released the article, someone actually did refer me to the TEDtalks and the minimalist site! But I am glad you put up the link for my readers to enjoy!

      Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Hi Leroy, just wanted to come on over and say many thanks for the follow bestowed upon my humble wee blog, greatly appreciated. Just throwing away a load of items myself having been painting the house 😃

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    1. ANYTIME. You definitely earned it. You last two posts with the pictures of the castles hit a serious soft spot in my heart. I saw castles when I went to England and Edinburgh and I fell in love with the place! I look forward to seeing more of your work!

      Nice, it’s always good to declutter!

      Thank you for your comment and your followership! (:

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    1. The article is interesting. Except for the point where it says throw out books! That is a HUGE no-no to me. I treasure my books!

      Although, I see what they’re saying. They’re saying throw out clutter. Clutter means different things to different people!

      Thanks for you comment Rayven 😀

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      1. Yes, I agree! That part made me very D: but I think she means books you didn’t enjoy and are never going to read again. Which does happen, people hoard books just to say they have them!

        You’re welcome, as always!

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  3. Steve Jobs practiced minimalism — believe it or not. “The Journey is the Reward,” by Young, is a biography of him I recommend. Also anything by either Kurt Vonnegut or Roald Dahl —

    Thanks for visiting my online writing studio, and for choosing to follow my work.

    — SM

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    1. I personally love Steve Jobs for a personal reasons. One main reason that sticks out is his attention to simplicity. As a person, and in his ideas, simplicity is the main aspect. As you can see in every keynote he conducted, he wore the same black turtle neck and blue jeans. That’s not because he didn’t have fashion sense. It was mainly because wearing the same thing everyday, removed the use of willpower on unnecessary things. He simplified his life and minimalism did play a huge part in that.

      No problem! your blog is great! thank you for the visit, comment, and your support 🙂

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    1. I find it amazing to live a clutter free life. I know when you start throwing stuff out, you will find joy in it, like I have. Also, donating/throwing out most of your possessions really puts things into perspective. You will start to feel happier with less. In my opinion, less IS more.

      Thank you very much for your comment 🙂

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  4. My home is so teeny, that getting rid of clutter has been essential just to keep a clean home. It is difficult for us to go true minimalist, but it is for sure a huge relief to let go of all that stuff. I make a priority list and then when faced with a buying dilemma, I ask myself “would I rather be able to have a nice dinner on our upcoming vacation, or would I rather have this thing?” Works every time. Great post!

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    1. True minimalism is almost unnecessary. Too much of ANYTHING is bad, that includes minimalism. What you’re exercising right now seems to be perfect. The idea is limit your possession to that point where you feel comfortable. In the end, the only person you need to satisfy is yourself, so do it for yourself.

      That is a great way of deciding whether you need something or not! I will implement that in my life as well! Thanks for the advice and support! My readers and I appreciate you!

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  5. Hello Darlings, Thanks for the follow on my blog Wish I Was A Mermaid In Newfie’ Hope you like what you find there. Please, tell me if you do, I do love feedback. Love this article! Just started experimenting with minimalism for myself. I’m all about being out of my comfort zone, it is after all where I find I am most inspired. Just started the minimalist 30 day challenge. Going to get rid of the same number of items as each day in November, it’s going to be awesome! Looking forward to exploring your blog more! Keep up the inspiration 😉 And again, thanks.

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    1. The 30 day challenge is incredible. I haven’t participated in it my myself because one day, I just went crazy and threw out/donated most of the things. But that will be very effective for you, also less crazy (like me)!

      Glad to have found your content! 😀

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  6. Dear Leroy, Thanks for stopping by at preciousrhymes and leading me to your work. So happy to see that you’re staying with your heart as you journey ahead. There’s a lot of love and effort you’ve put in here that I could comment on. I chose this because it chimes with my recent thoughts on preciousrhymes:) The mind has its ways of making the unimportant seem important in life, glad you caught hold of it! May you always be happy and blessed!

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  7. Hi Leroy, after the post-Christmas frenzy shopping madness, to read something on that topic is truly refreshing! Despite the fact that half of my blog is about fashion which implies the more the merrier, I would love to apply the minimalist approach to my own life (and wardrobe). Thanks for the great read!

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    1. Minimalism isn’t for every one, but also, it should be noted that, yes minimalism is the art of living simply, but by specified means. If your passion includes a large wardrobe that’s perfectly okay. But, you have to try and minimize items from other aspects of your life. Minimalism simply dictates not trying to find happiness in ALL physical items.

      Fashion is a passion of yours, and mine. It’s okay to have an extended wardrobe because it makes you happy longterm. Conversely, having a big screen provides momentary happiness and just ends up dwindling with each passing day.

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