“If some people get upset because they feel they have a hold on some things, I’m merely acting as a gentle reminder: here today, gone tomorrow, so don’t get attached to things…”

“…Now, with that in mind, I’m not against collecting stuff.”

Maude, Harold and Maude.

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Inspired by The Minimalists, I’m working towards simplifying my life by freeing myself of some of the things that I own. Starting with my clothes. God I had so many clothes, and it feels awesome to not worry about owning them anymore. Our tendency to assign meaning to objects can really slow us down. These associations can make giving or throwing things away difficult or even feel agonizing, but it also creates the lightness we experience when unburdened by their emotional weight.

What I appreciate about Joshua and Ryan, who write The Minimalists, is their holistic approach. Minimalism isn’t just cleaning out your closet and donating a bunch of garbage to Goodwill. They encourage eradicating materialism and exercising mindfulness in all areas of our lives – from personal relationships, to physical fitness, personal style, decision-making, money management, setting goals (or more specifically, why not to), to discovering your passion and purpose. 

Now, with that in mind, I’m not against cleaning out your closet and donating a bunch of garbage to Goodwill. 🙂 It feels good to start.

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