About two months ago, I decided to become a minimalist.
One of my favourite YouTubers, Matt D’Avella is a minimalist (as he mentions in every video) and after watching his many videos on Minimalism, I thought that this is a lifestyle I could really benefit from. For me, minimalism is a simpler lifestyle that allows me to prioritize what really matters to me in life.
Before minimalism, I was someone who loved buying, especially clothes. I am heavily involved and interested in fashion so I was someone who had tons of clothes in my closet and a wishlist of what I wanted to buy next including extremely expensive designer wear. Going to shopping malls and looking around was a weekly activity for me. Over the years, I accumulated tons of clothes that filled two closets: one at university and one at home. In addition, I am a huge techie. I always want the best of the best tech devices, even devices that I did not exactly need. Something about me always wanted the latest and the greatest.
So, what did I do to start my minimalism journey? First, simplified my closet. Since it had too many clothes, 90% of them I didn’t even wear or fit me, I threw them in a bag for donation. Currently, I have about 10 shirts, two pairs of pants (one jeans, one formal), two shorts and two joggers for working out. Next, the items in my house. I got rid of things that I no longer use. I was actually able to sell a lot of things which was nice such as my old phone and 3DS. Previously, whenever I’d get something new, I would always keep the old product “just in case”, but honestly, “just in case” never came.
Digital Minimalism was big for me. I use my phone a lot less which is why I downgraded it, and my devices are now mostly used for productivity rather than entertainment and fun. This is something that I am still getting used to since whenever I am bored, I don’t have many apps or games so I run out of things to do sometimes. I do have a Nintendo Switch which I keep for some casual gaming and to unwind, but every now and then, I think about selling it since I don’t play on it too often.
Now, two months in, I found two major benefits of becoming a minimalist. First, happiness. The amount of things and clutter that I have around me does not bring my happiness. In fact, cleaning…