My Journey Into Minimalism | Purging

I don't need this, this, or this.

Since I decided to start becoming more of a minimalist, I've felt this huge weight lift off my shoulders.  The sometimes unbearable burden of having things strewn about, creating chaos and stress within my mind.  Now that I have less stuff, however, that feeling is slowly starting to dissipate and a sense of calm is taking over.

Sure, I still have a long way to go if I want to be completely minimal.  Being able to fit all of the things I own in one JanSport backpack isn't my ideal lifestyle, but it is something to admire.  I still like things enough to have a good amount, but not go too overboard (see my shoe collection).

Having sold multiple useless things, given multiple old pieces of clothing to friends and family members, and just thrown out clutter - I find myself breathing easier.  Having touched on the feeling of giving in previous blog entries, that is something I want to pursue that much more.  Whether it be through item donations or monetary donations, once you see the effect it has on people, it is something you want to continue to do as much as you can.

It's one of the many benefits, really, donating to those less fortunate.  The best part, too, is that I still have so much left to give.  I don't want to give away too much so I avoid the fear of wanting something.  At the same time - they're just things.  

Things that don't really matter in the grand scheme.  I love shoes - but I only wear one pair at a time.  I love shoes, but they're expensive.  Sure they're versatile, but I only wear one pair at one time.  That is the mentality I need to continue to embrace while on my minimalist journey.

What has been your hardest thing to part with?  Whether it be an item, a lifestyle choice, etc.  I'd love to hear your thoughts if you'd like to share!