All I can say is, "Wow." I wake up every morning in awe of the things I no longer have. The things I no longer deem necessary to make me happy. The things. The THINGS.
The word "things" connotes clutter. Covered floors, piles of clothes, stuff on desks, no counter space - things. Its a word I get tangled in. The more things, the more stuck you are - like a spider web. Luckily I realized I was on the path of an amateur hoarder, so I put a stop to accumulating things. But I didn't do it alone.
As I'm sure you, reader, well know - the internet is an awesome place and full of countless resources about countless things. Well, when I started my minimalism journey I essentially didn't know where to start. These 5 places have been essential for me on my journey and are great resources for anyone looking to start a similar one.
Call me a homer for making my local friend's blog number one on my list, but he's been incredibly inspirational through my person endeavor. I first met Anthony back in March when I was really in the thick of beginning to declutter. He had nothing but encouraging words to say - and even convinced me to register for an annual conference with which he is closely affiliated, SimpleRev. He'll always be my go to when it comes to freeing both mental and physical clutter.
I had the honor of listening to Mr. Becker at the above-mentioned conference this past October. Though he spoke few words, his presence could be felt for miles. He spoke with such power, such grace, and such serenity - it was hard not to be effected by it. His blog, Becoming Minimalist, is incredibly well written and is a hub of endless knowledge and insight. I highly suggest getting lost on that website.
These dudes go without saying. I just recently picked up their book, "Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life", at the public library and I'm incredibly excited to dive in. They encourage the #minsgame, about which I plan to write in the coming weeks, where those who "play" get rid of a number of items depending on the day of the month. So, for example, you get rid of 1 thing on the 1st, 15 things on the 15th, and 30 things on the 30th. I see this as being a challenge for me during the month of November simply because I don't have much stuff. But for those just starting, or wanting to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning, this is perfect for you. Oh, and they write awesome stuff too.
Reddit is great for many things. Cute animal picture, fashion advice, and really dark stuff to name a few. However it's minimalism subreddit was one of my biggest motivators when first starting. I was really inspired by the art shared by the community, as well as different pieces of life advice for aspiring minimalists. It's a great spot for the everyman - a place where peers go to discuss things. It's one of my favorites to this day.
This one is sort of a cop-out, but Goodwill is incredibly motivating. Driving by it reminds me of all the things I can possibly get rid of, which only further leads to a clearer mind, body, and soul. I know whatever I donate there will go to a good home and make someone else happier in the process.
Those are just a few of the many different places from which I've drawn inspiration the last ten months. Were I to cover everything I've been inspired by this past calendar year, it'd be one heck of a long-form post. I'll leave you with these digestible bits for you to check out on your own.
Let me know what you think of these in the comments!