This post goes beyond simple material things. Now that the #MinsGame has completed, it's time to move our decluttering focus from material items, to our own head space. Look, you're doing to slip up when it comes to accumulating stuff. It happens. You're human. I'm incredibly guilty of it. But if you can find other places within your life to simplify and streamline, the more that is going to bleed over into other aspects - helping you becoming the person you ultimately want to be.
Looking for Inspiration in Clutter
You've heard the classic phrase that you are most creative when you have restrictions put on you. I'm sure this is a case-by-case phrase, but I don't disagree. Where I do disagree, though, is how the term writes off the idea of beauty in simplicity.
I believe the less clutter, the less hindered we are in our mind. With less, you can become inspired by nothing. It can conjured using all the free headspace you now have. Think about it - you come up with your best ideas when you're not focused on the problem at hand.
By surrounding yourself with the essential, you can better focus on the problems at hand. Issues at work? Come home to your decluttered space, unwind, and let your subconscious do the work.
Finding the Inspiration
Okay, so you've began the declutter movement in one part of your life. Where else can you minimize? At the office? Garbage in your car? Your book shelf? Your wallet? Some toxic or non-beneficial relationships? One step in any direction is a form of movement. Find that inspiration, choose your path, and etch out the better you in the process.
I struggle with the idea of cutting off toxic relationships. Is it them? Is it me? Do I do nothing? Do I do everything? It's a tall order - and a scary one. I brought it up to a friend of mine this weekend and she was sort of taken aback by the notion. It isn't something people often think about. But it should be. I'm in love with the idea of surrounding yourself with people you want to be like.
If that means cutting off others - so be it. Something needs to change and, at the end of everything, you live with yourself. So you need to be as happy as possible.
Continuing the Declutter
Don't stop the train. Try not to slip up. As I write this I'm in the midst of an epic internal struggle of succumbing to consumerism. Should you try to continue down the path of minimalism, you're going to slip up. You're going to want to buy things that make you happy. And that's okay!
I love sneakers. I love them. I enjoy looking at them. I'm inspired by them. I love having sneakers I'm in love with in my life. Does me wanting to become a minimalist require me to not buy things I enjoy? No. Not my version. Find your comfortable definition of minimalism. You might want to be a person who can comfortably live out of a backpack. I don't. No matter the type of minimalist, declutterer, or person you want to be - don't stop the train. Don't stop the decluttering train. It's only going to make you happy when you've finally reached your comfortable level of clutter.
So tell me - what is your definition of being a minimalist? Do you find inspiration in how little you have - or how much you feel you can get rid of?