I am at a place in my life where I have learned contentment; a place where I appreciate simplicity and desire “living simple”. Today, I am even more convinced that having too much “stuff” has done more harm than good to me. With that, I have finally found happiness in living a beautiful life while having fewer things. I am on the path to becoming who you would call a “minimalist”.
The journey to where I am hasn’t been a smooth one. However, I want to succinctly share why I became a minimalist. To make this post as succinct as possible, I’ll just the events that triggered my desire to live consciously and embrace minimalism.
Pursuit of happiness
Over the last two years, I have tried my best to pay attention to what truly makes me happy. I realized that not only was I depending on other people for my happiness, but I was hoping my material possessions would make me happy. However, no matter how much clothing items and shoes I had and how many bags I added to my collection, I was never truly happy. When I finally started letting things go, that was when I saw glimpses of true happiness. I found happiness in less, in creating memories and in just being. It was inevitable that anything I had in excess needed to go!
Quest for easier decision making
I am a perfectionist. Unfortunately, my perfectionism also comes with indecisiveness. I have a hard time making simple decisions like picking out outfits for the day. I am not into fashion at all, and I don’t pay too much attention to how I look. As long as I am presentable and comfortable, I’m cool with it. Having a lot of choices and options make my decision making even harder. My solution to this was to eliminate the unnecessary need for choices. That meant, reducing how many clothes I had to choose from every day, and keeping every aspect of my life as simple as possible.
A love for minimal aesthetics.
As a young girl, I loved colors. For me, colors were my subtle way of being noticed since I was always too shy and lacked the confidence to make my presence known. Now, I am realizing that I really don’t care to have a super colorful closet or an apartment decorated in bold colors. In contrast, I am very much in love with solid, neutral colors. I love everything neutral and dark-hued. The subtleness and simplicity of the minimal aesthetic speak to me.
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Finding my personal style
I have always admired people who know and embrace their personal style. This is something I haven’t had the opportunity to do. I find that I pretty much wear the same kinds of clothing every day and my other selections are all over the place. My desire to find my style and find things I love and enjoy made me realize that I love anything that’s minimal and could be easily mismatched. I find myself gravitating to around 5 colors that can easily be combined. Moreover, I was sick of the fact that even though I had enough clothes to wear something different for over a year without repeating an outfit, I still never seemed to find what to wear. It just didn’t make sense. So I wanted to have things I loved and only keep things I truly enjoyed having.
Rejecting fast fashion and supporting food producers
Last year, I came across Fashion Revolution and documentaries that opened my eyes to the jaw-dropping world of fast fashion. I was horrified by the conditions of factory workers who make our clothes. It was shocking to learn of how they have to live, are maltreated and underpaid in order for us to buy cheap clothing. I became very conscious of who made my clothes. And had so many questions about who grows my food.
Shopping consciously and living sustainably became an utmost priority in my life. Why should anyone have to go through such terrible conditions just so I could have cheaper products? It just didn’t make sense to me. So with everything I purchase now, I make sure that I am thinking of who made it and where it came from. Living minimally and shopping consciously meant that I am willing to pay more because I believe those who make these items deserve to live good quality lifestyle just like I do.
Knowledge of Quality vs Quantity
One of the main reasons why I (and most people) accumulate so many things is because these things are so cheaply made and easily acquirable. But the reality is that they come with a price. People have to literally suffer just so we could afford to own these items. Funny enough, those who make them can’t even afford them. For me now, it became less about owning 10 cheaply made white tees and more about owning 1-2 of quality made tees that will last me a while not shink or deteriorate after one use/wash. I’d rather spend $100 on a nice shirt that’ll last me years than spending that $100 buying $10 shirts here and there just for the sake of having multiple clothing items. We often think these sustainable clothing are expensive but in reality, if we save and invest in quality items rather than owning multiple of the same items, we can afford to live more sustainably.
I’ll stop here to prevent this post exceeding 1000 words but I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this. The journey to minimalism and living an intentional lifestyle that brings you joy doesn’t happen overnight but it is something that can be done starting with one single step.
Let’s chat: Are you a minimalist? Conscious consumer? Are you desiring to me? Where are you on the journey? Not started? That’s fine too. Let me know your thoughts below.
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