Over the past year I have moved back and forth between Spain and Norway, in addition to a short-time move to Portugal for work. When you move away for one year with three 20-kilo suitcases and three carry-on bags, you start to wonder about the amount of things you own, and how many of them you actually use. Additionally, I have spent most of the year living in a shoe-box-sized room while keeping most of my belongings in another building (cheers to the student life). I thought it was a very inconvenient situation until I realized I didn’t miss most of my stuff anyway.
Durante este año he vivido un poco a caballo entre España y Noruega, además de haber pasado un par de meses viviendo en Portugal por trabajo. Cuando te mudas para un año con tres maletas grandes de 20 kilos y tres maletas de mano, te empiezas a hacer preguntas sobre la cantidad de cosas que tienes y sobre cuántas realmente utilizas. Además, la vida de estudiante me ha llevado a vivir en un sitio mientras mis cosas estaban en otro lugar, lo cual me pareció bastante inconveniente al principio hasta que me di cuenta de que ni siquiera echaba tanto de menos mis cosas.
Although I haven’t properly set myself on a journey to minimalism, I have started to think about this more and more, specially now during the Christmas time, when I have found myself wishing for no gifts.
Some things I realized this year + goals
Make-up is for me one of the biggest sources of clutter. I keep buying new makeup before I’m done with the old one! I know this is not entirely my fault, as it is how our consumerist society is set up, but still. Goal: I will use up everything I own before buying any new products!
I don’t need stationery. I own a lot of stationery because I used to think it’s so cute that I needed to have it all. Truth is, I don’t. Goal: It’s almost 2017, apart from my computer I only need one pen and one journal. I will get rid of everything else (read: give away).
I never end up using any of the pieces of clothing I don’t give away “just in case”. Goal: I will be decluttering my closet and giving away everything I haven’t worn lately by the end of this week. (I already feel relieved by how much lighter my suitcases are going to be the next time).
I don’t enjoy conventional gifts. I have been shying away from this thinking it was rude to tell people I didn’t want any gifts. I don’t need them to spend time and money on something they think I will like. I’d rather have my loved ones call and spend some quality time together than getting gifts. And, as I always say: if in doubt, buy flowers! Goal: I will be consistent in doing exactly this for my loved ones, and insist on how much I appreciate this approach!
Less is more
Clutter just makes me inefficient and it makes me procrastinate so much!! I realize it is a hard journey to minimalism and living with less things, but I am willing to give it a try. And you? Have you ever thought that you had too many things? Do you have experience with this lifestyle? Let me know by posting a comment down below or dropping me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.