minimalism

HOW I DECLUTTERED MY BELONGINGS

It’s week 3 of my minimalism journey. I am sitting here, being immensely thankful for this craze that came over me. The craze to live with less. The craze to let go. The craze to live a simplified life. I have never been happier! I walk through my kitchen and I feel this sense of peace. I am happy to see that some cabinets are empty. My closet is my favourite place to look at. It is so easy on the eyes. I know what to pick and wear if I want to go out right now. This week, my focus was on getting rid of other belongings I do not need. But it took another turn for me. I rather chose not to own more.

Minimalism - owning less

Prior to this craze, I had told Mr N that I needed a backpack to wear easily when I am out and about with the girls. But I discovered that there was a brand new kids’ backpack at home we had never used. So I decided to put it into use.

When I am going out with the girls, I put a few diapers, baby wipes and some snacks into the little backpack then I give one of the older girls to carry. That way, my hands are freer and I only carry the toddler. The little backpack is quite useful.

So last week Mr N called me while he was working on his computer. When I went to him, I saw that he had a shopping website open with many cute backpacks staring at him. He asked me to choose the one I wanted.

My first instinct was to find the cutest and pick. But I just felt this dissatisfaction within me. I didn’t really need the backpack. Not anymore. The small one I use with the kids works just fine.

So I told him we were using one at home that had never been used since we bought it. Then I said if I eventually saw a need for the big one, I will let him know.

As someone who likes “things”, this was not the easiest thing to say. But after thinking how getting another backpack might only mean accumulating more, I chose to let go.

It is okay to let go.

It is okay not to have an array of items.

It is okay to own less even when you have a means of owning more.

Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

I have been meditating so much on the passage above from Matthew 6: 19 and it just makes a lot of sense. I need to focus on building treasures that can’t be ruined – like giving value through this blog.

So this week, my “decluttering” was more of refusing to own. That said, I still have items in my house I want to let go of. Like:

  • My kids’ toys. I seriously need to purge their play space. This time I do not just want to donate to a thrift store. I am thinking of donating them to an orphanage back home.
  • My jewelry. This is a hard one for me because I love seeing those little things around but I don’t get to wear all I own so decluttering is needed here. My dressing table needs to breathe.
  • Makeup inventory. Now I have a part-time business as a beauty consultant with Mary Kay which means I have a bit of inventory in my home. I love Mary Kay but I’m seriously re-thinking continuing selling the products.
  • Books. Sometimes papers and magazines that are not needed pile up and occupy space. I have decluttered them before but I still need to do more purging.

I will keep decluttering room by room as the days go by. This is the prayer in my heart: Lord help me find the people who need the items I have that I do not need.

Next Tuesday, I will be sharing how I declutter media in my home. It’s going to be a good one!pre-signature-pro

7 Comments

  1. The Backpack story is so cute. I am so proud of you.
    When you refused a new one, Mr N must have been looking at you like ” Who are you and what have you done with my wife”? Lol.
    Your kids will learn a lot from this decluttering and look at possessions differently. And I agree we need to build up treasures in heaven. There’s none of those things that will follow us when we die. Even on earth here all those stuff wouldn’t have lasted forever. Sooner or later you would have to replace them. Good for you Precious. ?

    • Awww thank you.
      I know right. He was shocked.
      The kids are learning and I am glad they are. I do not want them to be hoarders when they grow up.
      Being unattached to material possessions is just such a blessing that I can’t fully explain. Thanks for always being a friend!

  2. Can I ask without shame what you will do with the Mary Kay items?*covers face*
    Ok bye!!lol..

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    • Hahaha my sister ask without shame.
      I honestly wish I could send some Mary Kay stuff to you. Maybe we will meet someday then have some makeup time together. A girl can dream, right?

  3. Olaitan Bobade

    Lool. Riiight. The MaryKay products. Enjoyed reading this and the Bible verse is just the perfect one.
    4 Secondary School Habits that never left (+2 I wish stayed)
    http://Www.laitanbee.com

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