I Tried Minimalism for a Week — Here’s What Happened

-by Alanna Ketler

A growing movement is sweeping the nation. Counteracting our culture of mass consumerism by bringing us back to our roots, minimalism allows you to live with only what you need, love, or require to survive.

“I really think that our material possessions are a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside of us. Once I started dealing with the external clutter I was able to deal with what was going on inside me. The mental clutter, the emotional clutter, the spiritual clutter, the financial clutter, this internal clutter.”

Minimalism Can Be Tailored to Your Life

As showcased in the video above, being a minimalist doesn’t mean that you can’t have anything beyond absolute necessities. That is a common misconception, but truly, there are no rules here; you can create them as you go.

How to Begin?

I personally love the way the woman in the video went about it, putting all of her stuff in storage except for the bare basics and then determining from there what she truly needed and what could be donated. How much stuff do you have in your house right now that you never use? Why is there? Decoration?

But, do you love it? That was another excellent point brought up in the video — why do we have so many possessions or articles of clothing that we don’t even like? If we are going to work hard so we can purchase something, shouldn’t that thing be something we love, and that makes us smile every time we look at it?

Just thinking about my own closet… I maybe wear one third of what’s in there, and everything else I keep either because it reminds me of a time in my life I enjoyed, or because I think, one day, I’ll wear that. But of course, I never do. However, I am gearing up to go live abroad for a minimum of six months, and am determined to downsize my belongings as much as possible. This will be a great way for me to practice a minimalist lifestyle and see what possessions I truly need.

To learn more about the benefits that can come from a minimalist lifestyle, check out
10 Ways Minimalism Can Change Your Life.

Remember, in the words of the late, great George Carlin, “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”

Much Love