Everyone has a reason behind why they’re removing unwanted distractions and possessions from their lives. I realized I haven’t yet shared that here on my blog, so I figured it’s about time to let you in on it.
The Three C’s
Minimalism, for me, is about clarity, control, and concentration. These things were either lacking or failing in my life a couple of years ago, and I realized I needed to change. A lot of it had to do with my massive intake of nothing other than coffee, coffee creamer, and spaghetti with marinara sauce. I wasn’t in a healthy place, and my mind was suffering. It took a few eye openers before I actually started treating myself better with a proper diet and exercise. I noticed improvement.
Then, about a year and a half ago, I started my moving spree. I lived in massive apartment with friends, then a small house (where the bedrooms were 8’x10′), then a small and ancient one bedroom apartment, and then I moved to Indianapolis where I am today. Each time I moved, I realized it was more difficult than the last time – it required toting several loads across town in my tiny car and my parent’s truck. I started feeling, in a weird way, like this stuff was wearing on my like my poor diet had been. And it was.
I started getting to the point where my bags of clothing weighed several times what I do. Every drawer was a junk drawer, and was getting worse. I found no joy in cleaning or in getting rid of things I no longer needed. So, I started to make some changes.
When I began to realize how much I and others around me truly had, I felt a panic settling in. What if this stuff prevents me from doing what I want? What if I’m missing out right now because I can’t let it go?
I hadn’t been creative in months, and it was difficult for me to do so if things were cluttered or if I didn’t have an adequate workspace. If I had a desk, it was covered up with papers and old coffee mugs. If I had a chair, it was piled high with clean and dirty clothes that needed a home. My work was often frustrating and my mind was waving a white flag.
Once I started to get rid of things, I was able to see more clearly both figuratively and literally – my space became easier to clean and more visually pleasing. I felt lighter and was excited about sharing what I had discovered with others.
Another one of my nasty habits is to let things go wild, although are well within my control. While I’ve got a pretty good game face when it comes to every day interaction, I often feel as if everything is spinning out of my grasp and running away without me. My mind, my time, my aspirations…
Since I’ve become more deliberate about what I buy, what I keep, and what I eliminate from my life, I’ve noticed a greater sense of control. There’s not too many physical possessions in my life anymore that shouldn’t be, and that’s been doing wonders for me. I still slip up once in a while but learning how to talk to myself about mistakes and opportunities moving forward has been one of my unique challenges/opportunities as I head down this path.
I think this one is my most prized reason for eliminating things I don’t need. I get distracted and frustrated easily, and when things are in my way or aren’t where they should be, I’m thrown off. The less interruption, the more I’m able to focus on what’s really important. Like relationships, taking time to be creative, and taking care of myself.
Even this blog has been a product of what I’ve been working towards for the past couple of years – it’s a way for me to practice the discipline of writing (heh, although I’ve been terrible about keeping up with posts lately) and expressing myself for the betterment of others. The more I work on myself, the more I have to share with you all. It’s a beautiful circle.
So, what’s your reason for making the switch? I’m curious to know where you all have come from, and where you want this journey to take you. What are your “three C’s”?