I have been slowly moving toward a minimalist lifestyle without realising what that was. This movement was spurred on by something quintessentially un-minimalist – my New Year’s resolution to have my home fully furnished and styled by the end of the year.
In order to achieve this resolution, I was facing one big obstacle – how to fund this. Being at home full time with a new baby and living off one income, I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as putting it on the credit card. I started off by looking at the furniture I wanted to replace. This was good stuff. It wasn’t cheap, it wasn’t ruined, it just was no longer wanted. I realised the best thing to do was sell it. I loaded ads onto Gumtree (for the international readers, it’s like eBay but solely for local pickups). Once I got the taste for selling, I realised –
The feeling I get from selling/giving/throwing away things is invigorating. It’s like I was trapped by these objects and getting rid of them from my life is like I’m getting parts of my life back.
So I have continued editing my life in each room of the house – going through furniture, books, clothing, handbags. Although some of the things I’ve sold will need to be replaced, there’s a lot that won’t be and I feel lighter for it.