A few months ago I came across a blog about being a minimalist. At the time It didn’t really seem like a concept that I could do it because I looked around my apartment noticed how much I had collected over the years. I thought it was a great concept but it didn’t feel like a concept I could actually use in my day to day life. Up until a few days ago, I stumbled across a Netflix documentary about the guys who started that blog, and it clicked: I can do it my own way of becoming a minimalist.
Now, I know how good it feels to clean out my closet, clean up my room/apartment/garage and get rid of all the crap and to someone start new again. Using that momentum, I think I can reduce, resell and recycle all of the things I thought I needed. Like 5 different cardigans and kitchen appliances I last used 2 years ago (just an example, there are many more things I’m getting rid of)
What I think I learned from the blog and from the show on Netflix is that minimalism is a way of life and it’s about having less noise, less things and being more focused on the moment and your social surroundings more than anything else.
It actually sparked something inside of me and for the past few days I’ve been clearing my entire apartment and sorting through anything from Tupperware, lipstick to bed linen. And I’ve been trying to look at each item carefully and then decide if I want to keep it or to let it go. To really thoughtfully think about it’s purpose in my life.
Without it sounding too corny, I found this whole experience of cleansing my apartment to be motivating and energizing and feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
As much as I’d love to just throw everything away I’m also trying to sell things online through Facebook marketplace. It might be a slower process than just to throw it all away but I’m a bit of a cheap ass like that and I’d love to get some money back for all my crap. Of course if there are things I can’t sell or just wont sell, I will definitely give them away to my close friends, family or to my local secondhand shop. There’s a little second hand shop just a block away from where I live and its my favorite place to browse. Might do a blog one day about all my amazing finds there!
This actually ties in well with a concept from the man himself: Gary Vaynerchuk. He started a movement well many movements but one of them was to flip things. It’s a term used when you buy things cheap and then resell them at a higher price to get a little bit of spare change in the piggy bank (or a lot!). The movement was even on Instagram tagged as the #2017flipchallenge. People were raiding their own houses and going to garage sales to find things valuable enough to sell and getting money for. The goal was to get to $20,170 before the end of 2017 which at the time, only gave competitors seven weeks. I like a challenge but even for me I felt that was unrealistic, but that’s just me. I love the spirit and the incredible motivation Gary has to all his followers some people even made it to the end of the challenge and did end up with that $20,170 which is incredible.
Along with becoming a minimalist I also want to do my own sort of flip challenge ends with anything that I see is remotely sellable I will sell and with all the profits that I make I will hope to put towards a holiday or further education for myself rather than “stuff”. I’d rather spend my money now on experiences with friends and family rather than things to collect and own. The darker logic to it all is that we can’t take all these things with us when we go – and by “go” I mean when we die, pass on whatever happens when we all finally kick the bucket. The sooner we all grasp this minimalist living concept and realize this that it’s about experiences not things that we will focus more on being one as a community. Even the idea of it being remotely reachable is quite romantic and yes I’d love to be part of the change.
It was all to do with a small idea from a blog which caught my eye or at least stuck in my mind enough to help me think or we think about changing how the way I live. Which is part of the reason why I’m blogging right now is because I want my blogs to be motivational and somewhat helpful not just to do with seasonal styles and things that I think are coming into trend – although I do kind of like that stuff too. The thing that really stuck with me was that (in the Netflix documentary) it was said that minimalism is more of a recipe and you can use any sort of ingredients you want and apply them to your own life. I really hope to learn from this and hope to minimize what I have, yet create a space which is more open to possibilities of caring less about if my clothes are going to match or not because I hope to fill my closet with clothes that go together quite easily. Well yes, that’s on a smaller level but I mean in the bigger picture, I hope to consume consciously and even go as far as leaving less of a footprint on the earth. (So just being a better person in general)
What I also really liked about the Netflix documentary about minimalism is that the guys are huggers and after each talk they did about their minimalism journey, they get up and hug people which I thought was yeah just wait I’m sure there’s a psychological reason that they do it to get a physical closer connection to the fans or whatever it is it’s just sweet I think that’s really nice.
So stay tuned I will keep you updated and maybe even keep score of what I sell and how much or even just how much in total I can save or collect from selling everything that I don’t need. I’m still going to keep my favorite hand bags and shoes – for now…