Becoming minimalist

February 27, 2013

Becoming minimalist is a fairly new concept to me.  I have always heard it, but I never fully understood what it meant, which may sound silly, but judge not my fellow readers! To me that just meant being organized and not having a lot of stuff.  Now although that is correct, I always considered myself to have those qualities. Yet, who am I kidding?! I'm far from minimalist, but I would slowly like to get there.

The topic of minimalism definitely relates to my drive to me a millionaire before I'm 30.  Cutting down on useless products and stuff will help keep me organized as well as keep my life on track in terms of my spending. I don't want to buy things that I don't use or that just take up pointless space in my apartment.

I read somewhere that 80% of our activities are completed with only 20% of our things! Now I'm sure those numbers aren't set in stone, it depends on the person, but I feel like that statement has definite validity.  

Let's back track a little though on how my life is now.  I've always considered myself to be average or above average in the 'clean & tidy' category.  My apartment is pretty much always clean and organized, but I have little areas that are cluttered and I am running out of room for my stuff.  Which in my mind, isn't a reason to get a bigger place, it means I have some major spring cleaning and organizing to do.  

Do I really need 22 bottles of lotion? no.
Do I need 136 different pens and pencils? no. (I do have an obsession with office supplies though, specifically pens! But that's a post for another day!)
Do I need old magazines and old text books? no.
Do I need a closet full of drawer organizers and boxes when they aren't being used? no.

These are all areas that I need to work on, and hopefully start to organize and whittle down to only what I need, not what I want or what's on sale on large quantities, *cough* body lotion.  That way I can efficiently function in daily life without getting lost in a clutter abyss.

Is anyone else working towards becoming minimalist?


  1. the first chapters of "The Happiness Project" talk about clearing clutter and how it relieves stress from your mind as well as wallet..

    My after work goal this week is to purge my space from unwanted / unneeded goods as well!

    You should borrow my book (who i borrowed from my cousin) to read the first part to help with your inspiration regarding this specific thought!

    1. I'd love to read it actually! Definitely love a good inspirational book :)

  2. I have been doing 52 Weeks of Less Stuff and it has honestly made me aware of how much money I waste on things like lotions or oil burners... makeup... etc. Has given me a drive to become more minimalistic and to stamp out the urge to buy just because I want it.

    I also have a pen obsession. I need a few pen pals to use up paper/pen products.

    1. Glad I'm not the only one with a pen obsession haha. Well good for you for doing 52 weeks of less stuff. I'm definitely getting there!

  3. Yay for minimalism! I'm on the bandwagon and trying to get rid of all the crap we have built up!

  4. Awesome! Well keep it up! It's definitely so much less stress and more freeing getting rid of stuff we really don't need or use! Next step for me is my stock piled storage room of junk!