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Minimalism Dreams

It has been ages since I last wrote about my quest to become a minimalist! So, I don’t blame you guys if you completely forgot about it. It has been a steady ride so far and I am totally enjoying the journey that I decided to give you guys an update and try to inspire you to check minimalism out.

AN UPDATE

 

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These are all my clothes

 

Looking at all the stuff I have now, it seems like I still have a lot of things. I do have 8 pairs of shoes, 3 pairs of slippers, tons of bags, and a reasonably sized amount of clothes. Some of the earlier things that I was able to discard were easier to let go of because they were things I rarely used. However, now that I have lesser things and left with only the essentials, it’s a bit harder to let go. Nope, scratch that. It is easy but it’s the crazy person in me who makes it harder. I sometimes ask myself why do I have to throw away a perfectly good pair of shoes when I can wear it out first? I don’t think that’s wrong. I think it’s normal and acceptable. After all, I’m not rich and I did save up for most of the things I have. Having that kind of mentality does slow down my progress but what can I do? I just can’t let go if some things…yet.

I know I just had a massive book haul the other month but I surprised myself to see that I don’t have a lot of books. The last time around, my shelf was filled with books but I have space now! I still have a couple of books that are waiting to be bought on OLX but I am so proud of myself that I was able to sell some.

I post a lot about beauty products but look at the only products I have! This is one aspect of my journey that I had a little trouble with. It’s hard because somehow buying and trying out new products have been an obsession/part of my blog. I was able to finish certain products first before buying new ones. It took a lot of discipline and I couldn’t be any happier. Nowadays, when I am about to finish a product, I really get excited. I give much thought before buying products. I don’t just buy impulsively anymore!

 

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I’m even using samples first before buying new full-sized products!

 

The one thing I am most proud of is how minimalism has completely changed my thought process. I always thought that I could and should buy new products when I had money because I deserve it. But being exposed to minimalism has really changed me. I always think before buying. I always ask myself if it’s a need or a want. I don’t just buy things because I want it or I feel like I need it. It’s a complete lifestyle change that I am going for and I couldn’t be any happier with my decision.

TRY BEING A MINIMALIST

I know it’s hard and daunting to even think about it but I highly encourage you to. I know I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg (solely focusing on material things first) but I believe minimalism has a bigger grasp than any of us can imagine. A year in, here’s a couple of more reasons why I highly want you to try and look into minimalism.

  • Environmental footprint – Let’s be honest, the world today is too consumeristic. Businesses and society want us to consume. We can drastically lessen our footprints if we change the way we think about our material possessions.
  • New experiences – If we start thinking less about material things, we can start truly experiencing life. We can start choosing to have more experiences rather than having new things. Think of it as, deciding to spend a day at home with your family rather than spending a day at a mall shopping. These are simple ideas that we can totally expound on.
  • Challenging societal standards – There are certain societal standards in place but with a different mindset, we begin to challenge and question it. Just because society says you should do it, it doesn’t mean you have to do it. Once we start questioning things, we can start living outside society’s box.
  • Happiness – I am truly happy. I am happy because I know I have discipline over consumerism. I am happy because I get to live more of my life without having to think of material things. I believe that one of the greatest reasons to try and look into minimalism is because of the happiness it can give you. Based on experience, I have simplified my life and it has helped me focus on the things that matter the most.
  • Life perspective – Once you have a clearer mindset on how you want to live your life or what matters in it, your whole perspective about life changes. It certainly shifts for the better. We only have one life to live and if we live more consciously, we can certainly make the most out of it.

I know these five reasons are more into the emotional side but I wanted to give you a different set of reasons as to why I think you should try looking into minimalism. Minimalism, for me, can be personalized and then seamlessly fit our lives. Maybe we’re too consumed by social media, you can turn to minimalism to start helping you focus on real life more.  Or maybe we always want to have the latest phone model, we can definitely turn to minimalism to remind ourselves that phones are just phones. More than just the obvious reasons, minimalism definitely reminds us that we can live minimally but still make the most out of it. That my friends is what I really want you to think about.

Want more? Here is a link to an earlier post on my goal to be a minimalist and a different set of reasons why you should try to be one. I also have this whole category for minimalism that I’d like you to check out.

Did I pique your interest? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this!

13 Comments

  1. Patingin ng booooks hihihi.

    So sa buhay ko pala ngayon, medyo minimalist ang dating ko haahha lalo na si Kyx. ayun, masaya naman hahaha di lang ako aware na minimalist pala ang approach na ginagawa ko sa ibang bagay.

    • OMG Aila, I tried pero ang dami ko pa rin na books! Iniisip ko separate post na lang yun para mamotivate din ako magreview. Pero ayun nga madami pa din sila. DM nga pala kita para dun sa Chuck na book 😛

      Kwento ka na diyan paanong approach ginagawa niyo ni Kyx! Ito yung isang bagay na gusto ko about minimalism talaga. Pwede iba’t ibang interpretation pero swak pa din sa life.

      • Di pa rin ako nanonotify if in case manonotify talaga kami ah hahaha lalang. inupdate lang kita.

        Si Kyx, sobrang minimalist na tao talaga. Nahahawa niya ako pero ang dami ko pa rin mga basura. siguro in time malelet go ko ang mga bagay na hindi naman importante.

        Congrats sa iyong minimalism. I can see naman na you’re working towards it. Ang galing! It takes a lot of discipline talaga eh. <3

        • Friends na kami ng JetPack support para malaman talaga if manonotify kayo. Sana oo!

          In time, sana maging minimalist ka din. Hindi man sa material things maybe sa ibang aspect. 🙂

  2. Uy isa rin to sa gino goal ko hehe. Ako naman ang concept ko ng minimalist ay mamuhay ng simple para makita ng mga anak ko na di magarbo ang buhay namin at we can be happy sa mga simpleng bagau. Although lately madalas ako bumili ng damit ni eldest kasi nung di ko sya nabilhan ng matagal at nag ayos ng damitan nya, nakupo wala ng kasya. Literal. Hehe. I want my kids to feel na sa simpleng panonood ng dvd sa bahay (hindi kami madalas mag sine kasi mahal pag kamig apat!haha!) pwedeng maging masaya ang family 🙂

    • Megggg!! Ito namang ginagawa mo goal ko sa future life ko. Totoo yang sinasabi mo, kahit simple lang basta magkakasama ang family ok na ok na yan. I hope sana ma-appreciate ng kids mo at future kids ko yung lesson na to. 🙂

  3. Ang hirap magpigil sa pamimili. Hindi nakakapagshopping ng damit at sapatos kasi nandito ako sa isla at wala talagang mabilhan (Colourpop lang nabibili namin dahil nagdedeliver for free ha ha ha). Pero sana hanggang sa makauwi nako for good, makasanayan ko na yung ganitong lifestyle (na hindi nako magshoshopping). Nung nasa DUbai kasi ako, halos tuwing lalabas pag weekend may naiuuwing bagong damit huhu

  4. Yay! Ako din po I’m trying to be a minimalist. Actually before di ko alam na may tawag pala sa ginagawa ko. Nalaman ko lang nung pinoint out ng friend ko na I’m heading towards that kind of lifestyle. Haha! Pero slow process sya, ini eliminate ko palang yung mga di masyadong kailangan sa layf.

    • Yeyyy! I’m so happy to learn na ganun ka din. 🙂 Ang happy naman nung process diba, kahit matagal. Sana soon we can achieve our goals na talagang ung necessities lang

  5. Ahhh. I’ve been wanting to give minimalism a try but I just have too much stuff (lipsticks palang e, hahaha) that I just can’t seem to let go of. So what I’m trying out is a minimalist type of organizing all my shit (if there’s even such a thing). Good luck on your quest, gurl!

  6. Wow it sounds like you are doing really well on your journey with minimalism – I love the idea of buying samples before the full products to make sure you really do love them! I have been giving minimalism a try myself because I feel like by reducing physical clutter it helps me declutter mentally as well, but can agree with all of the other benefits you’re listed:) Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Wow, that’s great of you to adapt to the minimalist lifestyle. I’ve been wanting to do something similar but I find it difficult to get started – in fact I just bought a lot of new clothes… hahahaaaa. Glad you’re adjusting into it really well though.

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