I sometimes see posts on social media that make minimalism out to be some sort of magical life solution. These posts discuss decluttering and downsizing like they are the keys to all happiness. They share the ideas that living with less is somehow the solution for all that ails you.
And those are usually the same posts that make minimalism out to be nothing more than a fancy word for decluttering. But decluttering and organizing are not the entirety of minimalism. That’s why I appreciate this quote from the Minimalists so much…
Minimalism is not the end game. Chucking material possessions does not necessarily equate to happiness. You could get rid of all your stuff and still be miserable.
Removing the excess will, however, help you discover what does in fact bring you joy—experiences, people, passions—because it’s much easier to find the path once the debris is cleared.
Over the past couple of years, I have been on a bit of a search to find my happiness. When I discovered minimalism in 2016, I felt like I was suffocating in my stuff. Decluttering and downsizing both the things in my life and my surroundings (we moved to an entirely new state and a much smaller home) helped a lot to clear my head and provide breathing room.
I’ve been in Wyoming for over two years now, and I think the path to what actually brings me joy is finally starting to clear.
It took a long time to get this far.
Decluttering a house full of excess stuff was only the first step. And it is also a step that has to be repeated on a consistent basis due to the nature of kids and my non-minimalist husband.
Downsizing to a smaller home helped because there is less space to fill. It keeps the weight of things off my shoulders a bit more than having a larger space would.
And with the suffocating feelings and the proverbial weight lifted, I find myself finally able to pursue some dreams… to think a little bigger… to reignite some hobbies that I had lost touch with…
And it wasn’t until recently on this minimalism journey that I started to feel some happiness.
Decluttering made me breathe easier. It made me feel lighter. But being able to realize again what I actually love doing in this world, that is where I am finding my happiness. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m coming along nicely.
The Minimalists are right, clearing the debris does make it much easier to find your path.