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Activate The Magic Of Minimalism: 4 Quick Steps

January 9, 2011

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

– Hans Hoffman

I’m not a hard-core minimalist(yet) but I like to think that the few steps I’m taking each day are leading me to a place where my possessions won’t have the best of me.
Today, I opened my closet for a quick scan of what to take on my trip to Paris in 10 days. Instead of basking in the glow of excitement of my coming trip, my mind instead registered the terror of having to move all this clothes and other stuff I own when my husband and I move to another Greek island in March. The mind being what it is, then proceeded to fast-forward another 8 months and infuse even more stress at the thought of once again having to move but this time to a different continent. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about here.  The question remains Why? Why do we let objects take over our life and most importantly take our freedom.
I won’t lie, it’s not easy to break free and it’s even harder to actually kick-start the whole minimalist process amidst fighting with memories. You need sheer willpower and determination to win this fight. You must truly believe that this will simplify your life and you must truly want to simplify.
I can guarantee you that when you do get this ball rolling, you won’t want to stop. There’s something magically beautiful in being light. You feel it in your soul. The process itself will suck. No matter what anyone says, there is no liberation in the process itself. The magic happens when it’s all said and done. When you finally let go, you create a space not only in your physical surroundings but within yourself. By getting rid of crap that has taken over your life, you manage to clean the energy that surrounds you and then, and only then does the magic have space to enter.
Here are 4 quick steps to help get you on your way:
  1. Pick 1 area to start with. Only concentrate  on 1 thing. That can be your clothes, books, music or anywhere you feel  you can tackle at that particular moment, that won’t totally freak you out.
  2. Go Easy.  Don’t try to eliminate everything on your first attempt. No one expects you to go from a house full of possessions to 50 things or less overnight. It’s a process. A process that you’re in control of. Do what feels right for you. I’m choosing to eliminate 1 thing a day at the moment.
  3. Eliminate Immediately. Once you choose some items you no longer want or need, get rid of them quickly. Now. You don’t want these items hanging around making you reconsider your decision. Remember to Sell, Recycle or Gift your useless possessions as throwing things out just leads to a heavier burden on our planet and someone’s junk is always someone elses treasure:).
  4. Enjoy the Moment. This is the time to sit back and bask in the glow of having taken the first step in what is sure to be a difficult and challenging journey. Applaud yourself for taking that step.
Wow! How does that feel? Always keep in mind that everyone is different and what feels right for me, might not feel right for you when it comes to the game of minimalism. There are no magical numbers and although many minimalists aim for 100 things or under, you might feel perfectly great with 300. This is your life, you choose the number that makes you comfortably feel simple and gives you back your freedom.

Would love to hear from those who are experimenting with this right now as well as from any of you that might have any tips or suggestions.
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