Today, I was flipping through an old Moleskine journal. This particular journal has been in my possession since 2011. When I jot down ideas, I often create new notes on my phone. However, lengthier lists and sentiments get transferred to a journal. I’ve stopped the habit of keeping ALL my outdated journals, as one of my recent goals is to let go of the past. Keeping old memories tends to influence my bad habit of dwelling.
Here was a manifesto-like entry from last year. I had just read Marie Kondo’s magical book, and was ruminating on the topics she covers. Of course, the main tenants of the book revolve around identify what sparks JOY in one’s life! Now, I notice that my desires are similar, only becoming more honed and specific. It answers the main question that I ask myself: Why live a minimalist lifestyle?
What kind of lifestyle do I want?
I want a life with no more than I need and no less. I want only to acquire high quality pieces that I can come to love and value in my home. I want my home to be a sanctuary. I’d like to come home to only pots I need (my family has around 4 sets of pots, which drives me crazy), tupperware that I need, and just enough. The books that I adore. I want space to practice yoga (I’m a licensed yoga teacher), and no clutter from crafts that I don’t do anymore!
I want my closet to represent simplicity. I wish I utilized a true uniform. I want to live a life that no longer revolves around impulsive purchases, or picking up after clutter constantly. I wish I could wear only jeans and a turtleneck, but turtlenecks are so confining- they put tension on my neck (I have rheumatoid arthritis). SO, perhaps I should release that notion, and focus on making my closet more monochromatic (check!) and comfortable. I want to use one thing at a time until it completely wears out.
I want less laundry
I want less clutter
I want to be released from the consumer cycle
I want a uniform
They are practical, travel becomes easier.
I want practical, comfortable clothing because my job, and hobbies require comfort!
My favorite line: I am no longer willing to sacrifice comfort for a TREND.
One year later and I still completely relate to this list. My closet has evolved in the last 12 months, as has my thinking, and more so, my identity.
Why do YOU want to live a minimalist lifestyle?