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To reduce my baggage in this world
It’s been a while since I decided that I want my life has got to be about enjoying my journey through this world, to travel light and to really enjoy living. Which is why I started to reduce the number of things I have, from clothes to jewellery and even with books (that it has been the most difficult part, cause they are my favourite treasure). My reason has got a lot to do with that phrase from the movie “The fight club”
“The Things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Zero waste movement and its effects
To reduce the amount of waste we generate each day has got profound effects in the relationship we have with the planet and with all of its inhabitants. When you finally understand that the intention is not to consume mindlessly, but to stop and be aware of each thing you are consuming, you end up no only with the idea of lessening your negative impact on the environment but also you want to take to a minimum everything that doesn’t add value to your life and keep only what brings you joy.
Letting go of everything to start over, can be or not the answer
In some cases the fact that you don’t want to generate waste it means to give the things you own a second chance in life because the fact is that it doesn’t make any sense to throw everything away and then start to accumulate things again. It is about understanding why do you have that object, what meaning/use does it has in your life and if you are willing to reduce the number of things you have or you rather keep them and give them another purpose.
My rules to reduce at home
- I have more than a year without using this object and I didn’t even know that it was there. Better to give to someone that will value it and use it.
- The object has a sentimental value. It’s better to start using it, otherwise, it might be best to let it go, the memory will stay with me.
- I have more than what I need and I always use the same. In my case this applies to some pieces of wardrobe, like my bags, I always use the same ones, so it doesn’t make sense to keep the other ones.
To be attached to material things doesn’t make any sense, to have more things at home means having more things to clean up, or being more preoccupied with it when you have to move, it’s spending more time organising and less time living.
Advice from my family
A while back I was kinda of a hoarder, nonetheless in my family downsizing was common on one of my aunties and my Mum. They don’t like to have things that are not being used, and although I used to think they were a bit extreme about it, I must say I felt a great sense of peace when I visited their houses. For them beauty, order and minimalism are the same things, nowadays I get that we should only have what we truly need and use like my Mum tells me sometimes:
“We have to let the energy flow, what are you doing with that thing you’re not using? Someone else could be using it. Open space and let things that will really add something of value come to you”
And this could mean anything, a trip, a person, an experience or even an object that will have a positive impact in your life.
In the next post, I will share how I reduce things at home in an environmentally responsible way.