When I was a kid, I was always cleaning my room, throwing out stuff I wasn’t using, I was trying to have a room as empty as possible. I was taking pride in having a minimalist room compared to the other rooms in the house. Every month or so, I was filling a big trash bag and I was feeling better.
With time, it became only once a semester and after that, only when I was trying to recover from depressions. It was a way to cope with my mental health troubles, clearing my space was clearing my head.
Since I left high school, I’ve been so busy with work and classes that I haven’t taken the time to make space, or only when I was moving out. I knew it was impacting on my life and on my creativity, but I always had something else to do, so things stayed the way they were.
Then I found the great blog Be More with Less by Courtney Carver and it inspired me to change things, and I’m really thankful for that. While I’m not planning on adopting a minimalist way of life, it’s still a source of ideas, it helps me see how I can simplify my life and erase this “I’m-so-busy-I-don’t-have-the-time-to-do-anything” mindset.
To me, taking a hold on my life again was first getting rid of stuff that was parasiting my life. Trust me, you don’t realize how much stuff are polluting your life before you start your cleaning spree and global decluttering. I don’t necessarily talk about the mess in your hallway or the mountain of clothes in your bedroom – even if it definitely enters the category too – but about those annoying emails and newsletters you never wanted but never unsuscribe from either. I’m talking about the things people expect from us and about those Facebook ‘friends’ you don’t care about but don’t delete you don’t exactly know why.
I’m taking things slowly and it’s still a work in progress but here’s what I’ve accomplished so far:
Unsuscribed from newsletters I didn’t care about anymore or never suscribed to
Deleted useless internet accounts (twitter, thredup, threadless, threadflip, ymail, rad, flickr…)
Unfollowed a bunch of blogs and instagram accounts
Deleted people on Facebook I didn’t care about
Deleted several bookmarks from Chrome
Emptied my inboxes
Deleted stuff from my computer
Deleted stuff from my external hard-drive
I feel like getting rid of all those stuff helped me open a new page in my life, feel “new”. I realized I was feeling kind of oppressed by all these things that were useless to me, that should have been thrown months or even years ago (I mean I still had assignments from the degree I started three years ago and gave up on three weeks after starting).
If you have trouble getting rid of things, I strongly recommend you Courtney’s blogs and especially those posts: