10 things my first semester of college has taught me
Parties are lame. Maybe it’s my (un)bearably sheltered
childhood, or my introverted style that brought me to this conclusion, but I’ve
yet to find anything appealing about groups of young adults cluttered into tiny
houses snapchatting videos of their $3 Budweiser beer being poured into a red
solo cup. Maybe it’s just me.
No one cares. This is a harsh, but true fact. I
pass different faces every time I take the same
route to class. I have yet to recognize one. I can’t name our student body
president. I’m not even sure if we have one. Somehow amidst a society where
everyone is involved in everyone else’s business, we lack the competency to
have genuine human interactions here.
College is lonely. Why? Refer to number 2.
College is just living at school. Nothing more,
There’s an increased emphasis on family values
and morals that will be revealed within the first week. Not everyone showers.
Not everyone brushes their teeth. Some people have never picked up a cleaning
rag. Stay clean folks.
If it’s not an HBCU, it’s a PWI (Predominately
White Institution). Once again, there is no in between.
Music is even more important than originally
thought. I’ve always been a music lover. But in a big poor city where
everyone’s at least a little mad, I find solace in the tunes. Let it take you
to places. Let it take you wherever you want.
Roommates. You’ll figure out what I mean by that,
I promise you someone is almost always ahead of
you. Never, ever, ever, underestimate
your ability to think that you are better than you actually are.
It was through Veganism, that I discovered minimalism and than within minimalism I discovered the:
Capsule Wardrobe (33 key pieces)
Turning the hangers around for a month
Images of Tiny Houses
Youtube videos about traveling out of a backpack
Youtube videos about people choosing to live in their cars
2. How did you start the de-cluttering process?
By culling my wardrobe. Slowly but surely, one by one pieces
1st, the odd socks, fluffy socks and old-discolored clothes
2nd, clothes that no longer look right on my non-pregnant body
3rd, jeans that didn’t look right, fit right, felt comfortable over a pair of leggings
4th, can you see my underwear through this item?
5th, give back people’s clothes that don’t belong to you
Got rid of items that were duplicates
3. Have you ever counted all your things? If so, how many things do you own?
Roughly, I own:
50 pieces of clothing, but I have intention of going down to 30 items (not including underwear or vests)
5 pairs of shoes
20 hygiene and make-up items
10 books (4 are for Harvey)
16 DVD’s but I have plans of getting rid of 6
If I counted the rest I would say I own 100 things at the moment.
4. What are your tips for dealing with the desire for more?
Carry a sustainable shopping bag - This saves me money, and if I only carry that one bag then I’m less likely to buy anything that won’t fit in that bag. It only carries up to 5 pieces of clothing at any one time.
Plandays or weeks in advance - This is more important when it comes to food shopping or you’re living on a tight budget.
Would you rather? type of goal setting - Make a list of things you’d rather do, e.g. swimming with friends, instead of a new top
Ask yourself these questions - Can I make more then 5 outfits with this item? Or, can I wear this with all the other pieces in my wardrobe? If no, don’t buy it.
Ask yourself why am I buying this item? Am I buying it just because it’s on trend? Just because it’s on sale? Just because it’s a logo? If yes to anyone of these questions, don’t buy it.
Eat, before you shop! - TRUST ME ON THIS ONE!
5. How do you deal with non-minimalists in your life?
Patience, light suggestions, pray that they don’t take your stuff Sophie and if they do, they’ll put it back. Biggest hope, is that they’ll see you improve your life and that they’ll want to do the same.
6. Do you have any guilty pleasures where minimalism doesn’t apply?