This is a maiden post in my very first blog in the blogosphere.
I’d like to extend a special thanks to Blogger David Damron of The Minimalist Path and Life Excursion for encouraging me to create a blog of my own with respect to my daily transformation from pack rat to minimalist: “Less space. Less things. More Life.”
This blog is a diary of my genuine feelings moment by moment. May these posts inspire and assist you in your journey from clutter to freedom.
My Minimalist Musings:
A woman I met in early December told me to do just a little bit every day, and that my apartment would be organized in no time. And she was right. In just a few short weeks, I have painted my abode and have rid myself of enough belongings that I now have a small open space smack dab in the center of my living room. Certain areas of my carpet haven’t seen the light of day for 5 years.
I have begun to organize the boxes in my apartment according to what they contain. One bedroom wall is set aside for office supplies, another for CD’s I plan to upload to iTunes and sell to a cd store, and another for papers relating to my voice acting career. I spent a mere 15 minutes today moving a collection of items from the hallway shelves to designated boxes in my living room and bedroom. Small steps such as these are giant leaps in my long-range goal to owning so much less than I do now. A little bit means a lot.
Don’t have a lot of time? Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning out one drawer.
Don’t know where to start? My mom used to say, “If you don’t know where to start, then it doesn’t matter where you start. Just start anywhere.”
The FYE music store gave me $21 for the CD’s I sold today.
You see, getting rid of things is always in the forefront of my mind no matter where I am or what I’m doing. So while I was having a late-night meal at the Imperial Inn in Chinatown with my bridge friends this evening, I gave two of the CD’s that FYE did not purchase to two of my friends. I left home with 20 CD’s this afternoon and came home with only two. How cool!
So the long and short of it is (and preferably shorter than longer) … keep it simple … even when it comes to minimalizing and downsizing, my friends. And keep it fun and breezy.
You don’t want to get bogged down or frustrated because you don’t think you’re making any progress … believe me when I tell you that the mere fact that you have brought your clutter tendencies to the forefront of your mind and want to do something about it are huge steps.
You cannot change what you don’t confront.
Peace and love.