In autumn of 2016, I stumbled across people who practice being some type of minimalist. Now the definition may vary a little, but essentially it is about having less stuff in your life.

Since that time I have read a little more, subscribed to a few newsletters and started to practice some basic minimalism. While I would not call myself a minimalist by any means, there are some things I like about it.

I never really took the time to think about how many possessions I’d accumulated over the last 50 odd years. Not only had I accumulated a lot, but more importantly I probably was not using 50% of it.

Over the holidays I decided to do a wholesale cleaning of my wardrobe. It was amazing after 1 hour of going through everything that I have that I was donating 2 large recycling bags full of clothes I never wear, to the local thrift store. My closet has lost a little weight.

In addition, I am trying to adopt a new mindset when I want to make a purchase. The question I am asking myself is:

“do I really need this and will it improve my life.”

I know the first part is usually easy to answer, but the second part is a little tougher. I can report that I have already deferred several purchases using this strategy.

My plan over the next few months is to look at more of the “stuff” in my life and evaluate on whether I need it or not. If I don’t, either sell it or donate so someone else can use it. The goal is to reduce the clutter in my life and some of the anxiety that comes along with owning too much stuff.

I don’t think I will ever become a full-fledged minimalist. However, I do believe there are a lot of good things that I can apply to my life. For the time being, I will continue to read and become more educated and hopefully learn some new things along the way.

For those who may want to know a little more, you can start here at Becoming Minimalist. This will keep you busy reading for a while. Also, I need to give a shout out to a family relative – check it out here at Tiny Home Dream. They are living the minimalist dream!