You’ve probably read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or seen the Netflix rendition. There’s a beautiful happiness hack in cleaning and organizing your living space. The best way to do that for my own space has been by simply reducing the sheer amount of shit I own. Clutter is damn unlikely to occur when you don’t physically own a ton of things.
This is obviously easy to say as a single guy with no kids, but the vast majority of us only use about ten to twenty percent of the things we own: clothing, books, furniture, knick-knacks. What if you got rid of all the things you don’t use on a regular basis? All the things which don’t bring you constant meaning and fulfillment?
Many of us are sentimental. I’ll admit, though I threw away 80% of my belongings several months ago, I still have a shoe box loaded with concert tickets, old playbills, and other memorabilia. You don’t have to throw everything away. However, a lot of the stuff you think you can’t live without because it means something to you deep down…if you tossed it out, a week from now you literally won’t remember it was thee in the first place.
There’s an amazing documentary on Netflix succinctly titled ‘Minimalism.’ It’s inspiring and will put you in the right mindset if you choose to pursue a life of less.
The way the lifestyle is defined by the Minimalists (the dudes this documentary is based on) goes something like this:
Minimalism is the opposite of not caring about your stuff. It’s about removing all the distractions and the things you don’t actually need or only care about on a surface level. That way, you can focus all your attention on the things that really matter to you. Own less. Live more.
If you are having trouble starting, try the ‘33 Challenge.’ On day one, get rid of one thing. The next day, get rid of two things. The third day, three things…and so on until you’re getting rid of 33 things on the 33rd day.