Throughout 2015, I slowly began to downsize my belongings and got more and more interested in minimalism. I don’t think that I’d consider myself to be a minimalist. Yet, ever since I was a child, I’ve had times were I needed to declutter my belongings because I started to feel crushed by my belongings. In the last few years, every time I came back from travelling and living with only a few possessions, I felt crushed by my belonging. In early 2015, I’ve moved back in with my parents for a variety of personal reasons and decided to stay there until the end of my studies and safe my money for travel after I’m done with uni. In other words, I knew that I’ll be storing my belongings in my parents’ attic or barn, so for once I wanted to get rid of everything that is neither necessary nor making me happy. So for about a year now I’ve been slowly downsizing and decluttering my belongings, including my geeky collections.
While I don’t know if I’ll ever be a true minimalist (I know there is no such thing as a “true” minimalist), but I do like the idea of owning only things that a necessary or that make me happy. After living out of a backpack and only a few possessions for months, I’ve learned to appreciate living with less. I know that minimalism is not just about your possessions and that it is rather a lifestyle seeking to simplify our everyday lives. So when I’ve stumbled upon this 30-Day Minimalism challenge I decided to give it a go. I started this challenge on March 1st and will write each Friday a summary of the previous week.
This will be an interesting challenge for me. I try to be honest about everything and will not stress myself over “not being perfect”. In other words, let’s see how things will go!
30-Day Minimalism Challenge
Day 1: Stay offline for one day
I’ll be honest, I completely failed on my first day of this challenge. I see no point in accepting a challenge and then lie about it. At first, I’ve only did some research for a univ. paper, but then Lord of the Rings Online happened and I ended up spending hours online. The truth is, I’m not even sorry. However, I will pick another day within this challenge to stay offline.
Day 2: Meditate for fifteen minutes
This one was challenging, too. It was a real struggle for me to meditate for fifteen minutes. Usually, I only meditate 2-5 minutes before going to bed, so 15 min was tough. I’ll keep meditating and try to increase the duration in the next few weeks.
Day 3: Declutter your digital life
I can proudly say, that my pc was widely decluttered and organized before starting this challenge. As mentioned earlier, I’ve been decluttering everything throughout 2015. However, I managed to declutter everything even more and feels great!
Day 4: No-complaint day
Again, I’ll be honest and write upfront that I failed a few times already today and it isn’t even noon yet. However, just thinking about it made me more conscious of my thought processes and made me re-evaluate certain situations. This is another challenge I’ll keep on improving in the weeks to come.
Even though my success rate so far is rather questionable, I’m very excited about this challenge. Also, I’m also keen to incorporate some of these prompts into my daily habits.
If you decide to join this challenge, leave a comment down below, I’d love to read your updates throughout the month too!