Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details.
This week, it’s my pleasure to share this contribution from Jensen. I’m so impressed that she’s embracing a minimalist lifestyle as a teenager. Had we all been this mindful so early in life, we’d have a lot less decluttering to do!
I came across the idea of minimalism a couple of years ago. I’m a 16-year-old girl to whom the prospect of living free of all clutter is insanely inviting.
It’s hard with all the temptations of being a teen girl. I constantly want the newest clothes, bags, and gadgets that many of my friends have. We have enough money, but not enough to really spare. I think this has helped me in my journey because I’ve learned how to budget my money and figure out what I truly want.
My family fully supports me in wanting to be a minimalist, but they don’t always share the same passion I have in wanting to downsize our family possessions. I’m slowly getting rid of most of my “things.” Last spring I cleaned my closet completely and it looks a lot better. I also re-decorated my room last year to show how relaxing and inspiring a simple room can be. Some of my friends joke about me wanting to get rid of so much, but it feels so relieving every time I toss an old memoir away. While deciding whether to get rid of something or not, I ask myself, “Does this thing actually bring back a memory or do I use it often?” Usually the answer is no, so into the trash it goes!
I try to focus on one area of my room every week. Sometimes it’s my desk or my bookshelf or under my bed. Slowly but surely I’m getting rid of things I thought would bring back memories but in reality just bring dust. I can’t wait until I go to college and can truly weed out what is unnecessary! I often find myself planning my future house and how simple it will be.
I hope minimalism becomes a larger-known philosophy because the more people embracing it, the happier our society will be! As for now, I’ll just have to keep clearing away the excess and focusing on the happiness simplicity is bringing me.