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.
Today we meet Hulya, who tells us about her decade-long minimalist journey and the inspiration behind it. Be sure to visit her blog, A Minimalist’s Musings, to learn more.
Although I’m new to the blogland I’m not new to minimalism. For the last 10 years I have been methodically, diligently minimising my possessions, decluttering my environment and my mind. The benefits are enormous. I’m much calmer, more organised and definitely jollier.
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, I came to London 22 years ago and fell in love with this city which I call home now. However, leaving Istanbul was hard. Apart from the fact that I was leaving my family home for the first time, I agonised about departing without my beloved books and cinema magazines that I had collected over the years. I left the custody of my precious books to my dear dad. Every summer when I visited him I lovingly stroked my books, turned the pages of my magazines. Then one summer dad told me that they had had a bad flooding and most of my books which were stored at the basement had been ruined! I was heartbroken. But that incident thought me that, at the end of the day, events that we cannot control like fire or floods will happen and as long as our loved ones are unharmed nothing is that important.
Nowadays when I visit my dad, my family and friends marvel how light I travel. I do take the minimum amount of necessary items and get anything that I desperately need over there. It’s that simple.
My evolution from being a collector to a minimalist also stemmed from my profession. For the last 12 years I have been working in health and social care. As a social worker working with older people, I have the privilege of visiting people in their own homes and see the effects of hoarding first hand. Usually one of the most difficult decisions they have to make is to choose the most valuable ones among their possessions when they have to move to a care home or to move in with their children or other relatives. It is really agonising to see them go through this process. It’s also difficult for their children to assist them and even worse to clear out the home after their mum or dad pass away. Not only do they to deal with the loss of a loved one they also need to go through a mountain of stuff that may or may not have any relevance to their own lives. I hope that I won’t leave anyone with this difficult task in the future.
At the moment, I’m enjoying my minimal wardrobe (50 items, winter and summer clothes combined), minimal kitchen equipments and gadgets and the technology of computers and Kindle. As an eternal lover of books, Kindle has been indispensable. I even got rid of my bookcase! Is my home really empty? I wouldn’t say so; I still have furniture but every item I own has a purpose and I love having each and every of them. I wish every reader best of luck at their journey towards minimalism. It’s definitely a great destination to take!