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Today, Miss Mini tells us about her decluttering goals, and the progress she’s made so far. Please visit her blog to read more about her journey.
Miss Mini writes:
I have spent most of my life surrounded by things I love. In spite of having things around me, I wouldn’t call myself a hoarder or a messy person. I could probably say that I had more than what I needed, but not excessively. I live in a small room at home. Where I come from, it’s normal to live with your parents. I am in my forties and still single (and have no plans of changing that status). I’ve always had a lot of clothes, but I make sure they don’t overflow from the closet, and regularly give old clothing to charity. I love paper products and have all sorts of nice stationery, envelopes, note cards, note pads, etc. I also love music and own hundreds of CDs. If I hadn’t given away any of the CDs I owned ever, I would probably have around two thousand.
I have always been the type to keep my room neat and tidy. At times it would be filled with stuff, but I’d eventually get down to decluttering. However, I don’t think I have ever come close to having a “minimalist look”.
Over the past few months, I’ve again gotten the desire to have a somewhat minimalist look to my room. I have been rather obsessed with major decluttering and started searching the internet for inspiration. This was when I cam across various blogs about minimalism. Although I have heard of the term before, I never knew that it was a lifestyle, at least to some, wherein one was required to own a certain number of items. I don’t think I could ever become minimalist in the strictest sense of the word. I would however, want to become what I’d like to call a customized semi-minimalist.
I have decided to pare down my belongings to essentials and the things that I enjoy. I do not wish to have all my worldly possessions fit into a suitcase. But my goal is to have no things on the floor, except for the furniture that belongs on it. Everyday, I try to muster up enough courage to get rid of things that I couldn’t bear to throw out just the day before. I am having difficulty getting rid of paper products, though. It seems like such a waste to be throwing out a piece of usable paper, mainly because of environment concerns, and for just not wanting to be wasteful. I am all for giving away things to people who could use them, but how do you give away tiny scraps of paper that can still be used for jotting down reminders and stuff? As much as I’d like to just dump them in the trash (I have on occasion), I feel that it’s wasteful. So I’m still stuck with a lot of paper. But I haven’t bought any in years, which is good. I’ve also been sending out cards and letters to my friends just to finally get rid of all of it.
So I’m giving myself until December 2012 to finally straighten up this room I live in. I’m doing great progress. I just gave away 5 bags full of stuff to charity, and threw away most of my photos after digitizing them. I need more inspiration and everyday, I continue to check out blogs and sites that will help me reach my goal. Wish me luck!