I’ve never been a minimalist, although it is a concept I am interested in. Something that really holds me back from really delving into the world of minimalism is the question “When is the point that minimalism has been taken too far?” “When is minimalism no longer a positive thing and instead has a negative impact on an individual?” “Where and when do you draw the line?”
I think before I really begin being more brutal with my belongings, it’s important for me to think about these questions. I believe that too much of anything is, well, too much. I see everything as a wave – more of something is often better and eventually, you reach the peak of that wave. After the peak, more of said thing only brings more and more negativity. Not to say that this theory is true, but it is how my scientific mind thinks!
So with minimalism, it is important for me to recognise once I am heading past the peak of my… Minimalism wave of happiness?
I think minimalism will begin to be something that brings more negativity than positivity to me with time once I begin getting rid of things that I literally would repurchase. That would just be wasting money, which is wasting opportunity and freedom, which is silly.
I also think minimalism will begin to become something more negative to me than positive when I begin getting rid of things that I have actually put effort into purchasing – things that really do enhance my life and that push me up to a better position than I’d otherwise be in. For example, getting rid of clothes I’ve put a lot of thought into purchasing – clothes that make me feel really confident when I wear them and clothes that I love, would make no sense at all. Doing that would just bring me down to a position of less opportunity to feel confident than beforehand.
I would also be super hesitant about getting rid of any of my Lush products. Although it doesn’t make sense to some people, and although my Lush products do bring me some stress and anxiety, they also bring me a lot of joy. I think not having all of these beautiful products to pamper myself with and then to review would bring me some sadness. They are all my gifts to myself, and help me to feel like I do deserve to be pampered and to spend my money in a way that brings me joy.
Other things I’m super hesitant to get rid of are things I have very strong emotional attachments to. I’ll be the first to admit that this is the area where I hoard the most, and I could definitely stand to get rid of a lot of these items. It’s just some items – like toys from my mother’s childhood that she’s passed down to me, or cinema tickets to films I saw with my partner years ago, that I’d not feel great to part with. I understand that memories will always be memories and that a solid object isn’t required to hold onto good memories. Some things just feel too precious to simply get rid of! It makes me feel so happy when I find those little nik-naks!
There’s also my books that I love, my old school certificates and grades and work… Admittedly, I think getting rid of a lot of things would make me feel pretty down – because most of my belongings do genuinely bring me joy! I don’t think there’s any shame in your possessions bringing you genuine joy. As long as you get rid of the things that you WOULDN’T feel sad to get rid of, the things that would actually bring you more POSITIVITY and FREEDOM to get rid of, then that’s all that matters!