This is where it starts to get really challenging. Now we need to ask ourselves the question, “What is the minimum that I need to live?” Francine notes that you do not need to worry that you will be expected to sleep on the floor or live in a tent but you do need to challenge yourself. It is not enough to wave your magic wand and say that you need everything that you have.
There is no magic number of items or even a formula that you can apply. Everyone’s ‘enough’ is different. It can depend on your location, family, children, hobbies, upbringing and experiences.
Embracing minimalism is a personal choice. It is not about depriving yourself but giving yourself the freedom to live and enjoy the moment. There is a liberating lightness which comes from letting go of possessions so take the time to look around you and decide what you can live without.
Some of things you could consider when attempting to narrow down your possessions:
- Duplicates – these are easy – you don’t really need 2 (or more) do you?
- Sentimental stuff – Francine suggests ‘minituarising’ as a way of dealing with these – an example could be a place card, photo, swatch of dress fabric and a dried flower from the bouquet all in a simple frame as a wedding memento rather than keeping a wedding dress and all the trimmings.
- Digitising – scanned photos in files on the computer rather than shelves full of albums that gather dust. If the digitised files are well catalogued they are actually more accessible than hard copies. You can also keep back-ups in different locations in case of disaster.
I do not purport to be perfect in any of these ways but am certainly working on it. What about you?