The word ''minimalism'' outlined with a pink and 
turquoise gradient.

Minimalism doesn't have to be a white room that's nearly empty.

My minimalism is white, pink and bright turquoise because those are colors I adore. My minimalism has room for my beloved video game collection and select books. I didn't declutter my doubles but stored them for when the one I currently have in use breaks.

Minimalism is about simplifying life and keeping the things you love and derive use from. It's not just about possessions but also spending your time in ways that are worthwhile to yourself.

I like minimalism because it means I have to make less choices and it makes life simpler and my space less overwhelming.


Helpful Tricks

Considering where an item's "home" will be before purchasing. If I can't think of a spot that's a strong sign not to purchase.

Keep a wardrobe basics table (this video explains what it is and how to set one up)

Avoid unnecessarily browsing physical and digital stores (still need to work on the digital one but it's getting better)


Resources

10 Tips to Eliminate Visual Clutter (video)

Self-Discipline with Minimal Effort (video)


Minimalog 2022

Ramblings about my own progress and things I enjoyed in a given month.

July

I've been so minimal that I didn't even keep a minimalog for the past few months! No, I'm joking. Things have still been entering and exiting my life. As long as most of them are replacements, I think I'll be content with that. A lot of the things I have but don't use much were acquired by my younger self. I'm slowly working on letting go of those that aren't of interest/use to my present self. It's pretty hard!

I've occasionally been going around and organizing my spaces, while very slowly decluttering some items here and there. Monthly (quarterly?) favorites: reading, looking at artworks online.

March

The living room is still minimally furnished. I find it to be the most calming room in my apartment, and I hope to expand that sense to the other rooms (to the extent it's practical).

I've actually been reading again. I want to work on quitting books I don't like rather than reading them to the end, and get in the habit of deleting the files so I won't forget that I read it and accidentally attempt to read it a second time.

I don't like using youtube these days because I feel like it keeps recommending me drama or controversy. Just give me (non sensationalized) documentaries and cute gardening or craft videos!

February

I didn't exactly do the 30 day challenge described in the January entry, mostly just emptied some rooms and brought fewer things back into them. My living room currently is very minimal and I find that calming. Aiming to keep it that way. Remembering to look at the stars once in a while.

Trying to remember to take some full, deep breaths throughout the day, but that's proving harder.

January

Hid song ratings in my music player so I can't fuss over "completing the task" of rating every song.

Feeling stressed out by how much stuff I still have. I'd like to try a 30 day challenge similar to this one, although with a less strict start (having a mattress, fridge, etc).

Mind you I'm not going for a magic number, and I don't intend to become an extreme minimalist. I'm just noticing there's much I haven't used in a long time, and it might be time to part with some of that.



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