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  • I have way too much stuff

  • Those were the thoughts running through my head around two years ago as I was packing up my life to move back to Sweden

  • after having lived in the US for a couple of years and now you might think that the mental aspect of emptying the space that's

  • Been once home for some time and leaving that space to go back to the other side of the world is what's going to be

  • the difficult part

  • The physical aspect of actually collecting everything you've accumulated over the last couple years and fitting it all into suitcases

  • Shouldn't be too hard in comparison

  • ya know

  • Spending 72 ish hours going through a bunch of stuff. That didn't mean much if anything to me and

  • Organizing it in to keep tossed gif or donate wasn't exactly how I had imagined

  • I would be spending my last few days there, but hey, I'm not bitter

  • Because after all dealing with that was what put things into perspective for me

  • see, although I didn't know exactly how I knew that from there on I wanted to have and do more of what actually

  • mattered to me in life and less of what wasn't and didn't and

  • I guess that's what kind of put me on the path of minimalistic living

  • What I didn't know at the time was that this journey was going to end up being about a lot more than just things

  • But let's not get out of Rostock skin

  • Now my name allistic living means different things to different people

  • To some it means selling everything and moving into a van to others

  • It means owning a maximum of five pieces of furniture and dressing in great t-shirts every day

  • To me just meant that if something did not bring me value

  • I did not want it in my life

  • And if something did bring me value, I wanted more of it in my life. And so I started to live by that

  • Or at least I started to try and live by that

  • Because let's be real oftentimes. We kind of suck at defining and determining what's actually valuable and what isn't

  • How does one really know and what counts as valuable is a dress that you associate with a certain memory

  • Valuable is a person who treats you poorly but makes you laugh valuable

  • I think those things are just what you learn to figure out along the way

  • by roughly speaking to me if I love something or need something then it's valuable and

  • Anything else will have to go

  • Now love and need are some pretty strong words, which is why I say roughly speaking

  • love and the scenario could simply mean that it's something I appreciate and

  • Need could just mean that something is necessary and neither needs to be materialistic

  • Although that's how it started when I got back home

  • Like getting one drawer in order and then I would take on a bigger task like my closet and then the whole room

  • and once I felt like I was starting to get my physical belongings in order I

  • Started looking at other areas of my life

  • What do my relationships look like? How do I spend my time?

  • What about my habits priorities and spendings are those in order what sub category do they fall under?

  • And it wasn't just about what I let go

  • It was just as much about what I let in because if you're going to let go of a bunch of shit

  • But then let a bunch of shit back into your life. And what's the point?

  • Now getting into this whole categorizing thing. I started to acknowledge how everything became a reflection of something else

  • Thoughts reflected thoughts actions reflected actions. Allow me to explain

  • So for example and not spending money on things that weren't important

  • that reflected itself and not spending time on things that weren't important the common denominator here being spending or

  • In only wanting to keep good quality items

  • I also became more intentional with maintaining good quality relationships the common denominator being good quality

  • What had happened was that in being more intentional with physical things?

  • It made me want to be more intentional with other non-physical things as well such as my time

  • Relationships my priorities and my habits and that's been the biggest takeaway from this experience

  • See in the beginning all I expected from living minimalistic aliy was to feel more clear minded less stressed

  • Freer and so forth, but it was more

  • It wasn't just about the time saved on knowing what to wear in the morning

  • or the money saved on not shopping on sale or the

  • Satisfaction of knowing exactly where all my belongings were because I had so few of them now

  • Although those were all good things what ended up happening?

  • extended way beyond that

  • living more minimalistic ly truly taught me how the small decisions I make for myself end up becoming part of the bigger picture and

  • I personally have my idea of what I want my bigger picture to look like and

  • So with that awareness I try to have every decisions that I make aligned with that. I

  • Really? Like what was said on a podcast? I was listening to a while back

  • they were talking about how

  • Not finishing the food that you put on your plate might reflect how you don't finish other things in your life

  • Now in some parts of the world, it's part of the culture to leave food on your plate, but that's another story

  • and I found there to be truth to that and how the decisions that we make might reflect itself elsewhere and

  • in using minimalism as a framework for decision making

  • Those decisions become more deliberate

  • Now this is of course just my experience with minimalism. Not everyone will have the same experience

  • And I don't even think it's for everyone

  • Some people thrive in cluttery environments and that clutter might not at all reflect itself than any other area of their life. I

  • Definitely don't have everything in order myself, and I don't strive to either I think there is charm and a little bit of chaos

  • But just a little bit

  • Now I wouldn't necessarily

  • label myself a minimalist

  • Partly because I don't know that I take all the boxes whatever they are

  • But mostly because I don't really want to have someone threw a potato at me because they see me lurking around. Hmm

  • But one thing's for sure

  • You definitely won't see me running around the airport with six suitcases. I will rather spend that energy right here

I have way too much stuff

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