I really embraced minimalism when I got together with my boyfriend Jackson last year. He really inspired with the kind of lifestyle he chooses to live. He owns a few essential clothing pieces (one pair of pants, two pairs of shoes, one sweater, three shirts) and his music equipment… that’s it.
I started my minimalism journey by getting rid of most of my clothes. I only kept clothes I loved and felt comfortable wearing. I currently own about 25 pieces of clothing (without underwear and socks). The biggest impact of having a minimal amount of clothing is that I NEVER have the feeling that I have nothing to wear. I know a lot of girls tend to feel that and fill the void by shopping.
Minimalism means a lot less stress. I really used to struggle budgeting at the end of the month due to impulsive “bargain buys”. Now when I see a good buy I think about the product in question waisting away in the corner, having no use and taking up space. I feel like I’m earning money every time I tell myself no.
My favorite thing about minimalism is getting down to the essentials and only owning stuff that has value to you. When de-cluttering I give my clothes to thrift-stores and friends and family since I myself almost exclusively get my clothes and electronics second-hand. It’s my way of not supporting our catastrophic consumer culture that piles on to climate change.
Minimalism doesn’t really have any hard rules. I only know that it inspires people to travel and search for alternative ways of living. My boyfriend and I are saving up to buy a used small crossover SUV to live the van-life in. We are both after the type of feeling you get when you have a certain kind of freedom in a world of strict constraints. I wanna explore that in the future.