Start writing a post

I have always wanted to be a minimalist because to me life is so much more than materialistic objects.

Recently, I have tried to become more minimalistic and it has proven to be much harder than I thought. I first started with my closet because that is where most of my "things" come from. For me, I have endless amounts of clothing and shoes, but "things" can be anything it looks different for everyone.

I started out by cleaning out clothes that were damaged such as stains or holes. It was not hard letting go of things that were broken. However, when I started letting go of clothing that I never wore this hit me hard. It was so hard to let go of all the things that I knew deep down I would never wear. However, I kept telling myself that I would eventually wear it.

After a few hours of purging my closet, I had three huge garbage bags full of clothing that had been gently worn or never worn at all. I knew someone who was exactly my size and I knew she would appreciate my clothes. The best part about cleaning out was being able to give back to someone else.

I still have a long journey before I become a true minimalist, but I think that I have made good progress so far. This journey has reminded me just how blessed I am for the things I do have in my life. It is still hard for me to let go of things that I do not truly need. I hope that it gets easier to let go of things in the future.

The society we live in today is constantly telling us that we are behind and that we need to catch up. As I have started this journey I have come to see that society is wrong and the things it says we need are simply just a want. I no longer desire to follow along with society. I do not think I will ever find my happiness by chasing something that will never be complete.

Sure, I still have selfish desires and wants but I will always be grateful for the small things in life. I am thankful for a safe place to live, food, and water. Every day these basic needs are taken for granted and too many times I have taken the basic needs for granted.

The most important thing that I have learned throughout this journey is to be grateful and to treat everything like a gift. I hope that the things I no longer find value in my life can give value to someone else in their life. I just think of all the clothes that still have tags on them and think about all the people in the world who do not even have clothes that fit.

This article is not to convince you about becoming a minimalist, but to open your eyes to all the things you should be thankful for that you take for granted. I think that everyone can give back in someway there is nothing too small to give. I hope that if you are reading this that you find a way to give back. It could be as simple as holding the door for someone. Whether you strive to be a minimalist or not whatever it is that you strive to do it with your whole heart.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Women are known to lug around heavy purses with unnecessary items inside. How many of these useful items do you keep in your own bag? We need to be prepared with a list of things to have with us whenever we leave the house again.

Keep Reading... Show less

I personally love using song lyrics as my Instagram captions, especially from songs that I love or that mean a lot to me, and I happen to love Harry Styles and all of his songs! So I made a list of lyrics from each of his songs that you could use in your next Instagram caption.

Keep Reading... Show less

Everyone's been here. And, truthfully, it sucks. But in order to move on and get past something you need to allow yourself to feel it for what it is--all of the heartbreak and pain--and then you can start to take steps move on.

Keep Reading... Show less

11 Christmas Movies You'll Remember If You Were A 2000s Kid

Because I'm still reminiscing about simpler times.


The Christmas season is coming to an end, but it's not too late to get some last-minute movies in! Unfortunately, this year didn't look like a typical Christmas. While we can't have any big Christmas parties or family gatherings, we can still celebrate at home! Christmas is the best time for nostalgia, and we could all use some warm and fuzzy feelings as we wrap up a tough year and enter a new one that hasn't been proven any calmer, either.

As a kid who grew up in the 2000s, I can think of some of my favorite staple Christmas movies. If you're looking for recommendations or just a walk down memory lane, check out the list below.

Keep Reading... Show less

9 Reasons 'The Wilds' Should Be Your Next Binge Watch

The Wilds is the Best New Show on Amazon Prime


As we enter the new year, you might be looking for a great show to kick-off 2021. Look no further, I have the perfect recommendation. "The Wilds" was released on Amazon Prime last month and has been gaining traction steadily since then. This series of 10 one-hour episodes tells the stories of eight girls who find themselves on a deserted island after their plane crashed while they are on their way to a resort. Unlike other survival shows, there's a bit more to the story than what first meets the eye. This show is unique in characters, storytelling methods, and plot.

If you aren't convinced yet, allow me to provide you with a list of further persuasion.

Keep Reading... Show less

5 Therapeutic Ways To Be Adventurous During The Pandemic

Add some music to reduce the COVID-anxiety a bit and perceive your surroundings as the elaborate setting of a land far, far away from home


Even if we are not traveling abroad at the moment, we can still travel locally while maintaining social distancing and preventative guidelines. Sometimes, the little things in life seem the most fascinating and joyous to us compared to the flamboyant luxuries that we perhaps have a wishful desire for.

So, as a potential remedy for our travel necessity, I have listed 5 alternative ways in which you can relish your traveling desires during this pandemic.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Things TikTok Made Me Buy, And Now My Life Is So Much Better

Where would I be without my Revlon hair dryer or CeraVe skin products?! Thanks, TikTok.


TikTok is a great way to see what products are trending. People are sharing tips and tricks about items that they use to make their life happier, healthier, or just easier.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments