The Minimalist Experiment

I’ve entered a new phase in my life. I’ve realized that over the many years of life, I have amassed far too much crap.

Crap that just sits there, collects dust and tricks my mind. Tricks my mind into happiness, contentedness, and security. I threw out most things and donated the good ones.

My mom yelled in the background, “What are you doing? This is still good!”

It may be still good but there is just too much clutter in my room. I can’t think with all this noise. Everything just sits there, staring at me.

I was introduced to minimalism recently.

My Definition of Minimalism: The process of having few personal possessions, limiting the need to want.

I don’t need all these things. I’ve held onto these items forever and can’t bare to throw out anything. Do I need them? Everything changed when I went on that donation/throwing out rampage. I’ve kept these items in a vain attempt to physically manifest my perceived happiness.

Most of these things mean nothing to me. I have no real attachment to them, but I still feel the need to have. These items did not bring any happiness to me. And when they did, it was only momentary.

My money and time was invested in physical items that had little or no value and producing little momentary happiness. I’ve kept all the items that I hold dear: books (knowledge), some clothes (personal well-being), and assorted birthday presents (memories/treasured possessions).

Everything else went in the trashcan or the donation box. I feel good. I feel less cluttered. I can finally think and navigate my room with ease. I can breathe easy.

I’ve realized that the more things I had, the more I wanted. Surrounded by clutter, I had the subconscious need to have more clutter.

“What’s one more item in the sea of items?”

I kept spending frivolously on items that did not bring me long-lasting happiness. Now everything changes. I will start to save my money, spending them only on experiences.

I will spend on gifts for friends/family, social events, knowledge and trips. I will save and invest. I will invest in long-lasting happiness and treasured experiences.

I am fortunate enough to have everything I need. For most people, they can’t say the same. Yet, people live on next to nothing and still hold a gleaming smile.

“How? Why?”

People do not need much to be happy and strive. The basic essentials, good friends and experiences are all a person needs. We have been brainwashed by consumerist ideals.

They convince us that we need more things for happiness. A bigger house, a new car, a 100-inch HD 3-D television. In the grand scheme of everything, these things mean nothing.

I realize that now. Those items meant nothing to me. I can live happily without the clutter.

I feel like it has taken me 23 years to realize this one incredibly valuable lesson. I have the rest of my life to look forward too and I feel like this is a major epiphany in my life.

I urge you, my beautiful readers, to do the same. Petty items will not produce long-lasting happiness. They will clutter you, consume you and trick you into happiness. I urge you to live simply and simply live.

Speaking for myself, I already feel at ease. I am experiencing the calming effects of minimalism. Maybe it is just in my head. But, I figure, that’s the only person I need to convince. Myself.

If you liked this article and are seeking more, I would like to invite you to my personal blog. There are a variety of articles including, “How to do Heroin Legally” and “One Simple Fitness Principle.”

Be bold, be free, and love on.

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9 thoughts on “The Minimalist Experiment

  1. Fantastic article Leroy and there is a genuine rawness to your message. You have the ability to connect with life at a base level and advise on what is important and what is mere clutter. The brainwashing has tricked us into believing we need to acquire many things in order to survive, but surviving with a basic few and investing for the future is actually one of the wisest things we can do.

    “Petty items will not produce long-lasting happiness. They will clutter you, consume you and trick you into happiness. I urge you to live simply and simply live.”

    1. Thank you very much Richard! I definitely feel with less items, I can not think and focus in on what is truly important. It’s important to limit the need to want.

      I look forward to working with you and your blog more.

      Regards,

      Leroy M.

      1. We’re continuously bombarded with stuff and it’s tough to sift out what we do and don’t need. The key word as you say is to limit.

        All the best and likewise look forward to your next post!

        Rich

  2. That is EXACTLY how I feel today. I am cleaning and thinking, I have WAY too much stuff! It’s hard to get rid of things I might use one day. I have a birthday coming up; I just called my family and said DON’T buy me stuff. Groceries or donations to non profits,but nothing tangible!

    1. That’s great to hear. I found it incredibly easy to continue once you make that initial move. As for making the initial move, sort through items and ask yourself, “have I used this in the last 6 months?” If the answer is no, toss it. In my experience, if you haven’t used it in 6 months, you won’t ever need to use it.

      That being said, if you do need it, just buy it again, or switch to disposable kinds (if that permits) Less clutter is the goal here, so even if you donate or throw out one thing, you’re making a difference in your life.

      Don’t throw everything out all at once. Make those small baby steps!

      Take Care and Kind Regards,
      Leroy M.

  3. Very good job you did! That’s what I need to do with my entire flat. I’ve been thinking similar recently “How much of this stuff do I actually need?” I’m hoping to take a complete blog/social media break some time soon, so I can put all my concentration into sorting the non essentials. Too much time spent on the internet and not enough on my real life! There are many people round the world who live with very few possessions, if they can do it, so can we. Thanks for the encouragement! 🙂

    1. I’m glad you’re making a step towards the right direction. As soon as you start to concentrate on the nonessentials, you really start to feel a sense of ease. Speaking for myself, I felt the effects of less clutter immediately.

      There are a lot of people living on practically nothing and are completely happy. There is intrinsic happiness that you have to search for, not through material possessions.

      Kind regards,
      Leroy M.

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