The topic of minimalism has been brought to my attention this month, which I guess is not a surprise considering it’s the month of ‘New year, New me’. Many people want to get rid of things they don’t need because decluttering = simplicity = less stress and serenity. I’m definitely a believer of less is more.
I like to consider myself a responsible spender, one that thinks about the usefulness of my purchases before throwing away my money. My friends and family on the other hand would probably tell you that I’m a cheapskate instead *rolls eyes*. Even I would at times think that maybe I am cheap. However, all this talk about minimalism this week has led me to come to a discovery. I think I may have been a minimalist all along and have never known because it had been masked as cheapness for all these years!
Now I know I am not a true minimalist. I could never go to the extremes as the people seen on The Minimalist, but I think I am 39.1% there. I thought I’d share some of the things that I do, which makes me believe I am a minimalist. Maybe these points can be seen as tips for those who want to be a minimalist too? I know, who do I think I am right?… I just discovered I may be a minimalist, and I’m already out here giving tips :$ :
1. At the end of every year, I like to clear all the pictures on my phone and upload them onto my desktop. I spent a whole day this month organizing my pictures from 2016 into files and subfiles. I think there may even be a couple of subfiles for those subfiles. This makes it easier to find pictures in the future and it makes me feel good when everything is organized and neat rather than seeing a window of 800-1000 individual images. This is me being a minimalist digitally (lol).
2. I rarely make impulse purchases because 99.9% of the time, I end up regretting it. Whenever I think of impulse purchases, I remember the time I bought this nail shining kit. Three years ago, my friend and I were shopping at a nearby mall. A lady from the booths that are set up at the center of the mall lured my friend to her booth. This lady started to buff my friend’s nails and once she was done with her, she grabbed my hand and convinced me I was going to be amazed. Not gonna lie, I was a tad amazed at how shiny my nail got, but hell to the no was I going to spend $60 on that kit. My friend has a hard time saying no and was ready to buy it. Then the lady just had to mention 2 for $80 and my friend’s eyes widened with joy because now we both can get $20 off. I still didn’t want it, and I definitely didn’t need the cuticle oil and lotion that came with the kit. The lady then opened a drawer and gave us a bunch of sticker attachments for the nail buffer and mentioned that all we have to do is show the receipt to get more free attachments in the future. She won me over with the free stuff *sighs*. Literally a couple of days after the purchase, I came across just the nail buffer for $5 on Elf!!! Also that booth was nowhere to be seen when I visited the mall again a month later -.- . That kit was lying around my room, unused, and was an eye sore every time I looked at it. I ended up throwing it away after realizing it was just wasting space. THIS is why when I want something that’s not a basic necessity, I never buy it right away. Instead, I write it down and then weeks or even months later when I come across the list, if I find I don’t really care for it anymore, I cross it off. This just saved me from buying a product that I probably would have used for a week and then had lying around, forgotten, causing clutter.
3. I don’t buy much clothing or accessories because I don’t see the need for it. I’m usually into dark/neutral colours and plain/simple styles, so they can always be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. It probably also helps that as a nurse, I don’t need to really worry about buying outfits to look good for work because I just switch between the same three scrub pants and hoodies. This is just me of course. I know other nurses who love to buy a bunch of cute scrubs, but I just don’t really care for it. Same with bags, I have three main bags and a wallet. I won’t buy myself another bag until one of them gets worn out and is deemed unusable.
4. I am very nostalgic, which probably at times can be a hindrance to being a minimalist. I keep many items because it reminds me of memorable moments. I have a box actually for memorabilia where I keep things like my high school id tags, my first concert ticket (nkotbsb), my key chain collection from different countries, etc. If I am attached to something that is causing clutter, I take a picture of it to remember it (I don’t know if I’m considered weird for doing this). For a long time, I had kept my first wallet around. My friend and I bought the same wallet together right before starting high school, which felt like a big step to adulthood for us at the time (little did we know there was still a long way to go). I used that wallet for all of my high school years. Anyways, I couldn’t get my self to throw it away, but knew it was adding to the clutter, so I took a picture of it instead to remember it by. This way, my nostalgic self can still remember and cherish the item, while creating less clutter.
5. Last year I told my friends that I don’t want birthday gifts anymore (some of them chose to ignore me and get me something anyways smh). I asked this partly because I find gift giving a stressful task, but mostly because often I find that the things I’m gifted with are things that I don’t really need. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not ungrateful for the gifts I have. I usually like my gifts, but I just don’t need it you know? For example, I mentioned how I use 3 bags, but I have 2 other bags that have been gifted to me, but I don’t use it. I am too lazy to switch contents from one bag to the other, so those 2 bags just hang there, making me feel guilty for not using them.
So yep, this is my way of convincing myself I’m not a cheapskate after all. I’m just a low key minimalist. It sounds better 🙂