Declutter 101

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Journey to Minimalism

Anyhow, I am back for another blog post and I am excited about this one!! This is about minimizing and I’ve got to say that I am way in love with this lifestyle. It’s not a bad thing to love what makes you happy and contented, right? I got this idea of minimalism from a good friend of mine who also is one of my best friends since high school.

Her name is Kim. She lives a productive life and all of her friends (which is us, obviously) can see how she organizes and manages her days well. She is a chef who has a passion in drawing, novels, writing poems, and still get to do the stuff she wants after she gets home from work!

Kim recently bought a film camera from another friend of mine – who loves photography just like her – and she captures moments of her life and uploads it on her Instagram account. Kim doesn’t have any social media accounts other than Instagram since she believes social media is not necessary to have in our everyday lives.

Social Media ≠ Necessity

I have not come to accept to be real because social media for me was a mood controller. I loved memes; Facebook and twitter easily supplied me those and it would enlighten my mood after a bad day. I even listed benefits of socmeds to my life: being updated for the next school schedules, news about class suspensions, news about health, and other stuff I thought was really important.

But after living without socmeds (for 2 weeks now), I’ve come to realize that they aren’t necessities after all. I can still be updated of our school schedules and class suspensions from a group chat, news about health and other stuff can also be seen on my phone without the help of social media.

It was a BIG step for me because I never thought I would let go of my so-loved Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also deleted my Instagram account because it’s not my priority or one of my passions – at least for now. In addition to that, seeing other people live their lives through their stories would just lead me to compare my life to them which is really unnecessary and unhealthy.



Minimalism: the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker

Reading about Minimalism

It’s been 16 days after I’ve started to declutter my room! If you have known me or have seen my room at least for once, I am unfortunately a messy person. 🙂 I want to contest that now because I can finally say that I’ve changed from a messy girl to an organized-never-going-to-clutter-again person.

Thanks to Kim who introduced me to minimalism. One day I saw Joshua Becker’s book entitled “The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own,” and I took a picture of it. I knew I couldn’t afford to buy the physical book.

After returning home, I opened my phone browser and downloaded an epub version of the book (it’s illegal please don’t report me). The book was a real page-turner! There were so many lessons I wish I had known earlier. While reading the chapters of the book I started to minimize the things I own starting from my room.

Here are some pictures I took while decluttering.

I know It’s a mess

I’ve already warned you… I had successfully removed all the stuff I wasn’t using for the past months (and heck – years even), expired and finished beauty products that are needed to be disposed of, other things that I already donated to some of my friends (a mini windmill and a stuffed toy gift from my ex, lipsticks I didn’t even open), books and extra stationery I wouldn’t use anymore.

CLOTHES stored in my closet that will never be worn again by yours truly. Even some sentimental items I couldn’t dispose of. I thought it was hard to remove them in my life but after realizing that these things may have value for me – but since I’m not using it I think it’s better to give them to other people who might need it.

After watching a vlog by a minimalist about dealing with sentimental items, I got to internalize all the thoughts that she said and also gave me an easier way to accept that these items can be forever in your memories even if they aren’t in your storage boxes anymore. You will also have a sense of generosity if you give these items to other people because at least you know those things you once had can be of value to others as well.

So this is the view of my room as of today.

It’s very pleasing to MY eyes because this bedroom once looked like three hurricanes had passed by it every day. Having a habit of cleaning or even just putting your trash instantly in a bin is just a small act and it won’t even last for an hour to do it.

Building Good Habits

I quote Joshua Becker as he said: “Counteract procrastination in your home with a simple rule: if a job can be completed in less than two minutes, do it now.” So the takeaway lesson is if you want to achieve something – then you just got to start acting on it.

Fixing my bed every time I awoke has been a habit I developed just recently and it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Drinking water has also been a new habit for me because I’ve been dehydrated my whole life – an inside joke because I barely drink water even if I know this is one of the most important nutrients our body needs.

A new habit I discovered is to read books. It was one of my goals ever since God knows when – to make “reading” one of my habits. I’m really glad that it’s starting right now since I know this would benefit not only myself but also the future patients I would come to interact with. A book (scripture) I hope to finish is the New Testament.

I’m reading it via the Bible app and it’s kind of fulfilling as well because I’m following a 60 day New Testament Journey and in the app, you can see a streak every time you log in (I am now on my 16th-day streak). I’ve also started using Goodreads because this is where I find potential books that are worth reading.

It’s helpful since you can see ratings, reviews, and descriptions of the books. I’m reading every day and before going to sleep. I use the moon+reader app on my phone and it’s been great since I can highlight and save those notes as text so I could read it anytime I want to.

A summary of this blog post.
  • Counteract procrastination in your home with a simple rule: if a job can be completed in less than two minutes, do it now.
  • A maximalist is very uncomfortable with the idea that anyone might miss out on something that’s the least bit interesting or valuable.*
  • Define your passion and recognize that you were not born to live someone else’s life. You were born to live yours. So determine today to be the best possible version of yourself through defining the approach to minimalism that works best for you.*
  • You will have a sense of generosity if you give your sentimental items to other people because you know those things can be of value to others as well.
  • Habits are like the atoms of our lives. Each one is a fundamental unit that contributes to your overall improvement.*

This is just the beginning of a new identity I have come to believe. As James Clear said, “The most effective way to change your habits is to focus not on what you want to achieve, but on who you wish to become,” and another one of his quotes – “The real reason habits matter is not because they can get you better results (although they can do that), but because they can change your beliefs about yourself.”

I believe I want to become a reader and a writer, that’s why I have a goal to finish 50 books in 2020 and blog about the experiment of finding the habits that would help me in becoming the best version of myself.

Here are some of the books I have cited:

I hope you enjoyed reading!

Warm wishes,
Maeve

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