Striving to become a minimalist

In my search to be more content I hit a few road blocks. Either health issues or getting a new obsession (vinyl records being the latest), it’s hard to be content with my life. My current goal in my striving for contentment is learning to be more of a minimalist. This past weekend I took some huge steps toward that. I gave away or threw out the things that I really don’t need and can part with. As a result I have a pretty clear room and a very organized closet. I think I have a little ways to go but it really does feel good.

It is funny the things I hold onto. There are things I thought I would use again someday but it has been years. There were a few things that I couldn’t part with that will continue to take space in my room. Here is some of the items:

My Letterman Jacket: I thought this was so cool when I got it my Junior Year in high school but when I got to college it instantly became uncool. I really want to get rid of it but I felt like it would violate some unwritten law. Have you or someone you know been able to successfully part with their Letterman Jacket?

Old toys: Sadly enough these were toys I collected in the 90s to have some connection with my childhood. There are just a few to represent different eras of my childhood like He-Man, Star Wars, Gumby and Pokey, etc etc etc. These things will just sit in a tote and may someday see the light of day again. I don’t know why I want to keep them but there is something about pulling out the Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader figure and extending out the light saber from their arms that bring back so many memories from the 70s.

Yearbooks: I don’t think I will ever let these go but they have come in handy for reference materials as seemingly random people try to add me as their friend on Facebook. “Okay, I remember you from our 10 year high school reunion but you are saying we knew each other from High School too? So THAT’S why we were hanging out. Trippy stuff.”

Books: I was successful at getting rid of most of my books but there are some that I still hang on to. I may never read them again but there are some books that really changed my life and so I hold onto them as reminders of the lessons I have learned from them. I think the only way I can part with them is if I can give a book to someone whom is open to learn the things I learned.

Just so you know I don’t like to acquire new stuff all that often so if you ever give me something and I accidentally cringe you will know why. I will probably stress at first over where to put it and then in a few weeks I will stress over the best way to get rid of it. Sadly I do this with the things I buy for myself too. You would think I would stop torturing myself!

Updated on: September 9th, 2009

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