37 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 3 bags
It is nearly a year since I started minimising my life. The more time I have spent reducing my things, the more I realise how little of what I own I actually use. This month has been about reducing electronic and digital clutter.
- No DVD’s. It started with the DVD player, sitting behind the TV, getting dusty. I realised I had dusted the thing every fortnight for the last eleven months, and yet I’d only used it a handful of times. The DVD player was the easy part. The hard part has been letting go of my DVDs. I didn’t have many, but the few I had were my most favourite films and TV series of all time. I found it surprisingly difficult to let go of these. In the end logic prevailed. I barely used the DVDs and they took up space. I can get digital versions of them all anyway. I sold the films and gifted the TV series to a friend.
- No TV Screen. While I do have a large screen, it wasn’t connected to any TV channels, I simply used it for enlarging media viewed on my laptop. I consider television to be quite vampiric in nature. It’s very easy to switch it on when tired, sit down, and allow time to get sucked away. I did away with television channels a few years ago, when I first started living on my own. I used the spare time I gained to kick start a number of creative projects, and the experience enriched my life. Recently I realised I had barely even used the screen at all. The truth is, I’m used to my tiny little laptop, and it is perfectly adequate for my entertainment needs. The TV screen created a focal point in my lounge that I was no longer comfortable with. Why was I staring at a large empty screen? Couldn’t I replace the screen with things that inspire me? Right now it is residing in my wardrobe, awaiting evaluation, though I’m certain it needs to go.
- No Tumblr. Of course minimalism isn’t just about physical clutter. Reducing digital clutter can also free your mind of distractions. I had a Tumblr account associated with this blog, but I have to admit I don’t ‘get’ or enjoy the platform. Initially I updated it regularly, but I just wasn’t finding it satisfying and stopped putting effort into it. I decided that I could get rid of it as I already have Twitter and Instagram accounts anyway. Tumblr wasn’t bringing me joy, and to an extent it caused me anxiety because I kept thinking about how much I ‘should’ be using it.
The space that was once taken up by my barely used entertainment system has transformed drastically. It is now a space for inspiration and contemplation. It contains things that relax me, including some treasured objects, my favourite artwork, and some candles. This has changed the mood of the lounge, and as a result my mood when I rest there.
Are there spaces in your home that can be transformed to serve you better?