How To Become A Minimalist In Your 20's

What is minimalism?

According to The Minimalist, "minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelming. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we have built our lives around. Real freedom."

What minimalism can do for you?

  • Help you reclaim your time

  • Consume less

  • Focus on your health

  • Live in the moment

  • Pursue your passions and goals

  • Discover your purpose in life

When I moved back home from college, I realized I owned more stuff than I could hold in all of my furniture plus walk-in closet. I also realized I was not happy. Not happy with the constant clutter in my drawers, with the overfilling drawers of makeup that I only wore twice a month, shoes that only saw the daylight ever six months, and so forth.

I wanted to reclaim my time, energy, and thoughts.

My Journey:

The first thing I decided to let go of was all my furniture in my room. The dressing table, side table, headboard, and office desk. I pulled everything out of the drawers and, had my brother help me remove all of the furniture except the bed out of my room. I then took everything from my closet and pulled it out into my room and started organizing everything into piles:

  • Shirts

  • Dresses

  • Bottoms

  • shorts

  • Jeans

  • skirts

  • Indian outfits

  • Party/Chruch outfits

  • Indian accessories

  • Earnings

  • Bangles

  • Undergarments

  • Socks

  • School stuff

  • Stationery items

  • Shoes

  • Books

  • Makeup

  • Skincare

  • Purses

Disclaimer: I only spent two days and a half with my clothes because I had my brother help me and because I already knew in the back of my head what items I no longer wanted but kept out of respect because they were gifts or really expensive.

When everything was into piles, I went through each pile and started arranging them by donating, keep, and maybe keep. I had a suitcase set aside where I put all my donations clothes in.

Items like jeans or T-shirts that had holes or stain, and dresses that no longer fit and shorts that were too short for my personal taste now were all donated. My Indian clothing was already separated into two piles so, it was easy to see what I wore every day to church and what has only been worn once. I ended up selling my fancy Indian clothes online on eBay.

Items such as makeup, school supplies, accessories, both American and Indian were sorted last. These were sections that I felt would have the most clutter in the sense of them being tiny items.

For example, one of the areas that I had to really declutter was my makeup collection. I had realized I was hoarding makeup like no other and only used a handful of products once in a while. I am not a big fan of makeup and only wear occasionally so, there was absolutely no need for three drawersful of makeup products. I went through and only kept my favorites.

I went through my entire makeup collection and decided to only keep:

  • 1 foundation

  • 2 mascaras

  • 5 different shades of lipsticks

  • 1 highlighter

  • 1 contour pallet

  • 2 eyeshadow pallets- 1 neutral & 1 colorful

  • 1 primer

  • 1 setting spray

  • 1 setting powder

  • 1 beauty blender

  • 4 eyeshadow brushes

  • 2 face brushes​

There were some sentimental items that I spent hours pondering about such as my... books.

I found my books being the hardest things to part with. I was able to let go of the majority of my clothes and shoes without hesitation but, my books made me sit there and contemplate my true feelings about why I couldn’t part with them so easily. It was not an easy realization and something I hadn’t really thought too deeply about until I started this journey. I was always known as the girl with her head between the books and, I felt like my identity was being taken away if got rid of my books. My self-worth and security blanket was being pulled from me, and it got me really uncomfortable and emotional. Long story short, it took me almost a month before I got down to the books that truly brought me joy.

I had compromised and told myself that any book that I hadn’t read more than three times had to go and/or any book that was bought a year ago and hadn't been read will be regifted.

I decided to regift the books to my best friend who enjoys reading as much as I do. It was a win-win situation for both of us, I got rid of books that I no longer enjoyed and, she got new books to read for free.

If you have ever thought about becoming a minimalist, I would say go for it. I had extended family members tell me I am not a minimalist because I still own a lot of stuff but everyone’s version of being minimalist is different. To me it was fitting what was once all in my bedroom furniture into a walk-in closet including all my books, shoes, cameras, etc. to others it may be only having 100 items total. I wanted less clutter and more time to focus on things that mattered to me. I now put my energy in writing and reading more, talking to my loved ones, and becoming the best version of myself.

Also, I got my inspiration to finally start to declutter from The Minimalist so, if you are the least bit interested in this lifestyle I highly recommend checking them out for more tips and

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