Living less means more

Talking the talk: Courtesy
Minimalists Joshua Fields and Ryan Nicodemous speak on how minimalism has benefits.

Lately, everyone has been going crazy over the Netflix show “Tidying up With Marie Kondo.” This show is about a tidying up expert, Marie Kondo, who helps her clients declutter their houses and helps them choose joy from all of the belongings they’re getting rid of.
Before I heard about her, I already knew about this thing called minimalism from a podcast and documentary called “Minimal” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who are known as the Minimalists.
The Minimalists have podcasts, books, and other documentaries that help themselves and other people who are looking to better their lives by keeping fewer things, but the point of their work is to help people enjoy their lives more and gain more and new experiences. Having fewer things is what they call the term “minimalism.”
Now, I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “what is the point of minimalism?” The point of doing all of this is trying to live with less and enjoying life without all of these items.
I did a 30-day minimalist challenge to see what it could do for my life in terms of being tidy.
On Feb. 1, I started going through all the possessions I owned and made two piles. The first pile I labeled “things I wanted to keep” and the second pile, “things I wanted to get rid of.” By Feb. 5, my “keep” pile was looking like a tower, and my “give-away” collection was about two small boxes.
This didn’t seem to work the way it should have, so I listened again to the podcast “Minimal,” and Ryan Nicodemus said, “There was this gabbing void in my life, and I tried to fill that void by spending money on items and stuff. I was spending money faster than I was making it. I was attempting to buy my happiness.” Hearing those lines I was thinking about how I wasn’t living the way that I wanted to.
I was already working multiple jobs, but with the money I made from my jobs, I want to go on trips and do the very thing that I find happiness in. I’m not doing the things that I want to do; I’m too busy buying things that I don’t need to feel better.
So I changed my approach to the “keep” and “give-away” piles. I looked at my shirts and I asked myself “have I worn this in the last 30 days?” and if the answer was no, it went in the “give-away” pile. I also started looking at other things that I don’t need or use anymore like books, DVDs, Blu-rays, old games, and items that are worth money but haven’t been used in a while or at all. I started making money off these items on eBay and Amazon.
Out the gate, I began to see the changes in my life, not only in the fact that my room had less clutter, but I had money in the bank account and I still felt like I could do more. By Feb. 16, I was down to 15 shirts, seven pairs of jeans, one jacket, and one Boston Red Sox cap. I had given away the things that I couldn’t sell to Goodwill and the Salvation Army, which gave me more motivation to give to people who needed it more than me.
On Feb. 17, I made the most significant change of all when I went through my electronics and kept only my iPad, AirPods, my lighting adapters and my Mac. I went from owning six hard drives down to one, and I also took my camera collection down to one camera and one GoPro.
Living with less has genuinely changed me because I believed that having items would bring me happiness and keep me from getting bored, but in reality it was the cause of so much stress and money issues.
So if you feel like you’re up for a change and want to see how it feels, give minimalism a shot for 30 days and see what happens. Even if it means you go through your things and put them in a pile that you don’t use or wear frequently, just see if you really

About Zach Ward (12 Articles)
Zach Ward Is a Media Student at LCCC majoring in both Mass Media And Multimedia. Zach is handy with a camera in his hands and directs many shows for the local news station in town. His hobbies are Marvel Comics, movies and the Boston Red Sox. If you need the guy with the camera in his hands, email him at Parzialwyo@gmail.com or follow his stories on twitter @Parzivalwyo

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