‘Buy less, choose well’ Vivienne Westwood
When I’m on holiday I love the feeling of living with only essential items and my favourite clothes and accessories. I’ve often wondered if decluttering my home would give me the same feelings of calmness and peace. Like being on holiday all year round.
When I moved into my apartment in 2011 I started letting go of the clutter. Then at the beginning in 2014 I drastically reduced my belongings to embrace a slightly more minimalist lifestyle. A notion of cutting out the clutter and distractions. Replacing them with time, space and room for thinking and creativity. I also stopped buying stuff, and by stuff, I mean knick-knacks, bits and bobs, trinkets etc. The things I don’t really need.
It was an extremely therapeutic process and I’ve now reached a point where I no longer want for things. I’m not sure if this is the new me but for now, I’m enjoying feeling content with what I have. For me minimalism isn’t about not buying things – life would be pretty dull without the odd treat – it’s more about enjoying a clutter-free life and the extra time it brings. I particularly like the quote ‘if you are going to have fewer things they have to be great things’. Now who can argue with that?