Letting Go

Minimalism, letting goPost #2 in the Journey to Minimalism Series

I recently wrote about change and my goal to get my life to better reflect my values. One of the goals of this blog is to give my kids a picture of who I am. So documenting my journey into minimalism seems like a good way to provide them with a snapshot of one aspect of  my life.

In many ways I’m already a minimalist. At least when it comes to how I consume and manage money. This is natural for me and aligns with one of my other goals/values…Financial Independence.

I have never really bought superfluous stuff, so my journey to minimalism has already begun. However, I have accumulated plenty of junk over the course of my life. Since I’ve had a hard time getting rid of this stuff, I’ve instead stored and moved it with me from one dwelling to the next.

Letting Go

This journey will be more of an account of learning to let go, rather than changing a problematic behavior or habit such as over spending and over consuming.

Since being introduced to the philosophy of minimalism, I’ve begun the change process. If you remember, for me change involves methodical immersion.  I’ve watched YouTube videos from a variety of minimalists to get a feel for how they incorporate minimalism into their own lives. I’ve listened to podcasts and read essays to better understand the core tenants of the philosophy.

After all of this I’ve reached a few conclusions of my own. First, my external life will not change very much. I plan on reducing my own personal belongings. However, I share a house with a wife and kids and I don’t expect them to follow suit. Given that my personal belongings (and not shared possessions) represent a very small percentage of the stuff in our house, I’m guessing that from the outside my life will change very little.

Second, the biggest benefits I think I’ll get from minimalism is a greater ease in letting go and a clearer vision of living out my values. I try to get my actions to line up with my values, but I’ve never put thought into filtering my stuff through those values. I like the idea of filling my life only with things that enhance it rather than bringing with me the stuff that served a purpose at one point in time.

Final Thought

I’ll continue to write about this process; what it looks and feels like when I start purging my belongings; about how my thoughts continue to change as I immerse myself more into this new way of thinking about the world, and how it impacts my relationships, my money, and my role as a father.

I’d love to hear from you! Is letting go of your possessions a struggle or can you let go with ease? What have you already let go of or what do you know you need to let go of?

4 Comments

    1. When I think of a minimalist lifestyle, I think of a house with less clutter than my house has. But with two kids and tons of Legos I don’t think anyone stopping by my house would think “minimalist”. Which I guess isn’t really the goal, but I would love to find a way to live with less clutter. Now that both kids are in school I am blown away by how much stuff they bring home on a daily basis, mostly it’s paperwork from school (most of which can be tossed), but whenever there is a birthday they bring home little trinkets which end up accumulating over the course of the year. While to me these things are dollar store junk, to my kids they are little treasures. Still trying to figure out how to incorporate minimalism into parenting without forcing it on my kids. Great question, I appreciate you reading!

      1. I’m having the same issues as you. My wife will attest that I detest the clutter that builds up and actively look at things to give away, or to try to get the kids to give away. We’ve actually gotten rid of quite a bit of stuff. Our biggest issues are our 3-year old dumps out everything, and some things we’re keeping for the two youngest to use as they age. We put quite a bit into storage, yet there is still too much. Kids make it extremely hard

        1. I feel your pain. It’s nice that our youngest is outgrowing some of the stuff we’ve been keeping around for him, but there is just so much stuff associated with kids. I honestly don’t know where it all comes from. We don’t buy them things, yet we somehow keep accumulating more and more stuff.

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