I am not a naturally born minimalist. Not at all. However, I moved houses roughly 19x since I was born. I lived in 8 cities and 2 countries. You can probably imagine that having too much stuff makes it pretty hard to move that often.
But I did – I decluttered a lot before every move but I still bought new stuff. Since I moved abroad, to the UK, I had to get rid of a lot of stuff. Most of the houses in London are furnished. Therefore we do not really earn a lot furniture.
That’s already a pretty decent declutter when you can move without heavy furniture.
Marie Kondo – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying
But it still didn’t feel like “enough”. Enough in the sense having enough declutter, having less.
While I was in London I started reading the Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever”. It’s an inspiring, simply readable book on how to declutter your life. To only keep the pieces you love, need or that spark joy.
It’s an amazing read but I still didn’t not fully click. I wasn’t ready to get rid of everything – especially not some paperwork and makeup.
Entrepreneurship and Minimalism
Since I was thinking about starting my own company there were a lot of thoughts in my head. Before I actually started my company a couple of weeks ago my husband and me moved houses in spring. We again, got rid of a lot of stuff. I believe we created a gorgeous, loving home.
But it’s since I work full-time on my startup that I feel my mind is packed with so much stuff that I simply want to get rid of so much more clutter. I want to be surrounded by less. I do not want to spend time tidying up stuff.
Therefore I am thinking about giving minimalism a chance. The good thing about minimalism is there is not a too hard definition or any right or wrong.
Is there any one else thinking about giving minimalism a chance? With being aware that a startup is super time consuming I would not like to make too many “hard changes” just now. But get rid of stuff that I hope will be beneficial regarding a declutter of my mind by tidying and decluttering further my surroundings.
There is a 30 day minimalism challenge available online- anyone interested?