I finished unpacking today.
And by unpack, I mean finally do what I should have done months ago and get rid of a significant amount of clothes and other bits and pieces that have been sitting in bags and boxes since I moved. With less storage space than I had at the Gold Coast, only unpacking the essentials to compensate has been an extremely interesting exercise in teaching me how much, or how little, of the things I own I need and am content to live with.
Whilst I have been putting off going back through everything again due to my space limitations, I was finally prompted to just jump in after very successful morning rummaging through an incredible closet clearance that happens on the last Sunday of each month at the Eagle Farm Racecourse Market. It’s amazing how motivating getting a few new gorgeous high-quality pieces to add to your wardrobe is.
To make the process easier I got some fantastic new velvet non-slip hangers from Bunnings to maximise space. And for some clean out inspiration, I had “Minimalism” on in the background. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a fantastic documentary about being more intentional about what you keep in your life and what you place value in by the men behind The Minimalists blog. Whilst I would not describe myself as a minimalist in the extreme sense, I truly love the core message of minimalism. We do not need things to be happy, nor will we ever find fulfilment in things. And yet, in a society which perpetuates the idea that we are what we have, it is so easy to get caught up in the notion that the things around us give us value.
There is something so incredibly cleansing about letting go of things that serve no purpose. Things I don’t need. Things that don’t make me happy. It always comes with a sense of lightness. Like a new beginning that allows me to focus on what I need at that point in my life so that I can move forward. With so much change over the past few months, I’m at the stage now where I am really thinking about what this new phase is going to entail. But after shedding so many layers today, I feel a familiar lightness that only comes with letting go of the old to move on to the new. And that lightness comes with a little bit more clarity.
How do you find letting go of things? Have you heard about the minimalism movement? What do you think about it? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.