It started last year, and it has been a journey… working on a minimalist philosophy and applying it to my everyday. To that end, I’ve cut back on buying things that don’t add value. I say “cut back” because I am probably guilty of a few frivolous purchases. The best examples I can offer, though, of what impact I’ve really made: shoes, books & kitchen gadgets.
My former self used to buy 1-2 pairs of shoes a month. I love shoes. But since I cleaned out last summer, and donated over 60 pairs ( still leaving me with about 40 pairs), I’ve not added more than 2 pairs of shoes in total–in a year. For me, that was huge.
I’m a book junkie and I still have a larger collection than I thought as I moved books from one bookcase to another in my weekend consolidating. It seems (and I’m sure this is no shock to any regular reader) I have my mothers propensity to buy, read, and keep cookbooks. It’s just over half my collection. In the last year, though, I’ve only purchased electronic books (including cookbooks). The only exception that I am making to that is a pre-order of a new cookbook due out at the beginning of December–it will be my birthday gift to myself.
Kitchen gadgets fascinate and call to me. But my kitchen is extremely small; and aside from a popcorn popper, I have refrained from adding anything new. Replacing, yes… but no adding. And in acquiring this most necessary appliance (I use it 4-5 times a week and needed to cut out the oil from stove popping), I cleaned out 3 others that were collecting dust. The juicer, the ice cream maker and the Foreman grill were all very good ideas, and I did use them–but not enough to justify keeping them. The Foreman grill is actually a left over of my omnivore days… and since I find myself preferring the cast iron grill pan far more often.
This weekend, I made even more big steps in my journey–choosing to no longer hold on to the sentimentality of vinyl records, clothes that I will never wear again, and opting for functional simplicity. I made one large trip to the donation center, and have another one planned for this week (in addition to them coming and taking the entertainment center and a bookshelf). And it is a journey… a fantastically freeing journey.