Once we moved out of our house, we moved in with my husband’s parents while we built our shop. Living with necessities only was an interesting experience, and lasted for about two months. In this time, we discovered what a need is compared to a want.
Living with necessities
The room we lived in temporarily…
We moved into a room that was dedicated to my father in law’s deceased mother. It was full of trinkets and pictures dating back to who knows when. It was a neat room, but already pretty full of things.
There was not any closet space, but luckily my husband’s mom had a 4 foot clothes hanging rack we were able to share. We also had a couple of drawers for underwear, PJs, socks, etc.
My husband only has a couple pairs of shoes, so he stored them under the clothes rack. I, on the other hand, kept my shoes in a box. I had downsized my shoes quite a bit before we moved, but I still had a good amount.
Anything else we needed in the bedroom was stored in a box.
We were also fortunate to have our own bathroom. We only brought necessities with us, and were able to store them easily.
Thankful, but nervous…
I knew very quickly this experience would be challenging. I just did not know how challenging it would be. Within the first week my senses were in a state of shock. I had moved out of my comfort zone that was simple and systematic.
Now I had been pushed to the other end of the spectrum. My anxiety was back, and the freedom I had felt was no longer there.
I knew there had to be a way to cope and get back to feeling what I had felt before the move, but I wasn’t sure how.
I began to research about anxiety, minimalism, stress, etc. The biggest factor affecting anxiety and stress is one’s environment. I started to read a book called Stress Less, but it only made me stress more!
I decided to give these thoughts a break and change tactics by watching videos on YouTube that talk about how to change your lifestyle, simplify, and become happier doing so.
This all went back to the principles Ruth Soukup talked about in her book.
I did not instantly feel better, but I could tell it was helping. Seeing if I could declutter a few of my things felt like the best option at the time.
I found a few tops and jeans I could live without; however, it was not enough.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
I decided it was time to find another book that went a step further into simplifying. This is when I found The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.
This book was not what I expected it to be. It had a few interesting points and a few points that left me confused [mostly due to different cultural styles]. I decided to give it a try to everything in my bedroom and bathroom.
In the bedroom, I pulled everything out of the drawers, found what sparked joy, what did not spark joy, and organized it all. I got rid of more things than I thought I would have.
I realized I did not have to have 100 pairs of everything [possibly a slight exaggeration]. Just in the bedroom alone, a quarter of my personal possessions were decluttering, which amazed me as much as the first time I decluttered my home.
The bathroom was more of a challenge. Most of what I brought was a necessity. I was able to downsize my makeup collection a bit.
I had two square magnetic pallets. One held my highlighters, bronzers, and cheek colors. The other held eye colors.
It all brought me joy, but I was striving for a simpler lifestyle. So I decided to make it all fit into one pallet!
Surprisingly, it was not as hard as I imagined it would be! In the end, it felt like HUGE progress. It cut down on time getting ready, because I did not have to dig for what I needed or over think what I was going to wear.
If you would like me to go more into detail about this method of downsizing, let me know in the comments.
I can definitely say living with only what I need and love makes life more enjoyable. I did not realize how clouded a mind could be based on possessions.
Less is definitely more. My anxiety and stress had minimized to a great degree; however, it was not a won battle just yet.