Minimalism: My need to cull.


Brendan Austin Web
I was searching for an image which represented minimalism to me and found this one, image credit: Brendan Austin Web

Recently I have come across a group that advocate living minimally, and this really appealed to me. Since the passing of my Mum my attitude to material possessions has significantly changed.

I used to be one of these people to buy all sorts of things on a weekly basis, mostly things I didn’t need. From make-up to shoes, clothes, jewellery, art supplies; I would buy all sorts of unnecessary things purely for the joy in buying them. I would use them for the time being and then go want to buy some thing new again, it really was addictive, this pursuit of newness, the pursuit of shopping for satisfaction.

When my Mum died, she died quick and did not have a chance to sort through her possessions. I was the one left with the daunting task of sorting through her cherished things. I realised at this point in time that we are surrounded by too much stuff in our lives, and even though some of it can bring us joy, if we are using it, the remaining amount of things are superfluous and tend to junk up our lives. And our stuff can hold us back. I don’t want to be held back from anything in life, let alone my couch, or ornaments or excess amount of kitchen paraphernalia.

“Material possessions are only valued by the person who values it.” Me, just now.

On my recent trip to Adelaide, I stayed with my Step Mum. Now she is not your usual Granny, she is kind of like a teenager in her organisational style. A cluttered, jam packed, cram that shit in a draw kind of teenager. It was hilarious and frustrating all at the same time. I need to add here that she is also very neat on the surface. All I could feel was clutter and an over abundance of stuff, 80% not being put to use. But everyone chooses how they want to live, and I respect that. But I guess for me I feel inspired to live in a more minimal, streamline, purely functional way.

For awhile now I have been ‘in cull mode’. All I want to do is throw more stuff out. I just want to get rid of it all! Sell! Give away! Chuck! It is quite a liberating feeling really. And I have become more and more ruthless in my ability and pursuit to live more and live less encumbered by material possessions.

I realise there have been stages of this desire to ‘minimalise’ my life. When I moved house, that was a wonderful way and time to shed a huge amount of excess in my life. Most of the stuff was my Mums and some of the stuff was mine. But these are things I no longer have a connection with, items, or objects which simply do not sing to me anymore. I gave bags and bags away to charity, and sold only a few items very cheaply in order to get rid of them faster. They had served their purpose, their time had been gladly spent in the surrounds of our loving home. But it was time to say goodbye to them. Wish them well, and thank them for their help in making our lives better.

Reading “The Magical power of tidying up”also helped me gain a new perspective on stuff and clutter and organisation. Through this book I discovered the importance of shifting and moving and clearing my things to create new energy and free up space for new things/people/energy. This is what I crave, this newness of energy and freedom, and less complication from all the emotional ties and constraints of stuff, old and new and in between.

Far from minimal but I love the colours and splurge of creativity.

Around Christmas time I felt like a bit of a grinch because I didn’t want to buy into the bullshit of present giving. Sure it is nice to receive and give a gift, but I believe you can do this at any point in time, not just for the sake of it when a weird placky (plastic in Aussie lingo) tree goes up in the corner and we line the streets with lights. God what a grinch right!? So negative!! My point is, gifts are great, but they don’t just need to come at Christmas. And sometimes gifts are just so unnecessary.

We all have too much stuff, we all do not need for anything really. Not in a material possession kind of way. The things we crave are more experience or feeling type things. Like good health, a great holiday, a hot date, a hot body, we are all different in this way and of course want for different experiences. Some of my friends who are Mums, may just want for some peace and quiet. But as for the stuff around us, it is just stuff!!

This soft image caught my attention. I hope you like it too?

I can’t wait to get stuck into my cupboards and shelves and wardrobes and desks, and keep shedding, keep discarding, keep chucking out, keep culling. I want to create new space, new energy and a fresh perspective for the new year to come. Make bags of stuff I don’t want and give that stuff away! Send it on its merry way and wish it well, wish it good tidings, that’s my post Christmas wish, get rid of all that superfluous stuff!!

How do you feel about the stuff in your house? Do you love your stuff? When was the last time you went through your things and had a good throw out?

Anita xx

Stuff is just stuff for the sake of being stuff. Stuff that!

Stuff, ain’t it rough, living it tough, being stuff.

Stuffed under a bed, in a draw, on the floor, what bore.

I am going to pack you up, wrap you up, stack you up.

I am going to give you away, bid you good day, and thank you for being in my life no more.

Stuff, get rid of it!

The end. Lol. I am poet and I didn’t even know it.

8 thoughts on “Minimalism: My need to cull.

  1. Well you know I agree. Also though the Konmari way of looking at it, is that the actual joy when we buy something is the purpose of the item itself. She’s taught me that, so throwing away has become easier since I read that book. I look at it and even if I haven’t used it, I remember what the purpose or feeling was at the time of purchase and that’s enough. I also concur with the Xmas over indulgence and that is why I banned Xmas. Lol lol

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  2. Interesting post. I could never be a true minimalist because I like my home to contain objects and things that represent experiences and memories. However, when we emigrated, we had to get rid of the majority of our possessions and it was pretty liberating. I had always de cluttered every 4-6 months but clearly never as ruthlessly. Now I’m determined not to accumulate or save so much stuff.

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  3. Thanks Laura. Yes it is liberating to be released from our things but it doesnt take long for us to accumulate these things again! Take care and glad you found my post interesting 🙂

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  4. On so many levels I agree, but then I look at my own house (oh, hey, no, it’s a 1 room studio-flat) and wonder if all those ca 300 books (my doomsday stack, for the day the world ends and I’ll have time to read) are considered clutter. I get rid of a few every now and then, when I feel, that I won’t read this or that again, but I don’t feel I would be able to live in a place without books. Or I could, but would be unhappy to do so.

    And I’ve got my collection of useless trinkets, that I’ve acquired during travels. Like that teeny-tiny black chicken-sculpture from Stockholm, or the stones from that beach on Iceland, or the kokeshi dolls I got as a present from my best friend, that tiny yellow sail-boat from the colorful town of Burano near Venice. They are useless, but they represent a memory, were chosen with care (and as tiny as possible), each has it’s own story.

    One of Estonian writers once wrote about how the stuff in our homes has become anonymous plastic made in China. He brought an example how, when he was growing up then his grand-dad used to have an attic full of stuff from times gone by, from the era of the Russian empire, from the 1st republic, from different occupations, from Soviet era. And at times the writer, as a kid, would go up to the attic, emerge with something, anything, and the granddad had always a story to tell about the item or related to the item. Stories from times gone by. And it’s only the new era of the restored republic that is somehow missing it’s own face and it’s own stories.

    I had a long thought about that and in regards of my useless trinkets from travels, and found, although, I’m not planning to have any children, I’d want to be that granny who has stories to tell, about and through those useless but special trinkets.

    But, like I said, I do agree with minimalism. And that chucking stuff, emptying your drawers, cupboards, underneath the bed of clutter, does create new and fresh energy (it’s probably totally feng shui). I try to do that too, every now and then, to minimalise the impact of anyone having to clear tons of clutter after me, just not with my books or my travel-memory-trinkets 🙂

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  5. Wow such a massive comment! Thanks so much! Yes it is always hard to give away so many of our things. I was just looking at my bookshelf today wondering if I could part with all my books. To be honest I never re-read my books. I love them, and enjoyed them thats why I kept them, but really they are just there to look at now. I am not perfect and still have corners of the house with clutter, and I go through phases were I am possessed to cull! These times are fleeting, so best to get stuck into it when you can. Moving house is the best way to de-clutter. Something my Dad said to me once ” if you haven’t looked at it in a year then you don’t need”. Quite ruthless but true!! The beauty of life is we have the choice to keep everything or nothing! 🙂 xx


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