Minimalism is different for everyone. some people want 100 items, others just a clear, uncluttered space.
As I’ve written before, my minimalist journey started after I relapsed the first time in 2010. I had been drug-free for 4 years(2006). Then when my myeloma started surfacing I went on a chemo drug called Revlimid. In addition to Dexamethasone.
But, I digress, starting chemo again was scary but something shifted in me. I didn’t want clutter around me or useless stuff or really come to think about it. any stuff that seemed useless or just filling up spaces.
Thus started my whole minimalist journey. Not to get to 100 things but to really have our home feel spacious. Since our house is very small, I got rid of extra couches, chairs, piano, bookcases, tables and thousands of things to open up space.
I can still see down the road having a smaller dining table, maybe a few less bulky items. maybe even getting rid of a Heywood. Well, that might be a stretch but still, it’s openness I desire and white space to enjoy with green houseplants scattered around.
Right now I’m playing around with the Minimalists rule of 90/90. Have I used this in the last 90 days? will I use this in the next 90 days? This helps simplify the ‘hanging on to stuff for the what if ‘factor. It’s actually quite powerful when you look at a bookcase for instance. I have some cookbooks I like the covers of and the pictures are nice. But have I made a recipe out of them in the last 90 days, well no? My go-to for recipes is Kichtn on line or just doing a Google search. So I will remove those 3 books I’m looking at.
We aren’t going to be able to change our house structure or build an addition. This is what we have to work with and so I want to find that balance of useful things and space.
‘Space, the final frontier.’