As far as I can remember, I’ve always strived
to better myself.
In my early twenties, I would wish that I
could finally quit my retail job and go freelance.
That I would have the freedom to decide who
I want to work with, and have more free time
invest in my business, and in my self.
After years of work, I finally had that, yet
I still felt anxious and unsatisfied.
Whilst looking for a solution, I came across
minimalism, and more specifically, decluttering.
I looked to my right, and thought about how
those three drawers over there were filled
to the brim with miscellaneous things, that
I would use ‘one day’.
I then looked in my wardrobe, and I found
t-shirts from 8 years ago, which I had no
intention of ever wearing again.
I grabbed a bin bag, and I started clearing
The first to go were old damaged items which
I always though I’d have a use for.
The old USB 2.0 cables, the random buttons,
and broken keyboards which I had stashed away,
just in case.
Then came the clothes.
Luckily I was always quite minimalist when
it came to clothing.
I never really bought many clothes, and so
I only needed a small bag to bin all of my
old clothes, which were unwearable, and a
small separate bag for donations.
Next up were the books.
I love books, but I realised that when I would
have to inevitably move, I’d have hundreds
to carry with me.
I ended up donating all but about 20 or so,
which bring me joy, and which I still have.
From now on I’m buying ebooks, or audio
Less clutter, fewer things to worry about.
Finally, came the more valuable things.
I had microphones and filmmaking equipment
which I bought thinking that I might have
use for, but only ended up using once or twice.
I still work with video, in fact, I do it
for a living, but these items were giving
me nothing but anxiety.
I would keep them in my room, thinking that
I needed them, but they would never get used,
and I’d be anxious that someone might break
into my apartment and steal them.
As a result, I put them up on eBay, and in
a few days, the items were shipped, and they
were converted into money in my bank account,
which not only meant that I had more money
to spend on things that actually mattered,
but I felt less anxiety as I had fewer things
of value just lying around.
Even though the process of decluttering began
months ago, I’ve yet to regret selling,
donating, or throwing anything away.
I haven’t had a need, or a use for anything
which I’ve gotten rid of.
This process will continue for the rest of
The goal is not to live in an empty room,
surrounded by stark walls, but to achieve
a sense of peacefulness, no longer being suffocated
by useless items and empty cardboard boxes
The most recent step in decluttering, and
generally simplifying my life has been getting
rid of my custom built PC workstation.
I built it with my own hands, and I invested
quite a bit of money into it, but it was way
too overpowered, and took up far too much
Not only that, but I edit video almost every
day, and so having a large workstation made
it impossible to travel anywhere, as I would
have been unable to work.
Instead of it, I did some research, and bought
an older MacBook Pro.
It’s way smaller, compact, and it has as
much power as I need for my editing.
Next time I move, I won’t have to worry
whether the room that I’ll live in will
have enough space for a massive computer.
All I’ll need is a small desk, and a window.
I like that, and I want to apply it to other
areas of my life.
I don’t want to be dependent on stuff to
make me happy.
Instead, I want to have just enough stuff
that brings value to my life, without all
the extra clutter that brings nothing but
anxiety and unhappiness.
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