Minimalism Let Me Read 50 Books In 2015

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I’ve was extremely busy in 2015. I was working full-time while trying to start a business, I was traveling a lot, I was (and still am) planning a wedding and I was trying to get my life in order by giving myself a challenge to minimize my belongings more than I already did. It seems as if my time had been tied, and I didn’t have enough of it, but I still managed to give into my favorite hobby — reading.

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One Year Of Being a Minimalist

Around this time last year, I discovered minimalism. I had just gotten rid of almost 30% of my belongings because of a move and I wanted to get rid of more and declutter more. I was somewhat tired of lugging around everything every time I moved (I have had 16 addresses and I’m only 20) and I was somewhat embarrassed because my fiance was now living with me. I didn’t want him to know I was a hoarder.

In the mix of the confusion of two moves (my fiance and I later moved into our own apartment) and throwing my whole life in material possessions away, I have lost a few precious, irreplaceable items. But, other than that, I have not looked back. Today, I am still minimizing my life and I am currently in a challenge to get rid of yet more stuff because I feel like I still have too much. I use to be roommates with clutter and messes, but now I can’t stand it.

I love the freedom being a minimalist has given me so far. I don’t have to waste time on stuff. This past year has given me a lot of outdoor time that I have grown to love. I feel happier and less stressed out.

Although I am still a newbie in this lifestyle, I have no doubt that this is the life for me.

A Minimalist Challenge

I want to give myself a minimalist challenge for the new year. Although I have downsized extraordinarily, I still don’t feel like I am at a good minimalistic place. I still feel cluttered. So, let’s solve this. My challenge is to declutter/ minimalize/go through something like a drawer, box, bag every month and blog/make a video about it.

Every month? Why not every week or every day? Well, I live in a tiny apartment and as I said, I have already downsized EXTRAORDINARILY. I feel 12 spots that get uncluttered will be just enough. Besides, I don’t want to overwhelm myself and 52 and 365 are BIG numbers. I don’t think I have that many drawers and bags.

Look forward to updates on the first Saturday of every month!

Do you think this is a good challenge? What do you think?

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This was the start of my 2015 minimalist challenge series. I have changed the rules to be every two weeks. Here is a list of posts that I have made:

1. The Bookshelf
2. File Cabinet
3. Dishes
4. Fiance’s Clothes
5. My Clothes
6. Linen
7. Portfolio Bag
8. Shoes
9. Chest
10. 50 Challenge
11. Going Back Through
12. Bathroom Cabinet
13. Going Back Through, pt. 2
14. Big Box of Goodies
15. Desk
16. A Box
17. File Cabinet pt. 2
18. My Clothes pt. 2
19. Pictures
20. Bookmarks
21. Final