Have you ever wondered why a good closet purge is so utterly invigorating? It clears my mind and heart like nothing else, and the resulting clarity seems to permeate every aspect of my existence.
The real benefits come when the removal of what we don’t love becomes a regular practice! I’m not talking about a one time closet sweep, rather I’m referring to the kind of clean that becomes a way of life. It is a mindset that changes everything for the better.
For those of you who know how my mind works, it won’t be a surprise that the catalyst for my minimalist mindset was my wardrobe. I’ve always been a clothes-centric individual and I’m ok with this (especially now that I’ve worked my way through the trenches and my wardrobe is more joy and much less frustration). Although my style focus initiated the revolution, I have since discovered the life long benefits of adopting a more minimalist mindset. It is truly a game changer! Let’s talk a bit about the process, the transformation, and the life upgrade.
This isn’t just about tossing clutter and tidying up. It is more about being ruthless when deciding what to keep. One of the key practices that kicked my butt into gear was eliminating every piece that I put on and didn’t love. More specifically, if I put something on and didn’t feel 100% in it, I would put it into the donation pile. Sometimes the clarity came before I actually went out in the piece. Other times I’d wear it out and about and I would be fidgeting or I just wouldn’t feel my best in it and then I’d take it off for the last time and toss it in the to-go pile. Either way, this changed my wardrobe and my life. Sounds harsh, right? Actually it isn’t. Think about it… not only are we retaining only what we love and what works best for our life & style, but we are also giving others the chance to enjoy something. These items that have caused us stress and discomfort will undoubtedly work very well for someone else. I always say a little prayer before tossing a bag of clothing into a donation bin. It goes something like this: “Jesus please deliver these pieces to the person who needs them and will truly love them, Amen”. Another upside to this practice is it makes us much more selective about what we purchase going forward. We tune into what we love and our authentic style surfaces on a level that makes dressing and shopping for the right pieces almost intuitive.
For me, a mental clarity arose that was no longer isolated to my closet. If I remember correctly, the next stop was the kitchen. I streamlined my kitchen…started meal planning, noticed a drop in my grocery costs and my anxiety. I began to crave simplicity more and more, and in every aspect of my life.
My beauty regimen got a complete overhaul and I became aware of something I’d turned a blind eye to (that I now can’t believe I hadn’t thought about). My increased mindfulness brought to light the issue of animal cruelty in the beauty and personal care industries. I am now 100% committed to cruelty free beauty and this brings such peace to my heart. I have discovered so many amazing natural, cruelty free products that I can’t wait to share with you soon!
This transformation did not occur overnight. It took a lot of thought, journaling, effort, commitment, focus…time. The good news is, these changes are life long and so so worth every bit of time and effort! I’m still evolving in my journey, but I’m so keenly aware of my personal growth as a result of this shift in my mindset.
SUMMING IT UP
Be ruthless about what keep around, and what you allow into your life.
Take your time because this is a process. The authenticity of it must unfold gradually. To rush would be to compromise the integrity of your journey.
Journal. Document. Rest. Repeat.
Be prepared for beautiful things to come to light in your life.