I found out that I needed to move across the country about two weeks before my plane was to depart.
How am I supposed to pack for a move like this?!
I didn’t have to worry about moving furniture or kitchen supplies, which was helpful, but it was still hard to wrap my head around packing enough clothes and whatnot.
To make it easier on myself, I purged my closet by asking myself if the article of clothing was worthy enough to accompany me on my adventure. If it wasn’t, into the ‘donate’ pile it went. It took me a few days to be truly comfortable with the idea of only having what was in two suitcases for an extended period of time, but all of my outfits were cohesive.
Feeling accomplished, I moved to every part of my house and repeated the process. I think I had five or six boxes full of random junk to get rid of. It was liberating and minimized stress.
While away, I had fewer belongings in my possession to worry about while I was working crazy hours. I had less laundry. I had less of a desire to meander around Target and buy stuff that I didn’t need because I didn’t want to haul it 2,000 miles back home at the end of my contract.
When I moved back to Indianapolis full-time, I watched a Netflix documentary about minimalism and realized that I had been inadvertently taking part in the movement that is intentionally living with less. (And I started living this way before it was popular!)
The Minimalists explain the joys that come with living with less clutter and I couldn’t be a better example of that.
When I started living with less, I became happier. I became less consumed by chores because I didn’t have as much to clean or pick up. I stopped buying things when I got bored or upset about something.
In the last year, I’ve realized that living with only the things that one truly needs is much more fulfilling than spending time and money unnecessarily.
Because, really, why have five sets of dishes if you only really use one of them? What’s the point of having three curling irons? Why do we hang onto clothes that don’t fit? Why do we hang onto stuff that we don’t even like?
Less truly is more. It’s better to have more room and time for the important stuff like friends, family, and what we’re truly passionate about.