5 Lessons I Learned When I Parted With Everything Unnecessary

5 Lessons I Learned When I Took Away From Unnecessary Things

I’ve always considered myself a minimalist person who appreciated, or at least tried to appreciate, material things that they had. But my full wardrobe and the many books on my shelves and other pieces of furniture testify to the opposite. I owned a lot of decorative items that were designed for a different purpose. So that’s how I began to part with everything unnecessary. I learned five lessons that changed my life completely.

1. Now I also use what I have

One of the first lessons I learned was that more items didn’t automatically mean more options. It actually took me a long time to realize that despite all the clothes in my closet, I ended up wearing the same clothes. Some items of clothing I only wanted to take out of the closet for certain occasions, others were too new to wear in everyday life. In the end, I tucked them in the back of the closet, which contained only three or four items of clothing that were really needed.

Books you will never read, objects that just take up space – when you part with the unnecessary, your life will turn 180 degrees.

So it came about that I cleaned up. I parted with everything I didn’t use and finally put on those clothes that I loved a lot: I no longer imagined what it would be like to wear them, no, I wore them. I even discovered clothes that I no longer knew I owned and liked.

2. I now think twice about buying something

Undoubtedly, the previous step was necessary in order to learn this further lesson. When I became aware of the many clothes I had, I no longer felt the need to keep buying new clothes.

The same thing happened to me with books and other items. I know the industry is trying to sell us something and making us believe we need it, which in truth is not. A powerful computer, a chocolate with an innovative taste, the most effective foot cream. Basically too many things that we don’t use after all.

With regard to food, what is the likelihood that we will use it up before the expiration date? I always ask myself this question, especially when I stand in front of the dairy products in the supermarket. Buying groceries and throwing them away is pointless, as is buying items just to grace the shelf. This is a very valuable lesson!

3. Less things, less time

The best part about having less is that it takes us a lot less time to clean up. It took me a long time to clean the entire bathroom because there was laundry, hair and body products, magazines and too many towels lying around. It was a real mess. The living room was full of books I would never read. I actually spent more time moving items from one place to another rather than cleaning.

“The simplicity is the greatest satisfaction.”

Leonardo Da Vinci

For this reason, I can now use my time better, now that I only have what is really important, what I will actually use. Our time is very valuable and the less time we lose by devoting it to unnecessary tasks, the better it is.

4. I focus on the present

One of the last lessons I learned was that all of this clutter that surrounded me was very closely related to my past. There were items that I didn’t want to part with because they reminded me of a special moment or were a gift. But they would no longer be of any use to me, either because I no longer liked them or because they were worn out and unusable.

Others, as I mentioned at the beginning, accumulated out of fear of needing them again in the future. I also realized that in the unlikely event that I would buy something new without saving it all forever. So I no longer collected items with the justification that I might use them again at some point.

I began to focus on the present, to appreciate what I had, to part with what was useless, and to let go of these thoughts of the past.

5. Material doesn’t define who I am

This is the last lesson I learned that was really useful to me. Often times we believe that we are what we own, perhaps because we value our possessions with great value. But basically it’s just things, so I asked myself: “What would happen if someone stole my car, for example?” I would feel bad, but it could be replaced.

I remember a report from a village in Spain that said a man had died trying to save his car from flooding. The end of the story was that he drowned trying. Is it really worth risking your life for something material?

“Muck out, tidy up and organize: Nothing robs you of more energy than a messy room full of things from the past that you no longer need.”

Dalai Lama

Separating myself from everything unnecessary in my life opened my eyes to new perspectives. The lessons learned taught me that I can love what I own, appreciate it, but never become a slave to these objects, let alone allow them to define my life. Because material things do not make us happy and we can be satisfied with a little. For example, how much money have I lost to things that will never really be of use to me? How much new did not come into my life because there was no room for it?

Today I choose to be my priority:
Today I choose to be happy

Today I decide
to take care of myself a little more, this … >>> More

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