My journey to living minimally started when I decided to have a clear-out every spring. It was an annual occurrence for me to decide what I needed to keep and what I didn’t use anymore. This was something I have done for as long as I can remember but from 2010 onwards before university was when I started to clear out belongings majorly!
The first major step I took was digitising my music and film collection. This was before Apple Music was available so all of my music was either purchased on iTunes, Amazon Music or were rips of CDs. I started purchasing movies on iTunes as well and had Apple TV to watch these. I continued this process by only purchasing movies on iTunes and then I sold my entire collection which is pictured above.
Photos and videos I have captured over the years also were on the list to go. I stored all of the photos I could on hard drives and recycled all of the prints that I had ordered over the years. I found that they were not being looked at at all. I do have a small collection of images that are printed and on display in my room but I no longer get masses of photos printed unnecessarily.
The digital switch. I have been an avid iPhone user since 2010 when I got my first device. I’ve been using iOS devices and my MacBook Pro to store as much digitally as possible over the past eight years. From photos and videos to statements and bills. I have created a system of storing my e-bills and statements which I receive 100% online now. This is by using my iCloud Drive subscription of 2TB across all of my devices. There are a lot of files still to filter through but the main thing is that all of my digital assets are stored in iCloud opposed to hard drives at my property that could corrupt or be lost/damaged. If you are interested in finding out more about my filing system and how I organise things digitally please let me know.
Moving forward I am careful of what I purchase and if I really need the product or not. I have a small living space now that I have moved out of my apartment above. Admittedly it is a converted garage room which is large enough for a bedroom and living room but in comparison to living in my own property it is a much smaller area. I am continuing to recycle, donate and sell items I no longer need and I have to say it is a lot easier now than it used to be for me. I’ve also donated a lot of clothes from my collection and I only have a small clothes rail in place of my wardrobe.
Being free of belongings is something I am really enjoying. Not only has it lessened the amount of ‘stuff’ that I own but it has made me feel much better mentally as well. In recent years I have realised that I felt burdened with the amount of things I owned. By clearing out over the years I feel a lot better knowing I can progress my journey to living in a tiny home more easily. I definitely recommend trying this as I am surprised at how much better it has made me feel.
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