Why I’m not a grade A minimalist

So I’ve been reading a lot about minimalism, and naturally (for me anyway) I started thinking about myself.

I asked myself am I fully and whole heartedly invested in decluttering everything I don’t use , and the frank answer I gave to myself was- definitely not.

Don’t get me wrong- I did a big konmary style grand decluttering in my house , and many items were donated -recycled-given to beloved family.

*my close family and I- including my mother-sister -daughter , have a clothes swapping policy, meaning that whenever one of us gets tired of a clothing item and it is in good condition- the other family members have the first right of refusal on the item. if the poor item is  unwanted by all family members -then it shall go to the clothes donating bin .

As for children’s clothes and toys- I have neighbors with two young kids who enjoy my kid’s toys and clothes.

But I am certainly not a grade A minimalist. I have quite a few clothing items that survived the grand decluttering and I simply can’t let go of- although some I only wear just a few times a year.

this skirt is one of them.

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yesterday I decided it is perfectly ok to wear this heavy fabric skirt in the middle of summer, provided I pair it with this very light top  (I got from my mother in the above mentioned procedure) and light and open shoes I bought a few years ago.

I spend my day at the office sitting at my desk , (sedentary is an understatement), but at least there is air condition .so I decided this  (untill now classified as) winter skirt can have a glimpse at how things look outside in summer time.

This exciting idea came to me as “necessity is the mother of invention”, and  because after nearly 2 years of pursuing a  clothes and shoes spending ban- my wardrobe kind of bored me.

If I were to use the minimalist ” 90 day rule “-here is the link- minimalist 90 day rule,then I probably would have donated this skirt a long time ago- and wouldn’t have enjoyed the multiple compliments I got when wearing the outfit above.

The thing is- this example is one of many.

being a grown person with a reasonable salary, like many people I accumulated a lot of stuff.

After contemplating this for quite a while I decided to trust my instincts and for the time being  keep the items I already have -even if I don’t currently use them. I don’t mean torn or damaged items- only those that are in good condition.

The same goes to my big collection of books.

Being an introvert I love to read and over the years  I have accumulated 3 book shelves loaded with books.

I stopped buying new ones about a year ago, I get some at the library and some on amazon kindle, but to tell you the truth- it’s just not the same somehow.

So I decided I am not buying any more books untill I reread every book I have in my book shelves, and so far this has brought me back to books I haven’t read in a long time and simply forgot how much I loved them, and on the other side it made me rethink about other ones-I am now contemplating donating them to the public library like I did with many books in my konmary declutter days.

where d you draw the line as to decluttering ? 90 days? 120? 1 year? maybe not at all?

ciao- the cooliflower.

 

 

 

 

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