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How Minimalism Changed My Life

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A lot of you have been requesting that I make a video about this topic. I have a video that will go up in the near future all about how I decluttered my home and how I developed hobbies and a purpose in life without spending endless hours a day on social media.

I was that girl that was guilty of buying fast fashion because it was cheap, convienvient, and I was incredibly naieve. I was that girl that had cheesy home decor for every holiday and special occasion possible. I was that girl that hoarded everything because “I didn’t want it to go to waste.”

Oh how much things have changed for me in the last few weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE designer fashion especially the ones fashion bloggers blog about and celebrating special occasions. But I recently discovered that I’m a Highly Sensitive Person and that these types of people don’t thrive in a cluttered environment and a consumerist society. Every single day when I came home from wherever I was, I felt stressed. I avoided my studio apartment so much because I was just tired of cleaning it all the time. I never could have imagined that my little place could be so hard to keep up with. All of the upkeep with all of the clutter is what stressed me out the most. I kept clothes that didn’t fit me, were damaged, home decor that was tacky and not my style, and a bunch of clothes that I bought on sale 6 months ago with the price tags still on them. I had a problem.

When I came back to Singapore I decided it was time to change my life. If I wanted to spend less time cleaning and worrying about my things and more time doing things that I loved, I had to go through my whole house 1 by 1 and just get it done. 

First I started with easy things like the bathroom drawers. Every section I decluttered, I sorted everything into 5 piles. A “must keep” pile, a “maybe” pile, a “donate” pile, a “to sell online” pile, and a “trash” pile. Then I would go through the “maybe” pile and end up just tossing most of it in the trash. Everyday I picked a new section and next thing you know, I have dozens of bags that are either trash, to donate, or to sell. I love having less things now because everything in my closet is something that I LOVE which makes picking out an outfit an easy thing to do every morning, I only have home decor that inspires me in some way, and if I ever move out one day to another country I can spend less time packing and more time having fun! With every item that I discard my mind seems to get clearer and I feel as a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

Now let’s talk social media decluttering. On average I’ve probably spent at least 5 hours a day on social media for maybe the last 5 years of my life. Yes, I consider it my “job” but it also was not a healthy coping skill for me. I recently went through on Facebook and Instagram and I friended/unfollowed at least 80% of everyone. It felt awkward unfriendong ex-colleagues or friends I literally haven’t talked to in over 10 years and probably will never see them again but you know what? I finally felt like my Facebook and Instagram feed was filled with content that actually made me happy. Which brings me to my next point: spending less time on social media. This one is a hard one because I am a true addict. I depend on it when I’m sad, bored, and it even influences the way that I live my life. I didn’t want to live that way anymore. I’ve never felt any true satisfaction from it and I just want to feel something that is real. I don’t play everything that I do anymore and I actually try to take the time to message people how they’re doing instead of just keeping up with their social media’s and assuming all is good. When I engage in other activities such as cooking, working out, or socializing, I like to put the phone away. I’m still a long ways away from where I want to be but I’m making progress and I realized that being “insta famous” is actually just bullshit. I love photography and connecting with others around the world but making a “career” out of this by doing dumb cheap sponsorships, getting validation from likes, and greedy platforms making it difficult for us smaller creators to get noticed is not an environment that I want to work in. I’ve never done photo shoots or traveled just to post about it. I do it because I love it. And I’ll choose to post about it on my terms.

I’ve just started my journey on living a more minimalist life and so far I’ve had nothing but a positive experience. I have more energy throughout the day, I read more, I smile more, I spend more time doing things I am passionate about, and I don’t think I could ever go back.
Have you been practicing minimalism? Share with me what has helped you the most, I would really like to hear!

Thanks for those of you that are loyal to my content and check in on me when I go through periods of not posting. I’m eternally grateful for yoi

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