I was never a rebel. I live in a world where the prevailing social norms are to be followed.
Until, it hit me. The person I've become, wanted to make a difference. A difference that starts from within, in hopes that during the process, will inspire others to shift their focus from constantly acquiring things to making time and space to actually do things. To create memories. Having that mindset made it all easy to take the first step into simplifying my life.
This journey didn't come about overnight. Exactly 8 months ago, I started a journal about self image as a way to fully know myself and develop characteristics that are ideal to me. Part of it was designing a capsule wardrobe (details of which will be featured in another post) according to these guidelines:
- aesthetic (let's be real, we all want to look good)
- practicality/ functionality
Making a list of what is essential is very personal. No one else has the power to dictate what stays or goes. So you need to have a clear vision before you take the plunge head first. Once that's all sorted out, the dirty work begins:
- take out all your clothes, shoes, handbags and products out of their respective storage.
- same goes with books, accessories, tchotchkes and the like.
- make four piles. Donate, sell, keep and trash.
- be vicious and go through each and every item.
- toss them into the respective pile.
- clean and sanitize all sides and surfaces of your closet, drawers, dresser and shoe storage.
- neatly arrange items back where they belong.
- applaud yourself for a job well done. :)
In a way, it was like turning over a new leaf.