Last week I stumbled onto the amazing website The Minimalists. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus run a website devoted to minimalism in every sense of the word, from what they own to the way they approach the world and the emotional baggage they (try not to) carry. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve felt an overwhelming need to just let things go. And by things I mean everything from the little clutter that fills up my drawers to the big things that weigh on your shoulders and keep you from feeling at peace. Inspired by several of their posts, I passed the link to Max and Amy. Amy jumped at the chance to take their Minimalist Challenge and got me on board immediately. The basic premise is simple: The first day you get rid of one thing. The second day you get rid of two things. The third you get rid of three things, and so on. By day 30 you’re seriously cleaning things out and getting in touch with the way you relate to the objects around you and what you truly need to be happy, healthy and functional.
We’ve been talking so much about mindfulness this month that I thought it would be fun to invite anyone else who wanted to challenge with us to join in.
Amy and I are sharing our daily edits (#minimalistchallenge) on Instagram every day and I plan on sharing the results in a big post a month from now. I think the key with this is to not focus so much on the numbers and the objects, or even the act of editing, as the process of examining what lead to those purchases or the way they’ve become obsolete or aren’t organized in a way that’s useful. I’m learning a lot about myself already (for example, I have a hard time letting go of something if it’s still ‘nice’ but I never use it.) and I think this challenge will help me be more aware of what I buy and why. I’m excited to see what everyone else is doing in this challenge so I hope we’ll see you online!
Here’s what you can do: We’re interested in the story behind your editing. Upload an image to Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest and hashtag it #minimalistchallenge. You can also email it to us here with the hashtag as the subject line. The image should contain a picture of you with the item you’re tossing/donating and a sentence about what you learned from that process. For example, I could post a picture of a patterned pillow I bought when I saw a sale I couldn’t resist. The lesson I learned was that I don’t need to buy something just because it’s a ‘deal’. If it’s not what I need, it can stay at the store.
Our favorite pictures and stories will be featured on D*S in a big “end of the challenge” post that includes interviews with some of our favorite submissions. We can’t wait to see what everyone learns from this early spring cleaning! xo, grace