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4 November 2017

Getting Rid of Stuff Minimalism

by Andrew

This is the best part, tossing everything you own into the dumpster. It hurts a bit, physically and mentally. Lugging all that stuff outside and tossing it over into the dumpster hurts the old bones a touch. And then too, some of that stuff is just difficult to part with, you've had it so long. You maybe shed a tear. But instantly you feel better, I'm telling you, the second that stuff hits the dumpster like a gong.

Like you took too much cough medicine, you feel like, Robitussin cough and cold perhaps. Fifty pounds lighter you feel. You can jump straight through the moon. All that stuff is gone, just like that. You peel off all the layers of clothes you're wearing in the winter, outside in that wind, once you're inside, safe and warm. You throw them on the floor and it makes an audible noise, the layers are so many and so heavy. You're 10 pounds lighter. You have nothing more to weigh you down.

There is maybe other advice out there on the Internet. The top 14 steps to begin living like a minimalist, I'm sure there is. Step one is some garbage, like get focused. Step 2 says, have patience. Like, what? By the time you get to step 14, you've maybe thrown away your computer, and that's it, all frustrated you've just spent all this time reading this article. Because you've heard it all before, the same recycled information. How to apply the perfect lipstick correctly in 14 easy steps, you saw it. Step 1, get focused. Step 2, have patience. It's all the same.

That's the comfortable junk. It doesn't work, 14 excuses. I give you one option here instead. Throw everything away at once. But you don't like that. It's not what you wanted to hear. It's the most difficult thing. You're scared to do it. But I am living with nearly nothing. And you're drowned by junk, paralyzed.

That's how you know it's right. That you're scared. Well, run to what you fear, so that you'll fear it no longer. And then you can move onto the next issue, the next fear, finally, peeling back another layer and another layer, like an onion.

The most actionable advice is often the most simple. Only a few words are required, one simple suggestion. But it's the most difficult thing to do too.

But that's how it goes. If you want to live like a minimalist, then lose the junk. Or don't.


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