The decluttering process.

I’m due to leave Edinburgh in December, and I’m using this as an excuse to extreme declutter. I’m trying to get rid of as much as I can so that it is easier to move. But there are a few things that still have their hooks in me. A few beautiful nicknacks that I know that I might not be able to find again. Jewellery that despite never wearing, I can’t let go and a few items of clothing that I might use in the future (if I lost weight).

So far, I’ve ditched:

  • Notebooks that have no notes in them.
  • Books I’ve never or will never read again.
  • Clothes that won’t be worn.
  • Shoes that hurt my feet.
  • Accessories that do not accessorize.

All up it’s only been a few bags and a few boxes as I didn’t have much to begin with. I’m now in the later phase where it’s just those items left that have sentimental ties or have a hold over me that I can’t get rid off. I have this fantasy of myself just moving with only one suitcase. Though that won’t happen because we have cats and need to move them too.

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How my minimalism affects my writing

Currently, I’m a minimalist and it has come about after years of living a poor uni student lifestyle on Youth Allowance and then afterward I was on either the doll or when working I was saving as much money as possible so I could get my UK visa. I left Australia with only a large suitcase and backpack.

Then when I was in the UK I was fortunate to get a flat with my husband that had furniture supplied. WIN! I’ve grown accustomed to not having a flashy lifestyle, in fact, I think I’ve got a good thing going. I don’t drink alcohol (it tastes nasty and in Australia, its expensive as fuk) and I’m a pretty quiet person (husband recently said I was a lone wolf). I don’t need that much to live on. So having a simple waitressing job is enough for me to financially support myself.

In terms of writing, I agree with the writing advice that say to remove all superfluous words or use only one word if it gets the message across. I had a friend who mentioned something along the lines of that every word I wrote had a place or that there were no unnecessary words. And I was like, yes, that is what I want in terms of my writing.

Why have a hundred words when only fifty will do just as fine? Yeah, it might mean my stories are in the novella range, but I don’t want to be wasteful. If I can write my stories with fewer words then I will.

 

Why I am also a minimalist

The lifestyle trend of minimalism has been around longer than the name for it. It has only come to recent prominence in regards to its contrast against modern consumerism. A lot of people appear to be joining the trend, but an important question everyone needs to ask themselves is one thing.

Why do you want to become a minimalist?

I’m doing it for financial and creative freedom. By having a low-income lifestyle I do not need to spend all my time at a job. And by not being at a job, I can be somewhere else, like my computer, writing my stories 🙂 Being all like, look at what I am creating!!!! Mawhahah 🙂