Photographs by Sarah Dorweiler
I rarely make a New Year’s Resolution, mainly because I don’t often follow it through. This year is a bit different, however. Over the last week, whenever anyone has asked me the inevitable question, “Did you make a resolution for 2017?” I enthusiastically reply, “Yes.”
Minimalism is certainly not a new concept; it’s not even that new to me. I was trying to pinpoint the exact moment when I decided on it, and I think it comes down to a few weeks ago when I watched the documentary on Netflix, Minimalism. (If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend adding it to your watch list.) But the truth is it’s something I’ve been thinking and feeling for a while now. First came the capsule wardrobe craze, which I still haven’t gotten over, although admittedly I haven’t managed to cull my closet down to the recommended 37 pieces just yet.
Out of all that closet cleaning came the need to find avenues for selling all of the items I was getting rid of. So I started getting into things like Craigslist, Varage Sale, and Depop. In the past I would typically donate all of my old clothes and belongings, and still do some of the time. But something about just giving away these items that I had invested so much money in made me want to hold onto things that I really needed to let go of. Being able to sell them off for even a fraction of the price I paid made it much easier to slim down my wardrobe, and I still feel good knowing that someone else is getting use out of an item that no longer served me.
While shopping for new things can be fun, I realized it doesn’t give me the same sense of fulfillment that I get from letting go.
All of this closet cleaning and decluttering gave me an immediate sense of peace and refreshment. Not only was I making some cash on the side and getting organized, I overall just felt lighter. Truth be told, my favourite part of the whole capsule wardrobe process is the clean out; while shopping for new things can be fun, I realized it doesn’t give me the same sense of fulfillment that I get from letting go. The enjoyment I got from cleaning out my closet overflowed into other areas of not only my home, but my life in general.
When I watched the documentary on a whim soon afterward, it didn’t really come as a surprise that its key message really resonated with me. That’s when I realized there was a term for the path that I already seemed to be on: Minimalism. And I got really excited about it. As I’ll preach to anyone who has the unfortunate chance of catching an elevator with me, there are so many benefits to being a minimalist: saving money, helping the environment, and feeling happier, to name only a few. It’s ignited a spark of passion in me that couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.
Just because you’re ‘a minimalist’ doesn’t mean that you need to give it all up; if anything, it means that you focus more on surrounding yourself with those things that mean the most to you and that truly make you happy.
What about my continued love for all things style and beauty? Well, that hasn’t gone away – I’m still as enthusiastic about that as I was before. Through this blog I plan to document my journey to minimalism and prove that it can intersect with style and any interest or hobby, really. Just because you’re ‘a minimalist’ doesn’t mean that you need to give it all up; if anything, it means that you focus more on surrounding yourself with those things that mean the most to you and that truly make you happy.
So, I’ll leave it there for now. I’m feeling more inspired than ever and incredibly excited to continue on this path, and hope that I’ve inspired you as well. I promise to share everything that I learn along the way. If I can help even one person out there get even the slightest more fulfillment out of their life, I’ll consider it a success. I have a feeling this is the one New Year’s Resolution I’m finally going to keep.
Until next time,