Living in a college dorm for four weeks has made me very aware of a few things. First, I don’t use nearly as much stuff as I thought I did. And second, I don’t need nearly as much stuff as I thought I did.
In my dorm room I have three drawers of clothes, a space for hangers, three shelves, a desk, and a bed. It doesn’t sound like a lot of space, but I don’t have a lot of things.
I probably brought less than half the clothes that I own, but strangely- it’s the perfect amount. At home, I would stare at my closet and think the infamous saying, “I have nothing to wear!” However, here I look at the shirts I’ve brought and I just pick one and put it on. It’s so much simpler, because I know that the clothes I’ve brought are the ones I’m actually going to wear. It goes to show how many extra shirts I have at home that I bought thinking, “Yeah, this shirt looks cool,” and then never wear.
Besides clothes, I have a bunch of random stuff /trinkets at home that I’ve never gotten rid of, but also don’t use. Every time I try to do a room clean out, though, I always keep every thing thinking, “I might need that one day.”
That’s why pictures are so special for me, though. Pictures allow us to remember events, vacations, people, and feelings that can’t be shown through random objects. I would rather have a room full of pictures than one full of trinkets.
I’ve always been interested in minimalism as a concept, and living in such a small space this summer has reinforced this idea that we don’t need a lot of material items in order to function.
As soon as I get home, I plan on sifting through my room with this minimalism idea in mind. I know it’s going to be hard to part with some items because of my sentimentality, but I also need to keep in mind that during my stay in a dorm I was completely okay with a few shelves worth of stuff and three drawers worth of clothes.
PS- This minimalism mentality does NOT apply to books. I will continue to hoard those until the end of time 🙂
Let me know in the comments if you are interested in minimalism or if you live by a minimalist philosophy! If you are a minimalist, let me know about your transition into this lifestyle.