Minimalism – Day 1

A popular approach for people starting out with minimalism is The Minimalism Game. Though it would be a fun way to start, I quickly dismissed this idea. It’d take too long to see any benefits and it’s also not very structured.

Another approach Joshua and Ryan of The Minimalist write about is Ryan’s 21 day journey into minimalism. They describe how Ryan put everything in boxes, and the following days was only allowed to take out of them what he really needed. After 21 days, everything left inside he would either sell, donate, or trash.

Since I’m starting my journey on a work-day, this approach is a bit impractical. I don’t have enough time to pack all my stuff. Though my approach will be somewhat similar, I will only pack up my stuff in a small area, such as one room.

Since I have a wife and two kids, I can’t pack everything. I like doing experiments every 4 weeks, but I don’t want to trouble them with everything I think I need to do at the moment. I’m not touching the kids’ toys. I’m not packing my wife’s stuff. Though she’s interested in slimming down our inventory, she won’t be as thorough. We’ll go trough her stuff at some point during the next 4 weeks, too.

For now I’ve packed over a hundred dvd’s and a few hundred comics books. It’ll be hard to let go of those, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to read them in the next 4 weeks.

 

Freedom to Change

I think everybody is free. We are free to do whatever we want. To live the life we want to live, how we want to live it.

I also think we are all stressed for time. Well, mostly everybody (there are exceptions). But we read about these people doing cool stuff everyday, like people making loads of money online (I’m not one of them), people traveling the world (I’m not on of them either), or other people doing extraordinary things. Thing us normal humans don’t have time, money, or guts for.

But we long for it. We dream about it. We don’t hate our life, or probably not completely, but we also want it to be better.

I refuse to let my life happen to me

But that’s not for normal human beings, right?
I’m in that category of human beings. I’ve got a full time job, a house with a mortgage and I’ve got a family that depends on me. I can’t just quit my job, sell my house and start traveling.

But I want to live my own life. I’m taking control. I will choose my own directions, not have my boss tell me what life I can live. I only have one life. I want to try out new things to do, places to go, books to read. I want to grow as a human being. I want to help others, inspire them, show them they can change their life, too.
And maybe even yours.

Every 4 weeks I’ll try something new.

Maybe I’ll form a new habit, maybe I’ll create something new, maybe I’ll change a part of my life completely.

Maybe I can inspire you to do something awesome with your life, too.

If you want to see how a ‘normal’ human changes it, watch me first. If you have questions, suggestions for my next 4 weeks, or just want to say ‘hi’, contact me on twitter.