If I would try to describe the three months that passed since my last post in one word, it would be “reborn”. It may sound a bit extreme, and the word carries both positive and negative meaning. The first month after I quit my day job was filled with excitement, which made me push very hard, eager to do all the things that I was dreaming of doing while I was working full time, but didn’t have the time and energy to do. I was on cloud nine, full of energy coming from the adrenaline rush.
Time to Recharge
It lasted about a month, and as with all energy generated by pure adrenaline, it started to wear off. My mind and body signaled that it was time to slow down. For the past several years, I haven’t taken the time to recharge. After quitting my job, I immediately jumped into basically another job – a job that I created for myself. Yes, I was doing things that I felt passionate about, but I continued working in the same way that I was working for my former employers.
Something didn’t feel right, I didn’t have much motivation to sit at the computer all day long, and wanted to do something more “hands on”. At the same time, I started to feel bothered by clutter in my home, probably caused by the fact that I was spending more time at home. Suddenly I started to notice all the things that were lying around.
So I embarked on a decluttering mission, working through my house room by room. It would allow me to take a break from the computer work. I also sensed that bringing my surroundings in order would allow me to function better and stay more focused.
In the beginning, I was pretty much just organizing and cleaning the house. Then I came to a realization that I wanted to do more than just to keep all my belongings in order. I wanted to simplify my life. Simplicity means getting rid of things and bringing everything down to the essentials.
When I tried to find inspiration for what I was going through, I discovered that there was a whole movement dedicated to that exact thing, and it had a name: “minimalism”.
On the physical level it boiled down to owning less stuff, but it went deeper into our emotions and spirituality. Definition from The Minimalists:
Minimalism is simply about getting rid of superfluous excess so you can live a more meaningful life.
Indeed, getting rid of our possessions is a very emotional process that forces us to redefine ourselves. It can be very hard, and is best performed in steps. The same way we peel an onion, becoming a minimalist should be done in phases.
This development was unexpected to me, I never thought that I would go so far, but I am glad that I did. Basically, I worked on every space in my house, without exceptions. For each space, I emptied it completely, and for every single item made a decision if it was worth keeping in my life. Bags after bags, and boxes after boxes of stuff were donated and trashed. The remaining items were organized in a way that made them functional, which required a lot of thinking and planning.
The result is amazing: my home looks like a model home while being functional and extremely easy to maintain. I enjoy spending time here, but what is even more important, I feel calm and focused. My vision is no longer blurred by clutter and dust. It’s a great feeling.