Today I’m continuing my Q&A series, #AskAileen, and answering your questions from YouTube and Instagram. This episode covers: advice to my younger self, my one message to the world, my dream career and how to deal with setbacks, and an update on how I’m adapting to minimalism.
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Hi! Today I’m sharing my favorite youtube channels at the moment. These are the channels I get a lot of inspiration from, so hopefully you will enjoy them too.
If you guys have been following my spring cleaning series lately, you’ll know that I’ve been talking about Kondo-ing my closet for a while now. Today, I’m taking you all behind the scenes on a little closet tour to show you how I’ve personally put the KonMari method to work.
Recently, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and it changed my life. Since Kondo released the English version of her book this past fall, the NYT best-selling book has sold over 2 millions copies, and KonMari has become a worldwide phenomenon. After learning about the KonMari method—which claims that you only need to tidy your home in ONE dramatic swoop, and then never have to do it again—I knew I had to try it out for myself.
I’m trying to live minimally: to live with less in order to live more. Minimalism has helped me clarify what really matters in my life, so that I can keep the important things close to me and clear out the rest of the clutter.
Currently, I’m in the process of clearing out the clutter in my life, starting with my closet. So far, I’ve cleaned out and donated stacks of old clothes from high school and I’ve also started cleaning out my computer’s desktop (ta ta, messy desktop!). I feel when you have a cluttered space, your mind is cluttered and it’s easier to feel stressed. If you have a clear space, then your mind will be more peaceful.
How To Live Minimally
Minimal living likely looks different to everybody; your lifestyle is your personal preference so it’s up to you how minimal you really want to go. But the general rule of thumb when deciding what to keep or not keep in your life is to ask yourself the question: Does this add value to my life? If it adds value—it’s useful, makes you happy, or contributes to your life and well-being—then keep it. If it doesn’t add value, then feel free to clear it out of your life. (Hint: Not limited to physical things.)
To me, living minimally means that I’d rather spend my time and money on experiences rather than material things. Experiences like traveling, eating, spending time with people who matter—priceless memories that I can cherish forever—are more important to me than having stuff I don’t need.
How Minimal Can Be Meaningful
Instead of hoarding stuff that you don’t need, consider that your clutter/trash may be somebody else’s treasure. Try to donate and recycle what you can; you will be adding value to the world that way. At the same time, you will be clearing out the clutter in your life to make room for more meaningful, valuable, and important things. We have to clear the old to make room for the new—physically, mentally, and socially. I feel that they are all interconnected anyway.
Minimalist Sources & Inspiration
- Blake Mycoskie’s Start Something That Matters
- My favorite minimalist blog: The Minimalists
- My Pinterest for my dream minimal home eye candy
Let me know what you guys think about this post! Wishing you all luck in discovering a meaningful life that works for you.