Starting Out At Minimalism

I know minimalism is not a ‘crash diet’, so to speak. You can’t try it out for a couple of weeks and go back to spending like crazy on your next trip to the mall. It is a lifestyle.

My religion is a huge part of who I am and it teaches us not to run after the materials of this world. Islam is my lifestyle and I see minimalism beautifully tying in to what I hope to achieve.

“Nay! If you knew with a sure knowledge (the end result of piling up, you would not have been occupied yourselves in worldly things)” (Quran, Surah, At-Takathur: 5).

By decluttering my home, I am decluttering my life and mind from all the materialistic items that have sat around gathering dust. Some items, I thought, had too much sentimental value to even move from that drawer in the guest room.

I opened a drawer and ended up removing two bags worth of brand new items (tags intact, unopened, sealed) that I intend to hand over to my helper who is, sadly, leaving by January to be with her family. So far this process has been very satisfying and somewhat easy too. I successfully bagged items for yesterday, today, tomorrow and the day after that! It’s not meant to be a purge, more of a day to day challenge but it was just more convenient to make two big bags for Diane to take with her – so there.

I am now going to rest my head before one of the kids decide it’s wakey time.


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