[GIVEAWAY CLOSED] Minimalism and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in Action!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

"The things you own end up owning you"- Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

If you follow me on Facebook, you'll see that I've had a change of mindset. I have been introduced to the idea of minimalism and I can't look back. Two things inspired me to go on this journey, 1. The Minimalists podcast and 2. Marie Kondo's book 'the Life-changing Magic of Tidying up'. Have you guys encountered either of these fantastic sources before?

I've just graduated and am now questioning what I really want in life. We have been programmed to think we want the job with the 6 figure salary, the house on the beach and the flashy sports car because that is the benchmark of success, right? Especially me, coming from an Asian family made up of Doctors, lawyers and dentists. I've come to realise that those things don't play a part in my dreams. I don't want to work 40 hours a week. I don't care about living in a big house or having a fancy car. And I really don't care for the debt that comes with that sort of lifestyle! What I want is time. Time is literally money to spend with people I love and do the things I love.

Warning: horrific photos of my room ahead.
*Giveaway after the jump*

“The place we live should be for the person we are becoming now – not for the person we have been in the past.”- Marie Kondo

The podcast helped me define my new values, but Marie Kondo's simple book with step by step instructions on how to tidy your house was invaluable when it got down to the nitty gritty. Now I wouldn't call our rental a hoarder house, but we all own so many items that have just gradually accumulated over the years. This was the state of my room when I came home from my holiday to Singapore.

You can see about 1 square metre of the floor. And the worst thing is that I did not realise that this was bad! How can a room this cluttered possibly bring anyone any joy? It's probably a health hazard! Just looking at these photos, I feel stressed and itchy.

This was our closet, jam packed with clothes and miscellaneous items strewn all over the floor. I really did not respect my belongings and I feel so guilty because I have treated them like this for as long as I can remember.

So we packed up our futons and began with step 1. Take out every single item of clothing you own and put it on the floor.

There were injuries in the process.

The general rule is to touch each item of clothing. If it does not 'spark joy', discard it. After a full day of deciding whether to keep, donate or sell, and a few more days of organising, I am now the proud owner of this room. And it has stayed this way for weeks! I simply have less stuff to keep away now.

AND LOOK AT MY UNDERWEAR DRAWER! Actually, look at ALL my drawers :D.

Our hanging clothes look so free don't they?

Overall, the 3 of us got rid of 15 full garbage bags of clothes alone. Some items went to the flea markets to be sold at $2 each where they will hopefully add value to someone else's life. 

Now this is a beauty blog, so I need to show you guys what I did with all my beauty related items. As a beauty blogger, I have received and bought hundreds of items to review. Despite giving away items regularly to my family and friends, I still had a substantial amount tucked away under the bathroom sink. Out of sight, out of mind right?

This is the amount I chose to discard. You can probably see lots of items in this stash that I have reviewed before. Despite liking some of these, there are simply other products who have come along that bring me more joy.

This is all that remains:

In this acrylic storage unit from Ikea, I keep all the items I use daily, plus items I need to review.

Shout out to my Pony x Memebox palette, the Face Shop Dual concealer and Sharlynn who got me the Gelpresso eyeliner set!

In these tiny drawers, I keep items that I don't use that often, but still love.

I only kept two rows of lip products and 1 jar of brushes.

“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.”- Marie Kondo

I'm sorry about all the quotes, but they are just so darn appropriate! My room is a little sparse, but it's a million times better than what it used to look like. I feel free now, and I can actually enjoy reading in my room. I hope that seeing my room transformation has inspired you guys too! My journey is still ongoing and the process of decluttering has just started. I am admittedly avoiding the more difficult categories e.g. childhood photos. 

Now I think you guys can tell that this is a topic I am super passionate about. As the minimalists podcast and website material is free, I am going to give away a copy of Marie Kondo's "the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up". This isn't sponsored or anything, I'm going to buy the book with my own money and have it shipped to you anywhere in the world! Just enter down below!

If you win, I hope the book gives as much value to your life as it did mine. Good luck everyone!

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