The journey for us started off in what we would consider a pretty negative one (which to us, had turned out positive in the end). It began because of a bug-infestation in our parents’ home where we lived, while we waited for our new home to be built.
This bug was first identified to be small, white in colour, crawly bugs who feed on algae and thrive in humid areas. Its name: booklice.
They are totally harmless (they do not bite) but it totally grossed us out as it was found crawling on our clothes, books, basically…everything. It didn’t help that Singapore was mostly hot/humid and that our home wasn’t very well ventilated.
And so the journey of cleaning/washing started a few Christmases ago.
– we took out everything to clean with bug-deterrent solutions
– we bought ourselves dehumidifiers to constantly keep our room at a certain humidity level
– we brought ALL our soft-toys & clothing to the laundry for washing and drying
(this resulted in one of my toys suddenly having permed hair after the drying process and it looked HILARIOUS)
– we did not celebrate Christmas because this experience had freaked us out (I had one dress with over 20 booklice having a crawling party on it)
After Season 1 of this incident. Season 2 occured again close to Christmas! The booklice came back and we did the entire routine again, more thoroughly this time. Also, we bought another dehumidifier for the living area.
During this period, the husband had already started throwing out a lot of old stuff & clothes that aren’t worn often/not practical for wearing in Singapore. He was a tough cookie.
The wife also begin the journey of culling stuff and got even more inspired after discovering the online community of minimalists, the reasons why they do it, and how it actually is so liberating and fun! The important thing is the mindset you adopt and having the revelation of why you are doing it. Our dear readers, it is actually good for you!
Of course, my friend Beverly introduced me to Marie Kondo and I do like her concept of “Spark Joy” so much.
Why did we become minimalists?
(or grow to become more & more of it)
1. we do not use all that we have.
2. we do not like all that we have.
3. we are maintaining things we do not use and do not like.
4. we are cluttered with things we do not use and do not like, such that it harder to find things we actually use and like.
5. out of sight, out of mind – hence, we buy more stuff thinking that we do not own enough of it.
6. we spend more money buying ‘junk.’
7. we spend more time finding stuff that we like.
8. we get stressed out; sometimes without even realising it (e.g. “where did I put that black skirt?!”).
1. we get to make money selling our stuff.
2. we get to bless our friends with things that we are holding on to, which would otherwise bless them.
3. we have more space to display things we need and like.
4. we spend less time trying to find stuff (the wife actually rarely thinks “I do not have anything to wear!” anymore.)
5. we spend less time cleaning stuff that we don’t need.
6. the visual impact of seeing less clutter = a less cluttered mind = more space for creativity.
7. we only buy things we need and really really love.
8. It is so fun and liberating.
We have a long way to go before we become (if ever become) true-blue minimalists like Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. However, starting now, starting today, is a start and we challenge you to start somewhere.
Minimalism is fun and we have applied it in almost every area of our lives: clothing, stuff we own, our digital files, how we spend our time, how we think, how we pack, etc.
Sharing with you guys some of my (the wife) inspiration:
– Rachel Aust
– Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things
– Project 333
– Minimalism on the rise in Japan
– holon on Instagram
– nika home on Instagram
Do you have anything else you’d like us to share about our journey? Or do you have any tips or other inspirations that you have to share with us? Comment down below!