It’s called an Exit Strategy. I knew I had to get out as fast as I could and it was not going to happen with all the things I had collected over the years. Yes, I could’ve left my clutter there but a lot of it was clothes and things that were useful and in good condition and what someone else could enjoy so I took it to a shelter for women and children in Downtown Los Angeles.
In my process to make this exit I found the book Minimalism, Live A Meaningful Life.
It not only introduced me to the lifestyle of minimalism, but it also gave me the perfect excuse when he got suspicious and asked what I was doing with all my things.
It taught me that living uncluttered and simple was necessary to find appreciation for what was valuable to me.
“Whether it be your closet or office desk, excess things in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information.” – Michael Cho
I had never felt such a relief and clarity by getting rid of things I had been holding onto. My closet alone went from about 400 items of clothing to… drumroll please… 38 (!) and that was including my winter coats!
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
Ok, your turn! Down in the comments, let me know what random thing you’ve been holding onto or collected over the years?