My Minimalist Spring Is The Best Time Of The Year To Embrace Change
Yes, my minimalist spring again! For me, spring is my minimalist New Year. It’s the time when I reflect on the past year and try to tweak my life towards a more simple and uncluttered existence. I like to decide what worked and what did not work.
Using public transportation whenever possible has worked well for me this year. I actually enjoy feeling like a tourist as I visit cities and towns as I work as a Telecommunications Tech. Like discussed in the earlier post, you get to see and experience much more and meet more people when using public transportation and walking. The only problem I do have with this change is I get to walk by many local food establishments. Me being sort of a foodie ensures that I will partake in the local offerings. The lie that I told myself is it would be alright to eat as much as I wanted because I was walking more and the calories would burn off. This action may be a contributing factor to my next problem.
For my minimalist spring, I decided to edit my wardrobe down to about five pairs of pants and shirts. I decided not to do this by donating of giving anything away. I decided to just not replace them as they wore out until I got to that magic number. The problem I was and am still having is my pants and shirts are wearing out unusually fast. The crotch, inner leg, outer hip area and anywhere else my pants and shirts make contact with the outside world wears out quickly. I explored many possibilities for this problem and have failed to remedy the problem. Checked the quality of the clothing and the possibility that I have gained weight. I believe I am walking much more and sitting on buses and in trains are contributing to the early demise of my clothing. Stay tuned for the final report.
For my minimalist spring carrying water and not buying beverages on the road whenever possible has been working great. I decided on doing this for environmental reasons but have benefited in other ways also. Of course, I benefited financially because I am not paying the high prices of sodas and drinks. I have lost weight and have enjoyed other health benefits of drinking more water and did I mention it is kind on the environment?
For my minimalist spring editing, the kitchen was painful. I am a gadget guy and like buying a lot of them. My goal was to get rid of anything that did not have a dual purpose. If it’s task could be done by something else it was removed from the kitchen. If I did not use the gadget in six months it was removed from the kitchen. Some of those items I believed I could not live without or at least would miss. This has proved not to be true. The separation was actually painless. This had lead to an uncluttered stress-free kitchen.
I love, love, love my experience with the Freegan movement last year. My eyes have been opened to the excessive waste the nation produced. I have seen food being paid for (top dollar I may add) and then thrown out and being had for free a few hours later. Also, a few blocks in either direction people would go hungry. I am proud to admit I have to pick food out of the trash and eat it. Most of the fruits and vegetables had cosmetic defects and nothing else wrong. They are thrown out because the store wants their products to “LOOK” better than their competitors in the hope it will attract higher end customers.
Other prepackaged foods are thrown out due to the advertised expiration date. You could be paying top dollar one day and getting those same items free the next day in the trash. I know it sounds bad but in the back of my mind, I wonder if smaller mom and pop store get some of their products this way? Hummmmm! Freeganism has me looking at waste, consumerism and the way mega-corporations provide products. There is so mush waste there in manufacturing and transportation. This makes me a fan of local sourcing of our products and services.
Well, this was a look of the past year of the highlights of my minimalist journey. It has been fun and a GREAT learning experience. It has need freeing and I have fewer things to manage and more money and time to do ANYTHING I like with. Living more with less.
Last year was a GREAT year for me and my growth. I look forward to this minimalist spring and summer navigating the New York and New Jersey area as I make my customer very happy.