This TAG was created by the lovely Cathy from the Youtube Hello Cathy. She made so that people would understand a bit more about how us minimalists started this journey, our reasons for it and our process. So this are my answers to the questions, enjoy.
1. What drew you to minimalism?
I discover minimalism in 2012, not because I had a big change in my life, or because I moved a lot. I discovered a video on YouTube from The Minimalists and from there my life started to seem totally different. I started to realized what was really important in my life and soon after my journey began.
2. How did you start the de-cluttering process?
I started by decluttering my closet. Got rid of so many things that I didn't need, socks with holes, ugly pyjamas, shoes that hurt my feet. After that I declutered my beauty products and the rest of my room. My social media, my friends, and so on.
3. Have you ever counted all your things? If so, how many things do you own?
I have. I counted all my items of clothing, including pyjamas, workout clothes, shoes, underwear and work wear - 60 items total. But it's not about counting your stuff, it's about owning what is essential and things that you truly love. A number does not define you as being a minimalist.
4. What are your tips for dealing with the desire for more?
When I find myself wanting a specific item I always analyse if I really need it in my life, and if so, I use my One in One out rule. But most of the time when I desire more I don't want more stuff, I want better stuff. If a better quality product is worth the buy, I will exchange it for my low quality one.
5. How do you deal with non-minimalists in your life?
Actually I never told anyone that I was a minimalist. But I let people know when I don't need certain things, for example, presents are always things that I do need or money, and if someone gives an item that I don't need or I don't have a purpose for I will accept and find some other person that may love it more and use it.
6. Do you have any guilty pleasures where minimalism doesn't apply?
Life experiences. Doesn't matter what they are, if I want to do it I will, even if I have done it once or twice. Life is to be lived, and we should enjoy every moment.