I've got commitment issues, and trust issues.
Not with people. No, my issues are with plans and things. I have difficulty committing to an idea and sticking with it through the long haul. This leads to my trust issue that the plan will actually work.
I mean, it all sounds good when you say it out loud: become a minimalist and only keep what you need. That means I have to get rid of what I don't need. Which is easy for the most part, but when it comes to essentials. Like, towels for instance, where you could easily end up in the position of being ready for a shower and no clean towels are to be found. That is one of my fears. I don't trust myself enough to believe I will have the laundry done regularly so we will always have clean towels. As a result I have lots of towels, and oddly enough way too many wash cloths.
That picture doesn't look so bad, until you realize that's the first layer of towels.
Here's the second:
I dumped them on the bed to show just how many washcloths and towels there are. For just two adults and a baby, I really don't need to be washing 20 towels and 30 washcloths.
The washcloths are a funny story though. I don't like them. I don't use them, and what's weird is I have told people that, and I still have ended up with 30 odd washcloths.
To explain, I hate sour washcloths. The kind that get left in the sink for days and you keep wondering where that strange smell is coming from. I also hate finding hair in the wet washcloth. *shudder*. That's something that will make me gag. So, to avoid the gag-inducing event, I don't use washcloths.
A friend of mine gave me a gift recently that made me laugh. I had to put it up immediately, because although I am pursuing minimalism I am currently a Slob, and sometimes you just have to admit where you are at before you can move forward.
I thought this was quite appropriate and a little humorous to say that it's our house, and it's okay if it's messy sometimes.
Anyways, back to the towels. I carefully folded and reorganized and then reorganized them again on my bed; making decisions of what to keep and what to throw.
Here's my keep pile:
And, here's my throw pile:
Now, I'm not throwing them away, instead they'll be stored elsewhere for dirty clean up jobs, or for my husband to take to his construction site., but they won't be in the closet for personal use.
Here's the finished cabinet.
Much tidier, and if you're wondering; I found a different and more logical place for the toilet paper.
I like the feel of commitment. Now that I've taken the step and gotten rid of unnecessary stuff, I feel more inclined to clean as it won't take me so long.
Also today I worked on the Dave Ramsey plan, and made my envelopes.
I wrote on them in special hand writing for a couple reasons. One, I like the look of it. Two, I feel that by having it look nice I will be far more inclined to use them and will be encouraged to commit to the plan.
I really love using little tricks and techniques to keep myself on track. I find that the little things are far more effective than big declarations or just saying so.
Do you have any fears or apprehensions about minimalism? What is your favorite technique to keep yourself committed to a plan or idea? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.