Ok, so the title sounds a little dramatic but it’s true.
Friday evening I was home alone. My family had gone over to England to retrieve my sister’s belongings from her old flat and I was left to mind the animals. Plus I was on call until 9am Saturday morning so I had to reluctantly wait by the phone incase any shit went down. Fortunately, no shit went down, and I got to spend my evening playing hide and seek with my dogs. Perfect.
The next morning it was my job to dismantle my ikea bed and get rid of it as my sister had a newer, nicer, more comfortable bed in England that she was bringing home. It was pretty horrific to be perfectly honest. Ikea furniture is the bane of my existence. It’s like marmite. You either love it or hate it. Only obviously everyone loves Ikea, it’s just that you’re either a flat pack wiz kid or a complete d-i-y disaster. I am obviously the latter.
Nevertheless, I managed to dismantle the entire bed within an hour or so and fortunately my friend Amber dropped in and declared she was in dire need of a new bed. Sorted! We got the bed to her place, put it back up and I returned home to lie on my bedroom floor exhausted.
I got home and made a DELICIOUS chickpea and spinach thai curry with long grain rice. It was literally the best thing I have ever made! Being vegan is getting easier by the day. It was simply spinach, a can of chicken peas, some home made thai paste (lots of recipes online) and a can of light coconut milk. So simple and flavoursome.
As I may have mentioned before in my last post, today was the day I was doing a car boot sale to sell all the things I no longer need in my life and to get some more money together for my move to Barcelona. It was so over-whelming as I, like most people, have a lot of stuff. It took hours to get through it all and it was so difficult to pick which things would go and which would stay. It’s hard to part with some things.
My family got home around 10.30pm exhausted from their trip. They’d driven to England, packed up a house and drove back all within 24 hours. It was for that reason that I told them to leave the bed in the van and said we would sort it out in the morning. Afterwards I went upstairs to my partially bare room and lay down on top of my duvet that was now lying where my bed use to be. I lay there with the lamp on staring at where things use to sit. It was actually quite liberating to lie on the floor. I could see my room from different angles. I felt really peaceful.
My alarm was set for 5am as the car boot started at 6am. I jumped up off the floor when the alarm sounded feeling slightly stiff and sore but extremely motivated for the day ahead. During the car boot I sold 85% of what I’d brought! It was a success! I made £160 on stuff that would have otherwise gone to the dump. It felt so rewarding to let go of so many belongings.
Here’s a picture of my Mum after we set up our stall.
I returned home on a high and decided enough was enough. I had to get rid of more. I then spent a couple of hours emptying the contents of my drawers into bin bags, I took pictures off the walls and dismantled 2 sets of free standing shelves. They have now all been removed and I’m lying in my new bed, in a more minimalist bedroom, feeling a lot more relaxed and positive about life.
I have only 5 more days in my job left to do. I’m leaving this country for warmer weather and a happier, healthier lifestyle. I have saved as much money as possible and I’ve cleared quite a bit of clutter from my life. I still have a little left to do but it is completely doable. Even though I will only take what I need to Barcelona with me, I wanted to completely minimalise my room before leaving. I didn’t want it looming over my head.
This weekend has been fantastic.
It makes me wonder though. Has anyone else ever had this urgent need for minimalism in their lives? Has anyone else ever just spent a weekend removing unnecessary items from their home? I read so much online about people doing it gradually over a certain period of time and I know their are no rules and everyone is different.
It would be great to hear peoples stories about how they came to minimalism. Let me know in the comments if you wish to share your story!