My family home since I remember was cluttered. My parents have always been collectors and collect a lot of unnecessary things. The basement, garage and closets were filled with old items. They did it in the belief that they would someday use these items. As a child I imitated my parents and did the same. I collected spoiled toys, and in the closet were nice dresses for special occasions only. Every day I dressed these "worse clothes". Usually I never dressed these nice clothes because I had already grown up. Later in the teenage years I started to buy more, so the number of items began to grow steadily...
What made me want less?
At one point in my life I was overwhelmed by the amount of items that I had in my room. These things were definitely too much.I understood that I would not lose weight to those little trousers that are still in my closet, I will never use the German dictionary, I will not tan to use this dark face primer or I do not read the Lord of the Rings, because I do not like the fantasy. And the lost socks will never be found in the depths of the washing machine.
I started with small things ...
The place where I had the most things was my wardrobe. I threw away the clothes that had defects. And the clothes that were too big / small or those I have not dressed and I did not like, I put on the sales portals.
I threw away all the unnecessary documents. Some of them, such as receipts I took photos (to use them in case of complaint).
I threw away the books I used in high school. If I ever need information that was included in them, I will find them online.
I gave my friends cosmetics that did not work for me.
I got rid of "dust collectors" from the lockers. The simplicity of the interior is beautiful for me. And I have less to clean ;)
I did not get sentimental and threw out gifts which I did not like.
I got rid of cables that did not able to my hardware. I also threw out the broken electronic equipment.
Buying an ebook reader was a brilliant idea for me! I can have dozens of electronic versions of books always with me, in a small lightweight device.
I prefer to spend money on good quality sunglasses that I will wear for years, than to buy the same price 10 pairs of poor quality sunglasses.
What minimalism gave me?
I take care of things that are already in my possession, so I can use them longer.
I'm more demanding. I choose better quality products.
I'm not following to fashion. I know what I feel and how well I look.
I have more space at home.
My house looks neat and clear.
I do not waste time in shopping malls. I do "research" on the internet and I know where I can buy it.
Whenever I have a shop whim I wait 2 weeks to buy it. Usually after that time I do not want to buy it. And if not, then I know that I really want to have this thing.
Saving. I feel that the all things I have are enough for me. And I do not have to buy anything, so I save a lot of money.