“You will change your mind; You will change your looks; You will change your smile, laugh, and ways but no matter what you change, you will always be you.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I decided to use a quote from him today that was a lot more fitting than I thought it would be for today’s motivational inspiration. Hello friends, Amalia here for Motivation Monday. If you haven’t picked up on it yet, our blog has been talking about a lot more than just decluttering your life. It’s more about improving the quality of your life through minimalism. Minimizing the “stuff” that you think makes you feel better, or minimizing the contact you have with toxic people in your life, or minimizing the time you spend on your phone. Being minimalistic is more to us than the amount of stuff you get rid of. We don’t want to get caught up in the materialistic society that the new generation seems to be pushing towards. A lot of people seem to be caught up into this way of life, including us, and it’s truly scary to me. Are we just going through the motions of what everyone else does or what is perceived to be the “new” way of life? This new life seems to include a lot of fancy things that really don’t add quality to your life. Going out and buying new things and researching the coolest new gadgets uses up precious time and of course money. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather spend that money on travel or that time spending with my friends and family that make me truly smile and be happy.
Since starting this new lifestyle, I find myself asking myself constantly “how much time is this task really worth and could I be doing something better with my time?” This quarantine really pushed me to think about what I’m doing with my time lately. Did you realize you didn’t have any hobbies? I did. Did you realize you had a lot of crap in your house you haven’t touched and is just taking up space? I have. Did you start working from home or unfortunately lose the previous job you had before and realize it made you feel better/worse about what you do for a living? I did. Did you think about how fortunate you are to still have a roof over your head and a fridge full of food while others are struggling to find work amid a pandemic? I did. Did you think about the people you really miss seeing and the ones you realized don’t play as much of a role in your life than you thought? I did (and so did I for all of the above -TJ). I hope this finds you wondering about the not so little things in your life that are so much more important than they seem. Maybe these things you are asking yourself like I did make you start to think about improving the quality of your life. After all, you’ve only got one life on this earth so what choices have we made or are we going to make to affect the quality of it? Be happy, be healthy, and be your best self. Just like MLK said, you will always be you no matter what you do so don’t lose sight of who YOU are.
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Today I am getting rid of a bag of some fabrics I had laying around. The pillowcase on the right was kept all these years (since I was in first grade) because I remembered that day very well. I don’t use it though and rarely take it out to look at it. So, instead of having it collect dust, I took a picture of it to keep as a memory. These are the things we can do to help declutter the household yet still keep the memories associated with these things.