Hey my friend! It’s Angie of Cozy Minimalism! Today, on this episode, we’re going to talk about how you can make minimizing a little bit easier by defining your values BEFORE you go in to do a fairly major purge.
How It Helps
When you minimize, after you define what’s important to you and what you value, it helps the process become a little more clear.
You take a step back from looking at all of the stuff you have to give up and you move towards looking at what you want to keep. And that, is a pivotal mindshift to help you work through some of your stuff. Sometimes the things we own are not in alignment with our core values. Sometimes these items may be something that we used to value but it doesn’t align with what they currently value. This is one of those times that you may keep things based on who you used to be or you you used to want to be.
I used to value creativity in the form of crafting, it was simply an outlet for me to feel happiness and joy. I also value simplicity and by recognizing that, it’s allowed me to let go of the excess craft supplies that will never truly bring me joy or happiness. I’ve simplified my craft supplies to what I use and bring me joy. That way, the stash aligns with my values of creativity and simplicity. By keeping the excess for years, it stressed me out to see the stash in my basement of doom and I would avoid it. There was no joy in that. Now, with the alignment, I feel zero stress in that area and even get sparked to create every once and awhile.
Minimizing based on your values has a benefit that’s two-fold.
The first benefit is that when you deep dive into your values you learn a little bit more about yourself. You get to define what’s most important to you and your family.
The second benefit is when you’re looking through your stuff, it will be so much easier to make decisions on whether it has earned its place in your home or not. Because of things that don’t align with your values will be super easy to let go of. It’s like a lighthouse beacon guiding you on your journey.
You have a solid foundation to support yourself in letting things go. When you ask yourself the basic questions “Does this bring me joy?” and “ Does it bring value to my life?”
Your mission today, is to go to the page for this episode www.cozyminimal.com/values. There, you will find a really big list of values. You can go through that list and choose all of the values that jump out at you. Then go through that curated list and choose the ones that resonate the most with you. Those are your core values. When you go through your next surface, drawer or closet, think of how those those items either support or detract from your values that are listed.
Better yet, keep the list in someplace visible and refer to it often.