The past few years have been that of change for me.
Change comes generally in two forms.
1. change as a short term resolution; and
2. change as an fundamental adjustment of habits, values and beliefs.
Consider your goals in life, what makes you happy, where you would like to be in 1, 5 or even 10 years. Now consider what you might do to realise this.
Minimalism has been a beacon for change in my life, and one that squarely falls in the 2 category, and I know this because it didn't always.
Every time I read about minimalism I agreed in the principle. In fact, I believe I was always a minimalist at heart (I hate clutter, carry and travel with the bare minimum, find throwing stuff out easy). However, I could rummage through my stuff, clearing out the excess, the old, the broken, and declare a job well done. Move on.
I would then likely head to the shops to replace the removed. Out with the old, in with the new.
It wasn't until recently, after reading more on this subject, and others, that I began to have a shift in the way I thought about stuff. I found myself considering each and every purchase or accumulation of possessions with razor sharp intention.
I don't need this.
I don't need to spend my time cleaning, and sorting, and repairing, and considering, and selecting, and moving, and buying, and worrying about this shit.
Clear your life to clear your mind. Allow thoughts of value to enter and head. Consider the meaningful things. Make choices that matter to you. Choices that add value and meaning to your life.
Don't get me wrong. Is doesn't need to be a deep, philosophical thing. Nor a renaissance of the soul. Just a refreshing new perspective on the thousands (likely tens or hundreds of thousands) of items you own, and think you need.
Let it go.
Make room for the person you want to be, allow the person you think you are to emerge - unencumbered by physical and mental clutter that comes from all that stuff.