Why did I choose to pursue minimalism?

Where do I start?

Was it the never-ending house chores?

Was it the constant frustration of having toys scattered on the floor?

Was it the over-flowing closet that made me feel nauseous?

Yes, yes, and yes!  Those are definitely part of the reasons.

Perhaps the initial thought of minimalism started to flow into my mind when I realized that I was spending so much time doing things, and I feel like these “things” are holding me back from spending time with my two young daughters and husband.

I did NOT like that. My daughters were 4 and 1.5 year old, and they were in a very crucial developmental stages where they really needed my constant care and attention. It was also important for me to be able to witness and be part of their childhood. I have decided that I need to do something about it.

I started to research on mothers’ time management skills and home organization tips on the internet. Found quite some helpful articles while browsing on Pinterest. Then, I started to follow people on instagram and facebook who share related content as well.

Being bilingual in English and Chinese, it’s a natural thing to also research related content in Chinese. And I stumbled upon a Chinese translated Japanese book called, 沒有時間才更要學的理家術 (The must-learn home management skills especially when you are running out of time) by 尾崎友吏子 (Yuriko Osaki). 

yuriko osaki book

I was immediately attracted to the book just by reading the cover.

It states,

“A working mother of three’s method to make housework and house budgeting simple.”  

“Help your busy self to create a simple and easy life without being chased after by housework!” 

It was totally what I needed, and I could not stop reading the book once I got it on hand. Indeed, it is very well written. (unfortunately, I haven’t found an English translated version of this book! ) The book turned out not writing about time management or home organization but it was an introduction of minimalism.

The entire book covered the steps and tips to minimalism for every rooms in the house, and then it moves on to meals, lifestyle, budgeting, etc. It was extremely helpful and minimalism was just very attractive and ideal to me at that time, being a semi-hoarder who suffers from dissatisfaction of my life and who even feels sick seeing the clutters I have accumulated in every corner of my home.

I have started to become very interested in the topic of minimalism ever since.

And that’s how I have started my journey to minimalism.

Stay tuned to find out about more about how did I get started!







Let the journey begin…

The purpose of this blog is to record my personal journey from semi-hoarding to minimalism but you are welcome to watch my progress and help me pursue minimalism. Hopefully, my journey will inspire yours to commence.

So your next question would probably be,

what is semi-hoarding?

I considered myself as a semi-hoarder at the beginning of this journey because when you think of a hoarder, typically you would think of a person who is over-obsessively collecting things. They collect everything, every damn thing. They stuff their living space with newspapers, cardboards, tin cans, bottles, old furnitures, old broken electronics, sentimental photo albums, name cards, brochures, flyers etc. You name it, they have it.  I am NOT like that. Absolutely NOT. I don’t collect things just for the sake of collecting.

When I say that I am a semi-hoarder, I really mean that I find it hard to let things go. I like to purchase interesting items and tend to forget about it after awhile. They will end up get hidden in my drawers or closets being untouched. And, I find it hard to let the “just-in-case” items go because I am trying to avoid having to repurchase the same item again in the future when I do really need it. It is pretty unnecessary to repurchase things that you would probably use again when you think of it – well, that is probably the mentality most semi-hoarders have.

I did not realize I was actually a semi-hoarder until I started to feel sick – literally nauseous when I saw my overflowing closet, and the fact that my husband pointed it out for a few times.

Don’t you dare to call me a hoarder!” – that’s my first respond to my husband… inside my head.

I was quite offended by it because hoarders are normally people who we see on TV shows, reality show, or even on the news occasionally with their house filled with rubbish and stuff that they don’t need and leaving no room for normal daily activities (i.e. dining on a sturdy flat table, free space between bed and the bedroom door, a couch or chair to sit and relax – you get the picture) You could literally feel suffocated and the filthiness.

But as I was going through my belonging and stuff that I had on this journey to minimalism, I agreed with my husband. I was almost like a hoarder – not extreme to the extend that we see on TV but enough to categorize myself as a semi-hoarder.

The upcoming blog post will reveal the reason why I chose minimalism.