by Leo Babauta
One of the hardest things about becoming minimalist, for most people, is letting go of possessions.
It’s tough, I won’t lie.
Letting go can be an amazing release, and when you do, you’ll feel liberated and light. But allowing yourself to let go is an emotional thing, and as with anything emotional, it’s not always simple.
There are a few emotional reasons we have a tough time letting go of possessions. A little while ago, I read an excellent series on learning_to_let go_of_clothes from The Very Small Closet, and several reasons were given for this difficulty:
As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into this bond with our possessions.
You might also notice that the first two are associated with the past, the second two are associated with the future, and only the last deals with the present.
There are two ways we can beat those fears, so that we are free to let go of possessions:
And fears of an uncertain future can also be banished if we focus on the present. The future hasn’t arrived yet — the present has. We have no idea what the future will bring, so worrying about it is a waste of time. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Instead, focus on living now, in the present.
And when you do that, you realize you don’t need any of these possessions. All you need is to make the most of this moment, right now.
So focus on the present, and let the past and future fade away. Focus on quality over quantity. And in doing so, banish our emotional ties to possessions, so that we can let them go.
It’s not as easy as it sounds, I know. But it can be done, and when you do it, you’ll feel amazing.