I would like to say its best if you figure out what minimalism means to you before you start to purge as this could lead to impulse purging, which could lead to you having to repurchase items that you had used for. Personally I hope my minimalist journey will eventually lead to frugality, so you can imagine repurchasing items is low on my list of things to do.
I don’t think you will completely master minimalism at the beginning, my guess is it will evolve in your mind as you go along. But I hope you see what I mean by having a basic direction before you start purging.
From what I have heard some get into it for various reas
I think for a lot of people becoming a minimalist is about gaining control. We are in a complex time where having security is a luxury for the few, so as a reaction to that people maybe are trying to find a way to control their lives. While I will say this is not entirely bad, I must say its can be a bad thing.
Think about it, if your main goal is to gain control, what happens if you don't get it? I think this could lead to greater amounts of anxiety and even maybe lead to people abandoning minimalism all together.
I think of a principle that the bible often talks about which is surrender. Its one of those things which i think is right at the center of minimalism, the idea that things don't matter, circumstances and situations don't matter. It doesn't mean you don't care it just means your able to experience a new freedom that control cant allow you to have. A lack of fear of the unknown, I mean isn't control all about planning for what might happen. Its based on fear more often than not and this is one of those things i hope to let go of. Fear is unnecessary I hope to purge myself of it on my journey.