Whenever anyone picks up my bag they ask me “What do you have in here – bricks?!”.
I’ve always dreamed of having a light bag. Haven’t you?
Hi! I’m on a mission to simplify my life.
I started decluttering four years ago and haven’t stopped since: each year I let go of more and more possessions.
My goal is to be able to transport all of my possessions single-handedly, as the Japanese advise. I believe this will give me more freedom, flexibility and space – both in my home and in my mind.
Letting go of unnecessary possessions is the first step to simplifying life, however our habits, activities, mental patterns etc. are the biggest things to change if we want to live simply and easily.
Follow me on my journey to a simpler life!
I move from London to the South of France for one year of studies. I live in a small room with a bed, a desk and a chest of drawers. I have taken only a few possessions with me.
I read the French book L’Art de l’Essentiel by Dominique Loreau (unfortunately not translated into English), which describes the beauty of living with less. I am greatly inspired.
I am back in London and live in my small family apartment in central London. I have so many clothes that the drawers break and I can barely force them shut. I decide to sort everything out and end up getting rid of 70% of my clothes.
It feels so good that in the following months I sort out everything else: books, notebooks, gadgets.
Bags of unwanted possessions cover the whole bedroom floor. It takes us several car trips to take everything to a charity shop.
I feel light and free.
I move to the South of France indefinitely. I move with one suitcase and live with only these possessions for several months.
However, every time I return to London, I bring a suitcase full of things to my new French home.
I have no more possessions left in London, apart from a box of diaries and childhood memories. But now my French home contains more than I need. I sort out my possessions regularly, making frequent trips to charity shops to get rid of my things.
My hoarding weakness: books, magazines and papers.
Next month, I am moving out of my house. I want the move to go as easily as possible, and I also want my next home to contain only the essentials for living. So I am reducing my possessions to as little as possible. I am currently living in a 75 m2 flat. I want to move out with two suitcases and three boxes. Mission optimistic?
I have moved into my new flat and have ended up with thirty, and not three, boxes of possessions. But I realise that to reduce any more would actually not be possible given my current lifestyle. I am comfortable and happy with my living space.
I realise that simplicity lies not only in possessions but in activities, too. I have decided to simplify my life by putting some of my projects on hold. With many changes happening in work, living situation and relationships, it is wisest for me to look after my health and well-being by making some time space in my life. For this reason I am putting My Light Bag on hold for an indefinite period of time. To find out more, read here.