Saturday, March 12, 2016

Death and Minimalism

Oh, you guys. I'm so heartbroken. My dad died this morning in hospice care. I thought about taking some time off from writing here, but I have a few things to talk about, so I guess I will. I'll be out of town again later this week, but I'll write whenever I have the energy to do it. 

These are some things I've been thinking about that relate to minimalism, decluttering, and capsule wardrobes:

1. My dad turned into a minimalist at the end of his life. His health had not been good for a while. He didn't want to leave a ton of stuff for us to deal with, so he kept decluttering, giving things away to me and my sister, and throwing away the stuff he didn't need anymore. He was a huge collector of stuff, so it is amazing that he let go of so much of it instead of saving it all. 

2. Having a simpler closet is a huge help to me during tough times. I know that the clothes in my capsule wardrobe fit me comfortably. When I was packing to go to my parents' town, I just threw in whatever would go together (and most of it goes together with everything else). I didn't have to try on anything or wonder if it would look right. Simple. Comforting. Wearing my favorite clothes feels safe, familiar, and like I'm still holding on to myself and my identity in the face of the unknown.

3. When I was staying at my parents' house, I mostly ate a really simple diet and it was awesome. I did not have any energy for or interest in cooking. At home, I tend to buy a lot of different fruits and vegetables and try to have variety in my diet, but I don't always eat them all, even when I have more energy for cooking. I don't always feel like prepping produce. I think I'm going to try to simplify my eating to a new level. For a few days in a row, I can eat exactly the same things without minding. So can my kids. My husband doesn't love leftovers and will probably think it's weird to eat the same dinner for more than one or two nights. But that's not really my problem! He can eat what I make or he can make something for himself, right? We can try it out and see how it goes.

All right. I'll do my best to come back and talk about spring clothes before too long. It's hard to imagine it now, but someday I won't feel 100% crushed anymore, and I'll want to make new outfits.

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