The Ascetic Ideal

Asceticism
A lifestyle characterised by abstinence from various worldly pleasures
(Often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals)

The idea of asceticism has begun to resonate in our secular consumeristic society.
Self-initiated challenges are emerging with the aim of decluttering our lives.

Challenges

1> Project 333
Choose to live with 33 apparel items for 3 months
Experiments in living with less

2> The Compact
Do not buy anything new in a year

3> 30 day declutter challenge
On a calendar, write down 1 area in the house you wish to tidy up daily.

4> 2010 in 2010
Getting rid of 2010 items in year 2010, 2010/365 = 5.5 items per day.

5> 40 bags 40 days
In 40 days, get rid of 40 bags of stuff

6> 100 Things Challenge (Dave Bruno)
Owning 100 personal items only.

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Expanding on the 100 Things Challenge (#100TC), I began to wonder about:

Questions:

‘100 things’ is a quantitative guide. What is the real meaning behind ‘having enough’?
What is the motivation behind decluttering? Good for the person? Good for the environment?
What makes a thing worthy to keep? What makes a thing unworthy enough to throw?
Is sentimental value rational or emotional?
What happens to our lives (attitudes, goals, lifestyle, principles …) after decluttering?
What happens to the things after decluttering?
Is digital the solution to decluttering? Or is it hiding?

Insights

The purpose of decluttering is not to commit to living with a certain number of things, but to discover more benefits of living with less.

Our lives are not designed to be empty of all things, but to be filled with the right things.

The idea behind decluttering is not a life of deprivation, but a life of deliverance.

Making your efforts public, sharing it with a community is instrumental in the sustenance of  this lifestyle.

The giving up of things would mean giving up of activities as well.
(e.g. giving up a guitar)

Decluttering makes us realise:
-what is necessary
-what do i love
-what don’t i need.

Inner aspirations makes us acquire things.
(e.g. having a piano at home doesn’t make us a pianist)

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