How Minimalism Helps me Live in Hawaii and Travel the World

 photo credit: @marissahawaii

photo credit: @marissahawaii

Hey there beautiful people! Marissa from @marissahawaii on IG has updated the blog with a beautiful post about minimalism. I admire her dedication to experiencing all that life has to offer, and think you all will love her words!

Be sure to follow her account and @modernmerfolk to see updates from her life and travels in some of the most gorgeous places in around the world! Enjoy :)

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

I live in Hawaii 6-8 months out of the year, and spend the rest of the year traveling the globe. Everything I own fits in 3 boxes.

“I’d rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.” 

I cannot tell you how many times being a minimalist and releasing my attachment to material objects has helped me out. Physically, emotionally and financially. I’ve had my laptop, phone, and wallet stolen, car broken into, and most recently, had a good amount of my belongings destroyed in a flood. A few years ago, losing these items would have been devastating to me because “Are you serious? I spent so much money on all of these clothes!”

Yes, it is an inconvenience, and I’m not going to lie and say that I’ll ever be stoked about getting my stuff lost or stolen, but because I no longer hold any attachment to any of my material belongings, I don’t feel as though this loss is a bad thing. It’s a way for me to take a step back and realize that I don’t need these things in my life.

I have everything I could ever need.

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

Tips for minimizing your belongings:

  • Put every item you own into boxes. A clothes box, shoes box, kitchen box, bathroom box, miscellaneous box. Throughout the next 60 days, every time you need an item from the box, take it out. At the end of the 60 days, anything that is still left in the boxes you must give away. If you haven’t needed or even thought about these items enough to take them out of the box in two whole months, you do not need these items in your life. 

  • If you aren’t ready to pack up your entire house ;) Start with your clothes! Sort all of your clothes into three boxes.

    • Box 1: Clothes you love and can’t get rid of.

    • Box 2: Clothes to donate or give away.

    • Box 3: Clothes you don’t absolutely NEED, but are having a hard time getting rid of.

      • When you’re done with this activity, chances are you’ll already feel less attached to the clothes in Box 3 and add them to the donate pile. 

  • This one is fun! Write down a few things you’d love to do, but don’t have the money for. A few examples would be: Travel to Greece, treat your family to dinner at your favorite fancy restaurant, rent a van and road trip with a friend, get a massage, etc. Determine how much money you would need to accomplish this goal, and make it happen by selling enough of your stuff to get the money. When I was 17, I wanted to move to Hawaii. I didn’t have a dollar to my name, so I sold a bunch of my clothes and old American Girl dolls that had been collecting dust in my parent’s storage room for years. I earned about $1,500 which was just enough for a plane ticket and first months rent! 

 @marissahawaii

@marissahawaii

The number one question I’ve been asked throughout the years of minimizing my life and belongings is “Do you ever accidentally sell or get rid of an item and later regret it?” My honest answer is no. Never once have I even ever thought about an item after getting rid of it. To me, getting rid of an item means more money in my pocket to spend on adventures, and less stuff to lug around when I pack up and move, which I tend to do at least a couple times per year.

marissa hawaii the sunday life

I am a traveller. An adventurer. A mover. A do-er. I live a simple life, a slow life, and for the most part, a stress free life. Therefore, I am a minimalist.

All you need is less!