Having grown up in Scandinavia as a Millennial, there was rarely any shortage of money or stuff being bought. However, being from a small town, both of my parents grew up quite frugal on the country side. They did not have an abundance of things, and nice steaks and meat every day was out of the question. A trip somewhere had to be saved up for an entire year and a new TV was something you bought when the old one broke, if you had the money that is.
So when I was a kid, my parents got better jobs, they started earning good money and buying stuff, but they kept their old ways in some aspects. Throwing away stuff that works and look nice is still hard for them, even though they never ever use it. I assume this is a relic of their childhood, never wanting to waste anything. Even if it is a shirt they haven’t used in 10 years and doesn’t fit anymore. After travelling and living abroad for a while I returned and just felt weighed down by all the stuff in the house, all the clothes I owned and the lack of space. It makes me feel anxious. I also hate cleaning, and having a lot of stuff makes cleaning even harder.
Since trying to minimize my life, I feel a lot lighter. Life feels a bit easier. With less clothing, the mornings are easier because I don’t have to dig through the closet. Cleaning can be done in 15 minutes (I live reeeeally small) and I can actually fit my stuff in my room.
A sustainable life to me is not only about the material things. A sustainable life is about maintaining mental and physical health, financial stability and just a general wellbeing and experiences. So that is what I am working on now. To live my best life, a life that is durable and doable for both me and the planet. Humans are not sustainable for the planet, so we need to be the most sustainable we can. At least we need to make an effort to.