Paring down and living a more minimalist life sounds amazing in theory, but when you’re a “stuff” person—someone who owns a lot of things and tends to form emotional attachments to them—it can be a serious challenge to downsize. Even getting rid of stuff you never use and really don’t need to keep can be a struggle—sometimes you have an attachment because it was a gift or has sentimental meaning, or sometimes you just have guilt because it’s something you spent money on and you feel wasteful not holding on to it. In any case, letting go is difficult, even when you actively want to pare down.
There are plenty of tricks and tips you can use (like the 10/10 Rule, or even the 90/90 Rule) to help you make those major decluttering decisions a little less painful, but this isn’t about solving the problem—it’s about commiserating with strangers on the internet who share your same sentiments about minimalism and why it’s so damn difficult.
If you’re an aspiring (or currently struggling) minimalist but deep down you’re a maximalist at heart, good news: you’re not alone, and these tweets prove it.
How can you be expected to pare down when you need everything?
trying to downsize but I’m definitely the type that finds something I haven’t used in 3 yrs and is like “I’ll totally need this one day!”
— rhiannon (@rhisus_christ) August 22, 2017
Yes, that includes your entire Care Bear collection.
I’ve always liked the idea of minimalism but I love my collection of Care Bears too much
— Asuna (@itsmefaka) May 31, 2017
And all your old schoolwork, too. It might come in handy!
i want to be a minimalist but i also NEED those tests from grade 6 in case i need to study something
— abe (@AbeaferPitts) August 24, 2017
Can you be a minimalist with a maximalist wardrobe?
today i was cleaning my room and i thought “maybe i should try minimalism!” but then i remembered that i change my outfit three times a day
— lucy (@punypizza) April 16, 2017
Because sometimes you need a pair for every mood.
Minimalism is a nice concept but sorry I need 7 striped tshirts and 10 different pairs of white sneakers
— gal fieri (@gaylekatzenback) August 26, 2017
And when you love something, you buy it in every color.
I want to be a minimalist but I also need it in every color and shade.
— Damilola Ilesanmi (@Damination_) August 18, 2017
Trying to become a minimalist seems to set you up for failure.
I found a book I want to buy on minimalism but have I fallen at the first hurdle if I own it?
— Rob Wong (@RadioWong) April 19, 2017
It’s more than just decluttering, it’s a lifestyle.
me: lays in bed and does nothing all day
— david carlos (@ohimjustakid) August 27, 2017
Minimalism: The eternal struggle for stuff people everywhere.
I love the idea of minimalism but I also love the idea of stuff
— DeadlyNightshadeⓋ (@231Tally) August 5, 2017
If you do want help downsizing, take it from people who have actually downsized—these New Yorkers really know what they’re talking about.