Did you know minimalism is about more than what you own? 

Some of my close friends know that last year I fell in love with minimalism. Seriously! I love it. It’s almost funny to me that this is the first time I’m blogging about it but minimalism is a journey. I’m nowhere near close to the end of my journey and I’m not sure that I ever will be.

My husband and I both grew up in what would be considered working-class families. We both really have a sense of attachment to our belongings. Just like our parents we work hard to provide for our family. Building our empire of unnecessary stuff one by one. Going from a small duplex to a rather large house. Wanting it to feel cozy and full. Realizing that it’s not that hard to fill a house. Then realizing you don’t need it all. Insert stumbling upon minimalism. 

There happened to be a documentary on minimalism on Netflix sometime last year and upon watching it instantly I was hooked! Everything these guys were putting out I was picking up and it all made sense. Less is more! I’m going to take the time now to reference the documentary I watched as well as some of the minimalist that really inspire me.

Minimalism film
Joshua Becker
Leo Babauta

So the journey began in the kitchen, A room I spend most of my time in. A room that is incredibly difficult to keep clean. We went through every drawer and every cabinet and got rid of everything we hadn’t used recently. I cappuccino maker, a bunch of pots, all the incomplete storage containers, and a whole lot more! We started fresh and re-organize the drawers in ways we thought would be more suiting. This project took an entire weekend and two trips to the dollar store! It was so liberating getting rid of things that we didn’t need. Between getting rid of things and organizing the kitchen it was easier to prepare meals and took less time to find things and put things away. Minimizing our kitchen created more space, time, and happiness. But until we had completed it I had no idea how much time I was wasting thrifiling through drawers and cabinets! And that lit a fire in me and I couldn’t wait to do other rooms of the house! 

Shorlty after the kitchen I found project 333. You can look it up on YouTube but basically it’s 33 items of clothing for three months. You do not count undergarments or workout clothes but shoes and jewelry count. This was a great way for me segregate some clothes and actually get a feel for how much clothing that was sitting in my closet that I didn’t need.  

We recently went through our basement! After getting rid of tons and tons of things we didn’t need we created a really nice workout area and the laundry area is amazing to use. Now when I go into the basement I am happy instead of stressed out. 

I really feel like after a while minimalism spread to other areas of my life. I begin to focus and be able to prioritize activities. I became aware of how much time I was spending on my phone. I started looking at my relationships and really putting a value on them. And just overall making a conscious effort to be happy and to see joy in everyday life. 

Minimalism is what you make it. There is no right or wrong way to be a minimalist. Just like anything else there’s a wide range. And there is so much content on the wide web that if you look hard enough you can find a method that works for you.  There’s always the option to get creative and pave your own way! 

Well, that’s all on minimalism for today. I hope that I maybe peeked your interest and you check out the links I’ve provided. My next blog post about minimalism will include some strategies. Stay tuned! 

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