What is Minimalism, Anyway?

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Imagine white barren walls in a room decorated  with sparse, cold furniture and clean lines.  Is this how you envision minimalism? It’s what I thought before becoming one myself, but in reality, minimalism covers a much broader spectrum.

The idea behind the minimalist movement is not about having hard rules about how many things you should own, how big (or small) your house or car should be, or that your house is only decorated monochromatically. It is very much about living with intentionality and purpose. To own things without allowing things to own you. To be content with what you have and realizing that more does not equal happiness. Does what you own serve a purpose, do you use it? does it bring you joy? These are the questions you should be asking to decide whether or not an item is allowed in your home.

Throughout the process of decluttering our house, Tim and I had several conversations about our goals and what we wanted our home to be. Four years of marriage and a baby had left us feeling overwhelmed with all the “stuff” that had found its way into our rooms, closets, drawers, and cabinets. So when he agreed to join me in our own minimalist movement, we decided to only keep what we use or love. it was that simple. Those two questions got us through every room in the house. Actually, If I am being completely honest, we did four or five sweeps of each room of the house and let go of more and more with each pass. Now our home is clean, and only contains what we need and want. We are happy with where we are now, but are far from finished! I firmly believe that living a minimalist lifestyle is fluid and ever changing-a lifelong process of pursuing less. As for us, we have decided to live a purposefully minimal life!

 

-Heather

Less is More

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We live in a society of MORE. More success, more possessions, more on the calendar.. I’ve noticed that people tend to have this perpetual need to glorify busy, and no matter what they own, never feel a sense of contentment. While this isn’t necessarily bad, you have to ask yourself, is the sacrifice of time, space, and money worth it?

One of my favorite minimalist quotes is : “Minimalism is not about having less, it’s about making room for what matters”.

For my little family, minimalism means freedom, but it didn’t just happen overnight. About a year ago I stumbled upon a minimalist group on facebook and I was intrigued. The more I read, studied, and learned about minimalist lifestyles, the more I wanted in. I slowly started donating and selling some of my things and by the end of 2015, I had decluttered 2015 items (my goal!). At this point my husband, Tim, took notice of how the house was looking tidier and jumped on board. In the month of January (2016) alone, we sold, trashed, and donated over 4,000 items, and at least another 1,000 by the end of March 2016. Our home is becoming a sanctuary instead of a storage unit and we couldn’t be happier!  We are far from finished, but each day we are closer to our ultimate goal of owning a sustainable micro farm, all while living simply and purposefully. 

No matter your ultimate goal, or where you are in the decluttering process, welcome! I hope that my little corner of the blog world offers some encouragement for you!

-Heather