For me, minimizing isn’t limited to the clutter (or lack of) in my house. I have also been focused on improving myself as a person. Minimizing negative thoughts, words, and actions by maximizing love. I am not perfect, far from it, but I have made great strides over the past few years. Continue reading
As I sit at the dining room table, sipping coffee and soaking in the first quiet, alone moment I have had in over a week, I am reflecting on the gift of life. Continue reading
For people who know me, it is no surprise that autumn is my favorite! I love everything about it: the crispness if the air, overcast days, beautiful leaves, outdoor activities, pumpkin patches, warm beverages, and the list goes on. Continue reading
Last week, while my family soaked in the last few moments of vacation, my daughter happily played in a tide pool. I knew there were even better ones to explore a little ways down the beach, but as much as my parents and I tried, Penelope refused to leave, even with the promise of a bigger or better one to play in. Instead, she focused on enjoying what she currently had. Her little tide pool oasis, perfect for splashing and “swimming”. Continue reading
Today (7/20), I am celebrating my 29th Birthday, and have been reflecting on my life thus far. First off, when did I get so “old”?!? It is surreal to think of myself as pushing 30. In reality, age is merely a number and I am truly enjoying this life I have been given. Between being loved by my amazing husband, watching my daughter grow into the smartest, sweetest girl I know, and being surrounded by the best group of friends I could ever hope for, my life is rich beyond measure. Continue reading
What is your passion? Each of us has a responsibility to live a life of purpose, in accordance to our talents and strengths. This week I have been studying the book of Esther, and in doing so, I noticed that Esther had some character traits that are not typically viewed as the makings of a heroine. She obeyed authority, was respectful, humble, conscious, meek, submissive, and timid. In conjunction with those, she was courageous; willing to give up everything-even her life, in order to fulfill her destiny. Continue reading
Enjoying a life of minimalism had an unexpected consequence. It made me a better mother. This wasn’t a change that happened overnight, but more gradually. My husband and I started minimizing mid 2015, and in the span of about seven months, our decluttering attempts completely transformed our home, mindset, and actions. Continue reading
After the mass kitchen purge and the complete master bedroom makeover (You can read about those here and here, respectively), the next room we tackled was the living room. Tim and I started by mounting out TV on the wall, making it possible to sell the TV stand. A few other large pieces of furniture were moved out of the space and decorative “fillers” that neither of us liked were donated. These simple changes immediately made the room feel lighter; however, we weren’t finished just yet.
Majority of the bookcase space was taken up with media, so Tim copied our favorite DVD’s onto an external hard drive. The actual disks were donated, with two shelves being emptied in the process. At this point we were one more step closer to enjoying a clutter free family space!
The final step in creating our ideal family space, was to rearrange the remaining furniture, and display the few decorative items we agreed to keep. While our living room is far from sparse, it is now purposefully minimal! A wonderful place to spend time together playing, reading, relaxing, or having the occasional movie night.
How do you feel in your living space? Cramped, overwhelmed, and stressed? Feeling the constant urge to clean or organize? If so, maybe you can benefit from decluttering down to only the things you use and love!
Last week, my family and I took a trip to Nebraska to visit Tim’s parents. As I started to plan what to pack, I kept in mind that we would be flying, and knew that we didn’t need to be lugging tons of bags through an airport with a toddler and a car seat. So we kept things light.
Prior to this little excursion, the amount of stuff that got packed for trips was equivalent to the spare space in the car. If it fit, we brought it along. So many times I over packed “just in case” items only to never use them. What a waste! Waste of space, waste of time to pack and unpack, and a burden to carry around. Until discovering minimalism, it never crossed my mind that there was another way. If you search online for a packing checklist, full-page charts detailing hundreds of items bombard the screen. With materialism being so prevalent, it really is no wonder why over packing happens.
Packing too much? Not this time! I made it my goal to only bring contents that fit into one carry-on rolling suitcase and a back pack. This was for three people, two adults and a toddler! In the end we did it (with a little room to spare), and still ended up packing one outfit too many per person and slightly overestimating how many quiet activities we needed for Penelope. In traveling so lightly, I realized how little a person actually needs to comfortably travel (or live contentedly, for that matter). We had everything we needed for four days in those two small bags.
Now that we have done it once, there is no going back. Minimal packing is the only way I want to travel! I practice minimalism in my daily life at home, why not from afar as well! For me, it is all about less stuff, and more adventure!