“Have less. Do more.”
I have always been fascinated by people who have very little, but are so incredibly happy. Why do we have this need to fill our lives with crap. I ask myself this all time. I have found there is a significant difference between the stuff I WANT to keep vs. the stuff I NEED to keep. I have come to find there is very little that we actually need, but a lot of stuff that I want to keep for one reason or the other.
To help me on this journey, I read the documentary The Minimalists. If you haven't read it you must! It made a huge impression on me and my first thought was to get rid of it all. Screw the WANT vs. NEED test I was using as I was cleaning out our house. I started throwing things out like a crazy woman. I started researching tiny houses and where can you park one. I started watching DIYs on building tiny houses, even though it takes my husband hours to put together some of the most simple kids toys. My life revolved around becoming this person that I wanted to be so badly.
As exciting as all of this was, I had to be reminded by my husband that we don’t really live as lavishly as I was imagining. We live in a tiny shoebox of a house in a small town. We have two cars, one that is paid off. We have two credit cards, that we pay off every month. We hardly eat out and spend more time meal prepping to stay healthy and set a good example for our kids. And most of all we are happy with where we are in life.
And the truth is, as much as I want to be that person, I don’t think I am. I like to have things to organize. What would I do if I no longer had those things? My husband has many sacred possessions which he would not be willing to part with. And my kids! They love their toys and books. So I took a step back and asked myself, what does minimalism mean to me?
I then checked out a few popular books on minimalism and began deciding where I wanted this journey to take me.
It doesn't necessarily mean the same for everyone. For me it’s simplifying my life, my family’s life and most importantly spending less. I think that is the big one - SPENDING less. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve raced into Target and walk out with an arm load, or raced into the market and walked out with so many things that we didn’t need.
These are the three areas I have focused on during my minimalist journey
- Spend less
- Give more
- Use everything
Today marks the start of becoming a minimalist or what I like to consider the first step, a “Simplified Mom.” I am excited to start this adventure with you! Be sure to check in for my next becoming a minimalist chapter.
Books I have enjoyed on becoming a minimalist: