Am I the only one who feels like I am drowning in “stuff”?
I can remember years ago, Bryan and I shared a tiny apartment. I seriously could clean the entire apartment, top to bottom, in just a few hours. Everything had a home. There was nothing crammed or piled anywhere. Seriously? We had a home without “piles”!
But now all of our stuff keeps us from enjoying what we do have and what is most important to us….our family.
I see other families plan fun days on Saturday and all I can think about it more time at home to clean, wash dishes, do laundry, “catch up”.
I don’t want to live a life like this. I want to sit down and play a board game with my kids.
I want to hop in the car and head to the park when the mood strikes us.
I want to invite friends over for lunch on a whim.
So I’ve begun to ask myself questions.
- Why do we need 30 t-shirts when in theory, we can only wear one a day?
- Why do we need an excessive amount of towels, when each person really only needs one?
- Why do we hang onto things that don’t bring us joy?
- Why do I have ALL of these kitchen gadgets that I might use once every few months when a simple kitchen knife will most likely suffice?
- Why do we have closets full of clothes, yet wear the same favorite pieces over and over?
- Why do my kids have toys coming out of their ears, drag it ALL out, make a huge mess but really only PLAY with a few select things?
- Who else could benefit and be blessed by our excess?
I am on a journey to find these answers.
I’ve been reading. I’ve been watching documentaries and videos. I have been looking at everything in our house with a critical eye. Nothing is safe.
I’ve made small changes over the last few years but not nearly enough changes. I have cut down our wardrobes to a more manageable number of items.
I’ve bought less.
But I’m ready to get serious.
I am ready to give everything a home. If it doesn’t have a home, it is obviously not that important to me and needs to go.
Now, I need to get busy. I wish I had a couple of days with everyone out of our house but me except we all know that is the stuff of cleaning fairy tales. Now I need to figure out how to carve out a little bit of time each day to make some progress.
When you see me, ask me how it’s going. I need some accountability. I think Bryan might be afraid….his book collection is sacred to him. I’m determined to affect change in every area I can and to see where that might lead him. Who knows? Maybe he will become a minimalist!
Are you dreaming of a life on minimalism too?
WHERE I STARTED…….
This documentary on Minimalism is a must see! CLICK HERE! Available on Netflix.
I started my very own Pinterest board on Minimalism..full of resources I want to read and look into. CLICK HERE to check it out!
Becoming Minimalist website
Marie Kondo’s book…CLICK HERE!