I’ve shared a few simple living posts in the past, but I haven’t discussed the topic in more depth. My journey towards a minimalist lifestyle started a few years ago when I realized that I was constantly shuffling things around our home. It was never-ending and it brought us no value. I started googling de-cluttering methods and stumbled upon articles that discussed minimalism. I was intrigued.
Now before I go further, I want to clarify a huge misconception about the minimalist lifestyle. First of all, it doesn’t mean you own practically nothing and must live in a tiny house. Living a minimalist lifestyle means that you keep the essentials and get rid of the rest. You also do this in other areas of your life; your time, your career and finances. You’re basically getting rid of the excess and making room for the things you truly enjoy.
A few years ago when I found myself constantly trying to make room for things, I knew it was time to do something drastic. Now, my goal wasn’t to become a minimalist. I simply wanted to de-clutter and have more space in our home, so I purged ruthlessly. I sold, donated and tossed things out without thinking twice. Even things that were used once or twice went out the door. I figured I could always borrow the item from family if I needed it again. My kids had a harder time, but they also reluctantly went through their toys and narrowed it down to their favorites. The freedom that the first purge started, was the spark that carried me through my journey towards a simpler lifestyle over the years.
As time went by, I realized that this was a lifestyle that I was starting to embrace. In fact, when I found myself seriously considering a tiny home, I knew I was getting more serious about it. 🙂 The next thing we scaled back on was our finances. I wanted our hard earned money to go towards our necessities and the things we enjoyed. This is when we eliminated a rarely used gym membership along with other unnecessary expenses. My husband sold his motorcycle and the biggest one to date: we moved out of our single home.
Initially, when we moved we wanted to be closer to my husband’s business and cut back on his commute. We searched for a home similar to ours at that time, but couldn’t find anything in the area. That’s when we started to look at townhomes and found one that was perfect for our family. We made the leapt and I can truly say we have no regrets. A series of events had also occurred at our old place that confirmed that we made the right decision. We know this won’t be our forever home since we plan to move further south when the oldest graduates. My hope is that we can move to an even smaller home when that time comes.
Today, I continue to simplify our home and get rid of things that we don’t need. Although we live in a smaller home, the space appears bigger because we own less stuff. My goal is no longer to please others by making my home a “show home”, but instead make it a space that my family can enjoy.
This way of living has also crossed over into the things we do. We are a lot pickier with how we spend our time and who we spend it with. Being intentional with our resources has allowed us to save money since we try not to spend it on things that we don’t need. We save time since we don’t have to clean around a bunch of stuff. We are less stressed and we can enjoy life without the aid of things. I wouldn’t consider myself a true minimalist, I love a pricey cup of coffee once in a while and we love to travel whenever possible. However, I’m definitely embracing my journey towards the lifestyle and its benefits. It has allowed me to focus on my family and my love for writing instead of spending my time shuffling things around. At the end of the day I know that the things I have on this Earth will not go with me when it’s my time to depart. I want to live life with intention and enjoy God’s gifts without any distractions.
Have you heard of minimalism? What are your thoughts on it? I would love to hear from you!