i feel that in my heart, i’ve always been a minimalist. images and stories of simple spaces and lives have resonated deeply within me, and struck a chord of “that makes so much sense!” over the past five years, i’ve gotten married, started a family, bought a home, and sadly amid all the chaos, life has gotten very cluttered and out of control. it seems all areas of our life–physical, mental, financial–have just been muddled with bad decisions and messiness.
the emergence of so many blogs about minimalism and simple living have encouraged me to come full circle. i’ve slowly started purging our home of all the unnecessary items that were just sapping us of our time and energy. i’ve implemented an almost paperless filing system, simplified and started tracking our finances to help up eradicate our debt, and gotten rid of countless household clutter.
it feels great. but also, overwhelming at times. i know it doesn’t happen overnight…minimalism is a process, not a finish line. it helps to find encouragement online and in books. i’ve found also that minimalism with two small children is challenging, but so rewarding when things are let go, and they don’t even miss them. i’ve found the biggest obstacle is family that can’t understand how i can “possibly get rid of one more thing”. thankfully, my husband, although unsure at first, now sees the benefit of letting go of those things that aren’t important in our lives.
i’ve started keeping a simple blog about our minimalist steps and have found that just journaling about our changes and passion is encouraging. minimalism is here to stay for us! it forces us to be mindful, and allows us to relax and appreciate the beauty in the simple things.
aggie, thanks for encouraging us. and keep at it – you won’t regret the effort.
if you have a story of becoming minimalist you would like to share with us (whether you’ve been living simple for years or just starting out), we would love to read it and share it with others.