Am I becoming a minimalist?
My minimalist friend
I remember meeting a true minimalist when I was a child. Their home was stark, empty and I didn’t like it. It was weird, because they had beaucoup bucks and little stuff. They had 2 homes, a boat and I think jet skis. Yet they only had like 3 boxes of food in the pantry.
Other books like 100 Thing Challenge intrigue me. I can’t put them down, but I can’t imagine paring my life back that drastically.
I wonder if it’s my age… the way I was raised? Fear?
I don’t know, but over the past 2 years I have been quickly moving toward a simpler life. Less stuff.
The tipping point
It started with my own 40 Days 1 Whole House challenge which birthed this blog. The posts are riddled with errors and the pictures are terrible, but it was my manifesto that I was going to get a handle on our “stuff” once and for all.
But by the end of 40 days, I still felt we had too much stuff.
And I was faced with a new problem. We had empty shelves inside cabinets. It was so weird. Shouldn’t that space be used?
But I still had this desire to get rid of stuff. We have lived in our home for 17 years this month. I still have lots that we should part with – but it “fits.”
For the next 12 months I was an organizing – purging machine. I would organize clients’ homes during the day and come purge some more at our home at night.
My car was driving to Goodwill 3 times a week. I couldn’t believe we STILL had stuff!
I was also frustrated that what I organized wasn’t staying organized.
I needed a maintenance schedule, which led me to continually evaluate if I wanted to spend time maintaining whatever was taking my time to maintain.
I merged my websites down to 2 from 4.
I have spent the last 2 years eliminating flower beds and planting grass. I got rid of my dresser and lots of other furniture and plastic drawer systems. I pared my master closet back every year for 3 years until I have what I love and wear.
We even consolidated our kids into the same school!
Next, I decided that if I worked longer and harder I could get “caught up.”
Fail. I did work longer and harder. And I did achieve my goals, but I am not caught up. If anything I have more ideas, more goals and more things I want to do.
Where I am now
I would say we have about 30% more to de-clutter. Our space allows that we don’t “have” to. But I want to.
My life is complicated. As my kiddos age, I am struggling to maintain order and control while letting these preteens develop their own ideas and personalities.
Making order out of physical chaos relieves stress for me. Even if it’s your clutter I organize.
Which leads me to next week.
I am in another eBook bundle ends tomorrow at midnight. It is a collection of 16 books and tools for JUST cleaning and organizing.
I devour books. I love to research. I am actively working to organize, clean and simplify my life.
Many of the books in this bundle are brand new to me – they were not in the other bundles I was in.
In reading them, I am noticing a theme… the other authors are also verbalizing how they have achieved organization, simplicity and routine in their homes, their schedules and their use of time and space.
It is a process.
I am looking forward to reading sections of each of these books and implementing them in my life.