I remember it like it was yesterday. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, excitement was in the air. With my membership card in hand, I proudly marched through the doors of the massive warehouse club. Then, I stopped dead in my tracks. There was just so. much. stuff. How on earth was I supposed to decide what I should buy in bulk? Were the prices really that good? Or could I get some items at my local grocery store for less?
I ended up making two huge newbie mistakes that day.
Start a bullet journal they said. All you need is a notebook and a pen, they promised. It will be easy. Yeah right. They failed to tell me I’d have to have to master the art of penmanship, purchase a bunch of art supplies, and spend hours of my day figuring out the bullet journal system. No thank you. I think I’ll just stick to using my iPad and whatever scrap paper I find lying around.
Take a look around your house. In its current state, is it Pinterest worthy? Or does it look like it belongs on the cover of “Messy Monthly”? (Not a real magazine, but you get the point). Yeah, mine too. I’ll bet your house, like mine, is in need of a good spring cleaning.
I’ll admit it, I am a messy person. Despite the fact that I am a minimalist, I can also be quite messy. The truth is, I often struggle with keeping my house clean (enough). Cleaning is just not real high on my to-do list. Which is why I prefer to do my spring cleaning more than once a year.
Yep, you read that right. I actually spring clean my house multiple times a year. Why? It’s simple, this way I don’t feel (too) bad about letting the dust pile up the rest of the year.
I may be one hot mess, but this hot mess has mastered the art of Spring cleaning. And you can too.
Aunt Ada’s 24-piece floral tea set, Great-Uncle Bill’s rusty old tool collection, Grandma Bessie’s antique china cabinet. Sounds like you may be holding onto other people’s stuff. Nevermind the fact that you don’t drink tea (and you hate floral patterns). You’re not the least bit handy (i.e. you couldn’t use a wrench to save your life). And that china cabinet? It’s in your storage unit; collecting dust. Do you wish you could declutter family heirlooms without feeling guilty, fearing you’ll offend other family members or being obligated to store other people’s stuff?
The good news is, it is possible to free yourself from the guilt, fear, and obligation which have been shackling you to other people’s stuff for far too long. You can let go of other people’s stuff and reclaim your personal space, style, and joy. Here’s how…
Knick knacks, trinkets, baubles, figurines, tchotchkes, whatever you call them; they are no longer welcome in my house. I have enacted a strict “No Knick Knacks Allowed Policy”. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If a knick knack dares to trespass on my property, it will be donated, sold, or shot on sight! (I’ve given my husband permission to use knick knacks for target practice).
Why have I gone to such extreme measures to keep knick knacks out of my home? I’ll give you six good reasons why…
Some homeschool families prefer to dedicate an entire room (or floor) of their home to their homeschool treasures. When you walk into their homeschool rooms, you’ll likely see maps and educational posters on the walls, and books. Lots and lots of books. Our family is a little different. In fact, when you enter our (small) house you may notice something is missing. That’s because, in our house, we homeschool without books.
Now, before you alert the authorities, allow me to explain…
Since I began simplifying my life, I’ve discovered that I do not buy many of the things I once thought were essential. A welcome side-effect of simplifying my life has been that I have also been able to simplify my shopping list! Here’s a list of 40 things I no longer buy (and I can’t believe I ever did).
“Say you don’t need no diamond ring
And I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want those kind of things
That money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money
For money can’t buy me love.”-The Beatles
Do you have a full heart but an empty bank account? Despite what the media wants us to believe, true love doesn’t come from a store. Maybe it’s time to jump off of the consumer-driven love-train and endeavor to show your love to that special someone in other (free) ways. Here are ten ways you can show your love, without spending a dime.
Bookworm, avid reader, bibliophile, literary connoisseur, scholar, intellectual. Do any of these terms resonate with you? If so, then you, like me, probably adore books. In addition to my love of reading them; I can’t get enough of the way books feel, smell, and sound (when turning a page). There was a time when books overran my home. One could not enter a room without spotting more than a few. I would collect book after book from multiple genres. Sometimes I would read them, other times I was merely comforted by the thought of having them around.
Then came cross-country move number one. And I discovered books are heavy! I’m not saying the weight of multiple boxes of books prevented me from boxing up every book in my rather large collection and hauling those boxes over 1,700 miles. Because that’s exactly what I did. I’m just saying books can be heavy, that’s all.
Multiple moves later (including two more cross-country), somewhere along the way, one by one, I eventually began letting go of my beloved books. And I can proudly declare that I have not required a single therapy session (yet).
From the time I was born, I’ve lived with less. But, I haven’t always been a minimalist.
My sister and I were raised by a single mom. My father paid child support, however, my mother was addicted to drugs and alcohol. Therefore, there usually wasn’t much money available for the basics, let alone any extras.
As a child, I was forced into “minimalism” by way of poverty.