Minimalism has been something I’ve been dating for about 3 years now but never fully jumped into make a lasting commitment. I use minimalism as a tool to keep my home organized. This year I am taking the plunge and going all out to becoming the best version of a minimalist.
I don’t think the transition will be hard because my husband is on board with me. We are a family of six and it will make our life a lot more easier, at least that is the result I am looking to achieve.
Minimalism means different things to different people. I will share my version of what living a minimalist lifestyle means to me. The first change I will make in living a more minimalist lifestyle is to my environment. I will take baby steps.
I want to share my journey with you, I want to show you pictures and videos of me getting rid of things. This will be a process because letting go of stuff can be challenging. The mind always find reasons to hold on to clutter.
I define minimalism as, living a more intentional lifestyle and letting go of things that is crowding your space, things you are not currently using, wearing or need. Simple as that.
That includes all of the stuff that is stored away out of mind and out of site. Something in me knows this is the right way to live. I want to share two scriptures with you that helps me put things into perspective.
Luke 12:15-21 ESV
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
What I received from these scriptures is that, it is OK to have riches but do not allow riches to have you. God is not oppose to us having beautiful luxurious things but He doesn’t want us to hoard, covet things or money. God does not want us to worship things. We have things that we are not using that could benefit someone else but we are not willing to share it with others. We have more than enough money to give but don’t want to give it. I am not saying throw your pearls before swines but there are great causes we can give to. Your local church is one of them.
God said, while you are trying to hold on to all of your stuff, a day will come when what you’ve stored up for yourself, will be given to someone else when you die. God wants us to be rich in Him. Worship Him more than we worship our stuff.
It is alright to have as many shoes as you want if you wear them all but if you have 20 pairs of shoes and 10 of them you haven’t touched in 5 years, it is time for you to donate them to someone who is going to wear those shoes. That goes for anything in your environment as well.
My heart went out to the victims of the fires, hurricanes and earthquakes. When you are in a situation of such tragedy you can not help but to thank God you survived it when others have lost their lives. I bet in that moment all that mattered to the victims was that they still had their lives and can start all over again. What was lost for some people were only their possessions which can be replaced. Some family heirlooms and pictures probably can’t be replaced but the beautiful memories of those objects and events are still etched in their memories. It was disheartening to watch all of the flood victims trying to gather all of their belongings. It really made me evaluate my own home. I began to question all of the objects I had laying around in my house that I wasn’t using.
Most homes are filled with excessive amount of stuff, some of us do not know what we have in our homes. Our garages are filled and pack with so much junk that we can not park our cars in them.
We are storing up clothes, furnitures and objects and saying we can’t part with our things because we might need it one day although we have not used it in 5 years. We have too much of everything. We have stored clutter in our basements, storage rooms, drawers, businesses, offices and closets.
We are really ashamed to allow others to see our true clutter. Some of our homes openly displays beautiful tidy spaces but larking in the closed quarters are hidden clutter. We even allow others to dumped their clutter in our environments.
My goal this year is to live a life of minimalism. My aim is to only live with what I absolutely need and use.
These are my standards for living a more minimal lifestyle
- It has to be functional
- I have to use it
- I have to love it
- It has to be only what I need
- It has to be beautiful
- It has to be luxurious
- It has to be safe and environmentally friendly
- It has to be easy to clean
- It has to be easy to maintain
- It has to be a space saver
I don’t know how long this process is going to take me but I will keep going until I fully reach my goal.
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