Minimalist Tag

As some of you may have guessed, I am a budding minimalism enthusiast.  I still have lots to learn, but I have been successful in decluttering a lot of my home and I have been able to simplify my work schedule a little too.  Several of the minimalist and simple living bloggers that I follow have answered the following questions, so I thought I would too — just to give you some more background on why have chosen to live this way.

1. What drew you to minimalism?

In the fall of 2014, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an auto-immune disease that attacks the joints.  It was a wakeup call of sorts, and prompted me to take a look at my life and my lifestyle and make some changes.  In doing research, (I always do research), I started reading blogs and watching YouTube videos about the minimalist lifestyle.  It struck a cord with me, and I immediately began implementing some of the processes I was learning.   Despite my extended family thinking that this is just a fad, I have no plans to go back to my previous way of life.

2. How did you start the de-cluttering process?

I started with my wardrobe first.  It seemed the easiest, and there were plenty of decluttering how-to’s.  Project 333 was an inspiration as well.  Since then,  I have decluttered and simplified most of our little cottage, and I am now beginning the really difficult process of working on the garage.  Read why this is such a daunting task here.

3. Have you ever counted all your things? If so, how many things do you own?

Nope and I’m not gonna do it.  I do count and keep track of my clothing and accessories, but that’s it.  For me, minimalism is a feeling more than set rules.  If my home feels cluttered, then it’s time to get rid of stuff.  This may change in the next year or two as I have plans to move, but for right now, I’ll just stick with how I feel.

4. What are your tips for dealing with the desire for more?

I like to shop online.  I don’t buy much, but I like to look at stuff.  This satisfies my desire to have the item more than actually buying it would.  I know, it’s strange, but it works for me.  When I actually do need something, I do a ton of research first before I make a purchase.  I also talk to my husband about my plans to purchase anything.  This helps me decide if I even really need it or not.  About half the time, I decide I really don’t need it and I can make do with what I already have.  If I do purchase something, then something else has to leave the house.

5. How do you deal with non-minimalists in your life?

As I mentioned above, some of my extended family believes that this is just a phase I am going through and they have actually made fun of me.  This doesn’t bother me because I know how I feel and how minimizing and simplifying has enriched my life.  Why would I ever want to go back to my cluttered, busy life before?  I try not to push my way of thinking on others, even when I see that they could benefit.  It is a little difficult when my boys come home, since neither one is a minimalist, and their stuff tends to take over our small little house.  I just try to remember that it’s just for a short time and that I love them.

6. Do you have any guilty pleasures where minimalism doesn’t apply?

As far as stuff goes, no.  I mean, there are possessions that I really like — like my computer, cell phone, and camera gear — but I since I use them all the time, I don’t think that actually counts.  Unfortunately, there are parts of my life that I still need to work on.  I am a social media junky.  I love to be on Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook quite a bit, and it probably is too much.  So, yeah, that would be my guilt pleasure where minimalism doesn’t apply — but probably should!