Linda Breen Pierce. “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.”
It’s week three of Minimalist Monday’s, yay! Hopefully you have had a chance to look at some of your possessions and ask yourself some thought-provoking questions on what is truly important to you and what it is time to let go of. I also hope you have had the time to ask yourself what your motivation is for making changes in your home and what you hope to accomplish by living with less stuff.
For me, there are many motivators for living with less. Ultimately, I believe that living with less will give me more freedom to pursue life more fully and leave more time for love, joy and everyday adventure.
I have been working for a little over a year on developing a more Minimalist life style. Many bags of random objects and clothing have gone to charities; I am constantly evaluating what I am using, what I truly love, and what is just taking up space. Most of my home is in much better shape today than it was in 2011. I am by no means done but I feel like I have made great progress in many areas.
Before you think I am in too good of shape you need to know I have three major black holes in my home. Three areas full of stuff. Stuff I don’t know what to do with; stuff that just plain gives me a headache to think about. These areas are full of my mom’s stuff. Either stuff she owned, stuff she saved from my childhood, or stuff she bought for me to remember her by (holiday decorations and such). These areas in order of terror are; the garage, the laundry room, and the downstairs closet. These areas are conveniently tucked away from the average visitor’s eye, but I know they are there lurking, quietly draining my energy.
January 2014 is going to find me starting with the garage. It is going to be quite the adventure but I am looking forward to the finished product. I promise to by some batteries for May camera so that you can see the progress as I begin my journey. I hope that tackling my garage will inspire you to pick a room or closet in your home to begin working towards a life of living more and owning less.
You may also enjoy this article by Joshua Becker about de-owning from his blog Becoming Minimalist.