For the past 6 months, I have been on a quest to downsize my home; ultimately, though, it was not about the house, but simplifying my life. Believe me, I’m a long way from being a minimalist, but I have been trying. Due to an unanticipated turn of events, we actually ended up downsizing a bit more than we had planned, and we moved into a small apartment temporarily. On one hand, this forced me to downsize really quickly; on the other hand, that’s what self-storage units are for, right? Even with the storage units, though, it has been a great exercise in helping me to focus on what I need (or want?) on a daily basis. The rest is in storage.
We did get rid of a lot of stuff. It seems we have been selling and giving away to friends and strangers for months! It has been a good reminder of how easy it is to accumulate “stuff” when you have a place to keep it. But, this exercise at home has been a good reminder for me to think about decluttering or minimizing my “stuff” at work, unsubscribing to emails I don’t read, cleaning up my car, and clearing my mind of unimportant thoughts.
One definition of minimalism that I found described it as:
“If you desire to live with fewer material possessions, or not own a car or a television, or travel all over the world, then minimalism can lend a hand. But that’s not the point. Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom.”
I have definitely found some freedom in this process. My home already seems simpler – less to clean, less clutter, less walking within the house itself, and less expense – all of these are giving us more freedom to focus on what is more important to us. What questions might you ask to give you more freedom?
Donald Clifton once said, “What will happen when we think about what is right with people rather than fixating on what is wrong with them?” I try to think about this quote every day, but I have focused on it many times a day during this temporary living arrangement. It would be easy to fret about space and more walking, but I’m looking for what is right:
What’s my point of all this?
How might you focus on minimalism in just one part of your life; think not about just having less stuff, but in gaining more freedom?
We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas on what you are doing.
Here are a couple of articles that might help you if you are interested in gaining more freedom: