If you have been following me on Pinterest you have probably noticed the flurry of minimalism inspiration I have been pinning away. Going minimal has been an interest of mine for a while, and I have been doing some mini purges over the past year (mostly because we moved our stuff twice last year and there were lots of boxes I would rather get rid of instead of moving it…again), but with jobs and kids and trying to actually leave the house sometimes it has fallen by the wayside. I am all about intentional living and making your home reflect the life you want to lead, so it’s about time I stop pinning and start making some moves! If you are kicking around the idea of decluttering, join me! We can commiserate over all the pairs of jeans we bought and never wore (ugh, I don’t even want to think about it).
But I’m Kind of Cheating
The word “minimalism” can be scary. I think of monks who only own one pair of shoes or people who live in 200 sqft. Stark is not my style, so I know that kind of minimalism is definitely out of my comfort zone. On my journey scouring the internet for motivation I found the phrase “cozy minimalist” and I just love how that sounds. I am going for intentional living without the clutter. I want to love my belongings and get rid of whatever doesn’t doesn’t help me live the way I want.
And if that means keeping my wall of books, then so be it.
Yes, minimalism is trending right now, with tiny houses and capsule wardrobes popping up all over, but my goal comes from a very real place. It seems like we are always trying to be “finished.” Finished with the dishes, the laundry, the cleaning. I am always waiting to be done. “I’ll play with you when I’m done.” But “done” isn’t achievable. There will never come a day when I have nothing to do, nothing to clean, nothing to put away. And I don’t want to spend my kids’ precious days asking them to wait for something that will never happen. There comes a point when you have to look around and see what makes up your life. Are you doing what makes you happy? Are you leaving space to breathe? That is what I want out of minimizing. I want fewer clothes to wash, fewer toys to help put away, less to take up my space and my days. My goal isn’t to see how few belongings I can live with, it’s to see just what I need to make my life full.
OK, friends, this is totally doable! Come back and check out the series (even if you just want to see how I justify keeping all of my bags currently collecting dust on my bedroom shelves…)