Have you ever missed out on part of (or even an entire) event because you were busy with chores? Or did you go to the birthday party/family get together/baby shower and stress the whole time, or as soon as you got home? Yeah, me too. All of that and then some.
It seems that clutter, both physical and emotional often get in our way of true happiness and freedom. Those papers stacked all over your desk in disarray add weight to your shoulders. The drawers of junk (creatively coined “junk drawers”) throughout the house add stress you probably don’t realize that you have. And I’m sure you don’t need your nephew’s extra swim trunks (that you’ve been storing for 3 years) just in case he wants to hit the beach.
Minimalism is living intentionally. Minimalism is allowing more time for that which is important by minimizing everything that is not. Reducing the amount of distractions in our life to allow the freedom to live it. Living a simple and balanced life.
Now, there are plenty of things that allow us more time to ourselves. I’m not saying that we should get rid of our washer and dryer and do it all manually from now on. There is no reason to ditch the vacuum and pick everything up by hand. And I’m sure none of us want to scrap the plunger and…well, you get the idea.
Some things are essential, some are time saving luxuries, and others bring beauty into our lives. These things are not the enemy. It is when we get into the 2 and a half boxes of trial size shampoos (and you only drive when you travel) that we have some stress-inducing clutter on our hands.
In the end, everyone will have their own preferences. Some people ditch everything and live out of a suitcase. While others find their 12 chair dining table just barely squeezes their family in on their weekly family dinners. I’d say that I’m in the middle of the two. And while I am still just beginning the journey, I feel the stress relief already and expect to pare down further in time to come.
What do you think of minimalism? Is it everything you ever wanted? Does your joy reside in everything you own? Are you ready to jump in? Or do you reduce your stress in other ways?