Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things that we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. -Joshua Becker, “Simplify”
I have too much shit. Straight up.
I can’t think of any other way to describe my current situation other than stating the obvious. I have too much shit and I need to get rid of it. I don’t think I’m a hoarder but I do tend to hold on to stuff Just-In-Case. And when I sat down and was honest with myself, I realized that the Just-In-Case stuff became You-Know-Damn-Well-You-Dont-Need-This ..
I’ve been reading Simplify by Joshua Becker where he pretty much recounts his path to minimalistic living and I felt enlightened. I took physical inventory and I was appalled at just how much stuff I had. This isn’t even including my children. I know I need to do a purge as soon as I can and I’m dedicating this weekend to get a head start down the path to becoming a minimalist.
Initially, I figured minimalists lived with only a few items, the bare of the bare necessities. (#NOBALOO sorry, I had to.) And well, some do. But given the opportunity to look at it from a different perspective, they determined what their bare necessities were. Becker explains that everyone’s minimalist style will be different and we have creative liberties to decide on what that style will be. Looking at minimalism from this angle made it easier for me to decide that not only is this something that I critically need to do, but it’s something that I feel my family and I can greatly benefit from. And once the physical is done, I’m moving on to mental minimalism.
I’m looking forward to a simpler way of life and a better, more valuable way of living for
the ’99 and the 2000 2015. And I’ll be sure to keep you all posted. Here’s to the New Year — to letting go and latching on to contentment & gratefulness!
“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” -Jackie French Koller