After reading many different books on minimalism, embarking on my own simple living journey, and doing a lot of research on different simple living philosophies, I have gathered the Top Five Simple Living Truths that the minimalist gurus promote. I have applied these truths to my life on my simple living journey and it has transformed my negative thinking into positive excitement!
Top 5 Truths from the Minimalist Gurus
1. Minimalism is a journey. It may take multiple decluttering days and routine upkeep to stay in that happy place that works for you (and your family).
2. Minimalism (or a simple happy life as I like to call it) WILL look different for everyone.
3. Your minimalism is not better or worse than anyone else's minimalism based on the amount of items you have.
4. Minimalism is about finding joy in life again by staying in control of the items you have so you can spend time focusing on things that matter (friends, family, fun projects), rather than spending time cleaning, shopping, and maintaining the objects we bring into our lives.
5. We all value different things and we want to promote the things we value.
For example: Person A values books and not so much accessories. So person A may have a library and very few accessories. If person B values accessories and not books then person B will have more accessories and only a handful of books.
- The point of this example? Both of these people can be minimalists! There are no rules! Minimalism is about promoting and making time for what you love and what brings you joy. Don't let anyone tell you that you are not a minimalist because of "x,y,z." Like I said minimalism is a journey and I guarantee it will look different from everyone else's simple happy life.
This book is a very unique book to my minimalist book review series. Less: a visual guide to minimalism, was written by the popular minimalist youtuber Rachel Aust. In her book she gives a very unique perspective and a simple visual guide that many new minimalists will find very helpful. You will love her lists and decision charts in this no fluff guide to decluttering and living a simple happy life.
This week try to find something in your life that you can make easier. Maybe its trying to meal prep this weekend so you only have to clean up your kitchen once. Perhaps its having a family meeting and implementing a chore chart. Personally, my favorite thing that simplified my life was a gift from my in-laws for Christmas which with this one change saves me 42 hours a year that I don't have to spend on doing this boring chore.
The only way that you do get better at this art like with most art is by practicing. Minimalism is a lifestyle. Be patient with yourself and don’t expect to get everything done in one day. It took a lifetime to gather everything around you its gonna take some work to undo that.
I am not perfect and I know that you are getting tired of me saying that minimalism is a journey but here is a picture that is proof. Here is some real honesty so that you can stop feeling like you always have to have it all together…because honestly none of us do.
As we dive into this holiday season a quick reminder and a word of caution. Speak up and make your desires known so that your hard work isn't undone and unclutter the things that take you away from your loved ones this season.
I have been working hard so that I can help you this Christmas season. I am pleased to announce the 25 days of Christmas starting from today until New Years eve. See more to see a sneak peak of what I have in store for you!
My books are very important to me. So needless to say, this will be one of the most difficult and largest categories for me. Here is an excellent example of decluttering a difficult category. I share how I work through the emotional attachments in hopes that it will help you to learn to how to examine and overcome your own emotional hurdles on this decluttering journey.
A review of Joshua Becker the man that introduced me to minimalism. I have a special place in my heart for him and his words which started me on this path of growth. Hear about two of his books and his Uncluttered class.
Joshua Fields Millburn from The Minimalists is a poet that speaks from experience. He is in part trying to help us see where our pitfalls are by sharing his own experiences so we can learn from his mistakes. Click to see more...
Life is all about balance. Have any of you seen Eat Pray Love? If so you kind of know what I am talking about. Make sure that we aren't running ourselves ragged just for the sake of doing. There is no reward in that except exhaustion and burnout. Put your power and energy behind things that you care about.
I don't think I am the only one in this world that is overrun by unfinished crafts and too many hobbies. That is what we are tackling today with the box project. How to declutter both the old hobbies that we have outgrown and the new ones that we love.
The title of this blog is simple HAPPY life. We can live as simply as we want but if we don't replace all that time we gained back by not being a slave to our things with new adventure or things we enjoy then our life will be no happier than it was before. Here is an adventure date night that Patrick and I were able to have thanks in part to decluttering.
Who doesn't want more happiness? It's the journey to the happiness that I hope you are joining me on. Just believe that this minimalism journey is worth it and that the grand prize is happiness, getting your time back, and happy memories that have yet to be created. All of this was acomplished because you let go!
After the feedback from my philosophy on how to declutter, using the box project method I give you this example of how to put that method into action. The category we are decluttering today is beauty products. The box project method allows for quick decluttering with limited decision fatigue and no regrets.
Often we are just going with the flow in life and chances are you will not have the life you have always dreamed of by going with the flow. Take some time to envision what you want your life to look like and use these tips on how to create a vision board and a goal action plan to get the life that you have always envisoned.
Simply put...you need to take time to heal yourself from the stress of the world and the stress you put on yourself. You can only heal if you take care of yourself.
There are many different philosophies that are used as tools to help you on your minimalism journey. I have created my own process that helps you declutter efficiently without any regrets (and those two things do not usually go hand in hand). Make sure you apply this method to take full advantage of the "Purgatory Box" philosophy as well.
Decluttering can be overwhelming at times so it is a good idea to make sure that you have a safety net so you don't make any hasty decisions that you will later regret. The "Purgatory Box" system is designed so that you don't get rid of anything that you are not ready to part with yet. Go take a look. It could save you a lot of heartache that would have been easily avoidable.
Your time is your most valuable possession. Don't waste your time being a human-DOER instead of a human-BEING. God created us knowing that we need rest (hence the commandment keep the Sabbath day holy). Do we know better than God?
Sometimes we need to stop and count all our blessings. If we have our needs met for food, safety, health, and love we are in a very good place that many people would be envious of. If we are not only content but also grateful we can focus on spreading love and blessings to others.