“I’ve learned that minimalism is not about what you own, it’s about why you own it.” – Brian Gardner
My sister Sarah recently told me about a man who is basically the ultimate minimalist.
Apparently he has one bowl, one plate, fork, knife, et cetera. No furniture except for a mat that he sits and sleeps on; rolled away when not in use. His life is outside his home! Work, friends, and adventures are all his main focus which happen outside his small house. He has so little; and yet so much.
I am not THAT much of a minimalist. There is furniture in my home and I definitely have a whole ton of mugs that you won’t see me getting rid of! However nearly everything in my home has a purpose and is used regularly. I maintain an open clean space in my house which results in a stress free mind.
When I was much younger my Dad decided that we should have a yard sale and get rid of stuff. Just stuff. Things we clearly didn’t need nor use that was taking up unnecessary space. Once the yard sale ended I was left with a box full of stuffed animals, clothes, accessories, et cetera, that I had courageously put together to sell. As my dad starting putting the left overs in our van – which was headed to the thrift store – I realized that I didn’t want to get rid of my box. What if I did donate it and then down the road wish I hadn’t? Maybe I would need that necklace again? Or miss that stuffed animal? My heart honestly sunk from the thought of getting rid of that box full of my “used to be treasure”.
Thankfully after a few moments I realized that if I held onto that box it would probably be the start of never getting rid of anything which would eventually turn me into a pack-rat. That thought of being a hoarder scared me more than losing my stuff did. So I gave the whole box to my dad. I never once wished I hadn’t.
Freedom of Mind
“Stress does not go with my outfit.”
Obviously there are different forms of stress. . . Having a minimal home is not the magic ingredient to de-stressing everything. Yet it is a way of lessening your overall stress.
Have you ever had a hard day at work or frustration while running errands and can’t wait to get home to relax? I’ve had too many to count. BUT sometimes opening that front door can stress you out more if you are greeted by plenty of cleaning to be done. We can all agree that walking in the door and being greeted by a clean organized home is so peaceful. Being able to sit on the couch with a glass of Merlot in hand with no chores to be done is BOMB. The weight of stress is so easily lifted when you are in a peaceful, chore free, environment.
Less stuff equals less to clean. Less to clean equals less stress.
Freedom of Space
“Your home is living space, not storage space.”
Appreciate your space. Allow it to be a haven for you.
When I was living under my parents roof, my room was my haven. I designed it in a way that made me feel peaceful when chaos was surrounding me. It was always the place I could go to and feel relaxed. Where I could declutter my mind and find some mental rest. Now that I am moved out and running my own home, my new space resembles my old room.
When everything seems to be closing in on me, my home is the place I can relax.
There is something truly freeing about having less. It is quite amazing how a clutter free home can effect your mind for the better. Honestly, you can tell a persons mental state by the state of their home. The most chill people I know (and no offence intended if you are the opposite) live in clutter free homes. Since they are surrounded by a mostly clear space, their mentality resembles that same environment.
Freedom of Time
“Collect moments – Not things”
The more things you own, the more those things metaphorically own you. We are forced to spend large amounts of time cleaning or organizing the chaos of our homes. Clearly, this takes time. Time away from our family. Our friends. We could be creating memories with our time but instead we have to spend it taking care of our storage space.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be out for dinner with my friends than be stuck at home trying to organize chaos.
Maybe it’s time for you to declutter. . .
To let go of the stuff holding you back from a stress free mind. I know it can be difficult to give away things that may hold a bit of value to you, but you will soon see how freeing it truly is. Just start with one box. Fill it all the way to the top and either sell or donate it. As you begin to fill more boxes to declutter your living space, you will feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. The more you clear out, the more your mind will also become clear.
“A home with fewer possessions is: more spacious, more calming, and more focused on the people who live inside it.” – Joshua Becker