I mentioned in my last blog that this year in my house we been working towards a more minimalist lifestyle. This isn’t a change we’ve made over night and it’s still a work in progress but I wanted to share a bit here about the journey in case you have been considering this yourself.
It all started with watching a documentary on Netflix by the minimalists. I highly recommend this doc and I think it’s a great place to start. Even if you don’t want to take minimalism to the extremes these guys have- there is a lot to be said for decluttering your life. Physically removing excess objects, paying off debt and making more time for the activities and people you love is always a win.
After watching that great documentary I decided to listen to a couple audio books. I started with The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. This book gave me the motivation and a clear cut plan to get through all my crap – starting with my closet. She has you start by ripping all your clothes off hangers and throwing them in the floor. Then you pick each piece up and hold it in your hands and ask yourself – does it bring you joy?
I got rid of so many clothes. Most of it went to goodwill, some of it went to family, the rest was listed on this app a friend told me about called Poshmark. YA’LL. Since I started in January 2018 I have made back over $1000 on Poshmark by selling all the clothing, shoes and accessories I wasn’t using. I was embarrassed at how much impulse spending I had done over the years and how much money I had wasted on trendy pieces that didn’t actually feel like me. It was mind blowing and wonderful at the same time. I felt so free. Removing those things and having less clothing has actually made me feel like I have more clothes and outfits. It is way easier to figure out what to wear now. And moving forward the only things I have added to my wardrobe are higher quality items I will use for years to come. I could talk about clothes and the transformation my shopping habits have taken for a whole post – so I’ll move on.
I had several areas in my home that had accumulated more stuff than I could even believe. Owning a vintage furniture business for a couple years was the culprit for a lot of it. My garage, basement and a bedroom were stuffed. So many project pieces had went undone for so long and I didn’t realize how much all of it being present in my home stressed me out – until I started removing it.
My parents (bless them) spent a hand full of really long days working through all my stuff with me and they took everything that they could and had a big yard sale. They made $400 plus on all my crap. The rest of it we donated to goodwill and also a random girl that stopped when she saw all the furniture in the drive way because she thought we were having a yard sale. 😳 That’s when you know you have too much stuff.
Annnnd the trash. I’m not even sure how many bags of trash we removed but it was a lot. We’re still gradually putting it out at the curb each week.
I read a couple other books this year as well on the subject. The More of Less by Joshua Becker and Everything that Remains by the minimalists. I have Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White on my to-be-read list right now. And in an effort to reduce our bills we are getting very close to paying off one of our 2 vehicles and next week we are officially cutting the cord with cable TV. 😱 Because less bills = more freedom.
This year has been transformational in so many ways and it all really started when I decided to remove all the things that didn’t matter. I have always loved design and home decor – and I still do – but changing my mindset about the stuff I allow to come into my home has been the catalyst that has changed my life. As much as both my husband and I love our home it has made us wonder if we could possibly even downsize?! Kind of a crazy concept with most people buying everything on credit and living pay check to pay check- just hoping they will have enough money to pay the mortgage.
All I’m saying is, if you’ve never looked into minimalism you totally should. If you want more freedom in your life- this is the best way I’ve found. If you want to downsize and sell your house- I know a good realtor. 😏