Minimalism is a concept based on getting rid of the excess so life becomes about experiences rather than worldly possessions.
When we started downsizing over 2 years ago; everybody thought we were pretty crazy. Like I was on some kind of extreme organization enterprise for getting rid of everything.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
We were really on a journey of living minimal and I didn’t even realize it because honestly, I was just trying to figure out how we were going to downsize for tiny living after years of excess.
What I realized through the process of elimination is you don’t have to live Tiny to be a minimalist. This concept is about living with less which can be incorporated with all lifestyles.
It just happens minimalism works best for Robert and I through tiny living because space is limited.
So, during our transition, I discovered 3 essential tips that helped bring stability to our new mini lifestyle.
- We don’t need everything we come in contact with.
- Be thankful for what you already have.
- When shopping, choose value.
Essential Tip #1
My first essential tip surfaced around realizing we don’t need everything we come in contact with. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s true.
Let’s begin by remembering the day we came into this world. We arrived as a perfect creation, all we needed was the ability to take our first breath.
Hours later we were on our way home to a room that probably took months to prepare when all we really needed was the comfort of those who love us.
We could have cared less about the color on the walls or the outfit we were going to be changed into the following day.
What I’m getting at is that we didn’t need very much to be content in those early days and I believe the same remains true as we grow and mature into adults.
Yet, as we mature into adulthood there’s this desire to gather our lives with things until we just can’t get away from them.
Let’s be realistic most of these things end up in the garage, closet or even attic. That was our home and almost every home I’ve ever walked into because that’s what we do with the excess, we store it.
When you realize you don’t need the excess to be happy, life transpires, it’s very peaceful…
Robert and I noticed really quick that we didn’t need much of anything to be happy or content. We now find comfort through experiences, spending time with one another and with people that bring value to our lives.
Essential Tip #2
My second essential tip is to be thankful for what you already have. This one was personal and it hit me right in the heart one rainy afternoon when we lived on our farm.
That desire for wanting more can be a dangerous path because it never ends.
This tendency to think we’ll be happier when we reach a certain status or acquire a larger home or new car, well guess what that isn’t real. To many times consumption just adds another level of emptiness.
Happiness is found within, not in the house you live, the car you drive or the things you acquire. It’s just good old you, so be thankful for who you are and what you’ve been blessed with because life is challenging enough just by itself.
Essential Tip #3
My third essential tip involves shopping for value because there will be times when you have to make a purchase. It’s that simple!
So, “Choose quality over quantity. ”
You can apply this to many things and this has actually helped me stay out of stores because when I choose quality items they last and I shop less.
I go back to something my mom said years ago about buying shoes. “It’s better to have one pair of good shoes than a dozen pair of cheap shoes.”
As a child I never had more than three pairs of shoes and I remember shoe shopping like it was yesterday. I could hardly wait!
This was back when there were actual shoe stores and the sales clerk measured your foot to find the correct fitting. They went to that mysterious back room and returned with several boxes sharing details why that shoe would be a good option.
They even helped lace or buckle the shoe to make sure it would be a comfortable fit.
I might have not liked some of those options but they were comfortable and lasted the entire school year.
To this day when I try on shoes, I always choose comfort and quality over quantity. As a minimal adult I now have 5 pairs of shoes; making a decision which I’ll wear is a breeze and I can quickly get on with my day.
When Robert and I embraced a minimal lifestyle, it was by choice and these essential tips helped us get here.
Our home no longer fills up with excess because we realize we don’t need everything, we’re thankful for what we already have and when we shop it’s all about value.
We spend our time laughing, catching new experiences and just enjoying each other’s company. We now have time to do the things we’ve been putting off and our life has this new reborn purpose.
Life doesn’t have to be distracting, so remove those unnecessary possessions and begin to cleanse your space in a way that offers peace, joy and sense of contentment.
Who knows a minimal lifestyle is what you might have been seeking all along?