On Minimalism

I have long considered myself to be a minimalist. As the movement has grown, I’ve enjoyed reading about the many personal journeys to minimalism. I’ve kept my home, my desk, my car clutter-free and pared down the stuff we have in our home. I made it one of my resolutions this year. I planned to sell our townhouse and move into a small condo. I really thought I was on my own personal journey towards full-fledged minimalism.

But something was holding me back. Part of it, which I’ve heard others echo, is that I’m way too into being prepared to get rid of all the things. I like to have “exactly what I need” to take care of a problem. I like to have choices in what I wear. I appreciate the right-sized pot or pan to prepare a meal. I’m glad we have room to entertain and a separate space for working at home.

Over at Our Next Life, I read about a concept called “right-sizing” your life. They discuss their choice to live simply but to still have enough space for themselves, their books, and the things they need to truly enjoy their lives. This has resonated strongly with me and I’ve been thinking about it all week. I’m a little bit embarrassed about the choice Jack and I have made to move to an even larger space than we are currently in. I discussed the reasons for this choice in detail here, and I feel like this is the best decision for us right now, but I’m still very self-conscious of it.

Considering it from the perspective of right-sizing our lives helps me to further understand that this move is the right thing for us, at this moment in our lives. Yes, it’s much more room than we could ever need, but we couldn’t find the other things we wanted (proximity to family, room to store a boat, a basement, amazing light) in a smaller house in our price range. We aren’t going to lose our minds and abandon our desire for less clutter, or to decide we’d rather buy stuff instead of having meaningful adventures. This move is just getting us closer to a lot of those adventures. (And giving us the space to host our friends and families without being on top of each other or worrying about sleep schedules.)

Our goal is to continue working on conscious consumerism. We’re not trying to impress anyone. We have been guilty of this in the past, and we’ve learned from it. We’ll only be buying things that contribute to our happiness. I think this house is going to be one of those things.

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11 thoughts on “On Minimalism

  1. I read the house post, and it makes total sense. I just was too lazy to comment then 🙂

    I definitely understand how hard it is when thing don’t work out exactly how you had envisioned them, but you are on the right track. You certainly don’t have to follow anyone’s rules about what is right for your life.

    You are gaining time with your family, which is a precious gift 🙂 sure, you will have more space than you were initially comfortable with, but just think how beautiful those spaces will be when they are filled in a minimalistic way. Wide open spaces and sunshine!

    I can’t wait to see pictures of the new house!

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    • Thank you for your encouragement! I’m excited about those open spaces and sunshine too. I just need to get over feeling guilty, because as you said, I don’t have to follow anyone’s rules about what’s right for MY life. 🙂

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  2. Love the concept of right sizing! This is where we are too! Our 1300 sq ft house has been perfect for us – we raised 2 kiddos and now we can look forward to their visits. It’s enough room for us. I feel like Goldilocks – not too big, not too small, it’s just right! So glad you shared the link too.

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  3. Love this! So glad our post resonated with you. It’s rare to find perfection, and it sounds like you new house meets your needs. That’s what matters! (Although a house that gets you closer to adventure sounds pretty darn perfect to me!) 😉

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    • Thank you for reading! I’m still getting my head around how different this move is ending up, but sometimes I think I don’t know really know what I want until it smacks me right in the face 🙂

      And you’re right: being closer to the lake and the mountains IS pretty perfect!

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  4. Preach. I grew up in a small two floored house. It was perfect when we moved in. But over the 18 years I lived there it turned into a cluttered hoarder’s home.So frustrating. I studied in another country and had only two suitcases with me. This was the greatest time of my life for so many reasons, but partly because I have an uncluttered life. When I came back home, I got rid of over half of the shit in my room. If only I could get the rest of my family to follow these practices…

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