Here’s a secret: you can get the best and truest and most rewarding part of living with less without lifting a finger.
Sure, I talk a lot about clutter on this blog, the struggle to get it out and keep it out of the house, and resisting the oppressive culture of busyness and more, more, more. And those struggles and challenges are real.
But you can get the best of minimalism, the part I find to be most helpful, with a stuffed garage and layers of Disney memorabilia and your fifth grade cross country participation medals laying around the house. Because the best part isn’t the tidier house or the the savings from living smaller.
The best part of minimalism is realizing You Have Enough.
You have enough. Nothing you can buy or own will change how you feel about yourself. If you’re meeting all your basic needs – food, shelter, clothing – there is nothing in a store that will bring you lasting contentment or happiness. Awakening to the fact that a new entertainment unit or those tops you keep putting in a virtual cart and then abandoning, will not make you happier, that to me is the best lesson of minimalism. You have enough.
So before we kick our butts, and homes, into gear take time to look around you and see that you truly have enough. If you’re reading this you have Internet access – lucky you! – and likely are living with indoor plumbing, clean running water and heating. You’re clothed (or not but likely that’s a choice!) and you’re probably even dealing with a bit of dietary excess and thinking about eating less by choice. You’re doing pretty well next to most of the world. Enjoy that fact. Remember it. You have enough.
The 2016 Clutter Cleanse Challenge
- runs for six weeks
- each week will focus on one area or topic like building a capsule wardrobe, streamlining finances or kid clutter.
- there will be three posts a week plus prompts on the blog Facebook page
- I would love it if you shared your tips and comments here and on the Facebook page. Whether you’ve been trying to live with less for two years, or if this is the first time you’ve heard of minimalism, it is so helpful to hear how others declutter their home and how they deal with the challenges of stuff.
- NEW: I’ll be Instagram-ing this challenge and would love to see your progress! You can follow me on Instagram – the_minimalistmom – you can post with the hashtag #cluttercleanse16. Search the hashtag for more inspiration.
Watch for the first post in the 2016 Clutter Cleanse series on Sunday.
My 2016 inspiration and kick starts. Here are a few small things I’m using to springboard myself into what should be a big year for me personally and professionally.
- Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed’s collection of quotes from her book Wild and her Dear Sugar column, is my inspiration to start the year. My work space will accumulate a lot of Cheryl Strayed quotes on post-it-notes in the next few weeks.
- I love productivity apps. Working for myself leaves me at risk for a lot of wandering mind/Internet surfing. The Pomodoro app will be ringing on my laptop a lot in the next two months as I work to get my first draft of my second book into my publisher (August 2016 release!). I’m also testing out the 1-3-5 To Do List that another freelancer recommended to me to
- Setting personal and family goals. My husband and I are sitting down this weekend to set some personal, financial and family goals together. Last year was a quiet year on those fronts as we welcomed a new baby and had a big international move to tackle. This year I’m ready to push myself. We’re starting 2016 with a family financial challenge that I’m both scared and excited for. I’ve signed up for a May half marathon, have a new book coming out with Adams Media this summer and we have some fun trips planned both with and without (wow!) our children. It’s going to be a big year.
Do you have any new year traditions on reflecting on the past and setting goals or making plans for the coming year?