A while back I posted that I was interested in minimalism and simplifying my life overall. I have made lots of donations over the past few months, and I am proud to say that I have fit all of my sentimental items into one plastic bin. This includes yearbooks, my favorite stuffed animals, and handwritten letters from people I love. Worthless to anyone but me, I suppose. But they matter to me, and that’s what counts.
We have also been thinking of selling our house and moving back to AL, where our dollar would stretch a bit more. This would allow us to pay off more student loans. Also, I would love a one story home. After living in a two story home all these years, I am starting to see the appeal of having everything I need all one on level. Plus, its more kid-friendly 😉
With the possibility of moving looming overhead, I have had even more motivation to simplify lately. I was able to get all of my Christmas decorations (minus the tree) into three bins. At one time I think I had at least 6 bins and two Christmas trees, so I got rid of a lot! Actually, I have a bin in the garage right now waiting to be photographed and posted for sale online. If they don’t sell, then I will just donate them. The only things I haven’t gone through are my husband’s things. I’ll let him do those in his own time, but I think he’s seeing how positive simplifying has been for me. Hopefully that will encourage him to get rid of some things he doesn’t use as well. If not, I think I will just tell him he can move his own boxes whenever we move 🙂
Minimalism, for me, is minimizing my own anxiety. Holding on to old dresses that didn’t fit me anymore just made me feel bad that I hadn’t lost the weight yet. Seeing all those extra holiday decorations made me stressed out about having to get everything perfectly decorated in time for the holidays.
Truth be told, I used to decorate for every major holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc). For my own sanity, I decided to just decorate for Christmas from now on, only because it’s my favorite 🙂 I just don’t need that constant feeling of “I need to do this and this and this” in my life anymore. I never questioned why I decorated for every holiday, it just seemed normal since that’s what my mom always did. But as the years go on, I see how stressed out she makes herself by overcommitting to this idea that everything has to be perfect all the time. I don’t want to feel like that. It’s exhausting.
So there you have it, my tiny minimalist journey. I’m still a work in progress, but aren’t we all?
Until next time… cheers 😉