Minimalism in 2018

Welcome to 2018 Dear Readers - I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year break with your friends and family. This is just a quick post to tell you all that this year I am going to really try and embrace Minimalism. 

In late 2017, Pete and I watched a show on Netflix called Minimalism: A Documentary about the important things about these two guys in the US who had simplified their lives through Minimalism and were living a happier and healthier life as a result. It really struck a cord with the both of us on so many levels and so we have embarked on our own Minimalism path.

I am also reading a book called Slow by Brooke which also ties in well with this kind of living. I love how Brooke recommends starting out by decluttering and doing it slowly as it can be somewhat overwhelming. She describes when her husband and her started by trying to empty out the stored items in their garage and it became too much for them both and they had piles of stuff everywhere. Instead she recommended starting out small - with one draw at a time, or your wallet, or handbag. I have found this to be sage advice. 

Joshua and Ryan (The Minimalists) say that this way of life has helped them to:

  • Eliminate our discontent
  • Reclaim our time
  • Live in the moment
  • Pursue our passions
  • Discover our missions
  • Experience real freedom
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on our health
  • Grow as individuals
  • Contribute beyond ourselves
  • Rid ourselves of excess stuff
  • Discover purpose in our lives
Something I read online suggested getting an empty box, going through areas of your home and where you find you have 2 of something, put one in the box. Then place the filled box somewhere for 30 days and if you don't need to go back to the box for anything after the 30 days - donate or sell the items. 

There's also this thing called Project 333 - but I'm not quite there yet. But I hope to try it sometime this year.

To date, Pete and I have thrown out at least 10 bags of rubbish ( mainly things we just don't use anymore and were holding onto 'just in case'), we've donated 2 bags of clothing to charity (with more on the way) and sold numerous items online and made some extra $$. I find the more we empty our place the lighter and more free we feel.

Try it.. 

If you are interested in finding out more about this way of living I encourage you to start by watching the Netflix Documentary first and going from there.

I'd love to hear from you and know your thoughts, tips or experiences with this way of living.

Here's to a happier, healthier and lighter life in 2018.

Erin xx


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