Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details.
Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Apple. In their quest for simplicity, she and her husband have made some big changes in their lives. Read her story, and I think you’ll be inspired!
I am a born minimalist. As a child I loved tidying my room, my favourite activity was packing my backpack for holidays and then living out of my bag. I remember feeling overwhelmed after receiving more than one present for Christmas or the frustration of having to keep unused clothes, superfluous room decorations, bulky pieces of
furniture in my room.
Yet, even until my early thirties I, as well as my minimalist husband, held on to boxes of ‘sentimental treasures’, including comfortable but unfulfilling jobs. (No way I wanted to part from or my 90′s miniskirt and DocMartens, or the job in a multi with great benefits!) In our otherwise minimalist home the weight of these ‘sentimental treasures’ were suffocating. Every day I looked at the boxes (hidden in our wardrobes), I felt uneasy and confused. Every day we went into work we felt confined and unmotivated. During this time we also owed apartments to rent and a second car which was necessary for my husband’s hated career. Life was confusing and we needed space, clarity and simplicity.
After our second child was born, my husband and I made some life-changing decisions:
* We decided to move. We moved to a small house in a neighbourhood we love.
* We got rid of our old-time treasures and only kept a few pieces that we love and display. (eg. my husband’s Lord of the Rings thingie)
* We sold our rental properties. (apart from one…market downturn, could only sell at a huge loss)
* We sold our second car.
* We gave up our jobs and embarked on going back to university to study for careers which won’t just pay for our physiological needs but contribute to self-actualization. (after Maslow’s hierarcy of needs).
We are happy that our finances are simplified, our careers are on track, and feel that we have got rid of the elephant in the room (or, in our case, the elephant in the wardrobe). Do you also have other than tangible clutter to ‘minimalise’? Are you finances, career waiting to be simplified?