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, Carrie shares her minimalist journey with us, and explains how it’s enabled her to pursue her interest in writing—be sure to check out her blog!
About a year ago, I stumbled across the idea of minimalism after reading an article about a tiny house. My youngest brother is in architecture school and we soon got into a lively discussion about tiny houses and how much fun they would be to design and build. One thing led to another, and soon I went from reading about tiny houses to minimalism, and then I found the Miss Minimalist blog. That’s how it all started!
I’ve always been known as an organizer and a planner. When I was a little girl I used to hold “garage sales” in my bedroom, selling my unwanted possessions to my parents and siblings for dimes and quarters. I would take all afternoon to “go through my stuff” and get it organized just right, even when my three younger siblings were outside playing. As I got older, I still loved to go through and give or throw away things I no longer wanted or needed. I can’t stand having extra clutter around my home! So you see, when I discovered “minimalism” it was a perfect fit!
The idea of simplifying my life and downsizing came at a perfect time, just as my husband and I were getting ready to move. We decided to move from a 2 story, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ bathroom place with a garage and a big back deck, to a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom condo. What a change it has been! We had the opportunity to donate, sell, and give away a lot of our unwanted furniture, and now our home is set up simply with just the things we really love. And you know what my favorite part is about the whole thing? I can plug my vacuum cleaner into one spot and vacuum the entire house without ever moving the plug! Now THAT makes cleaning a joy! It is so freeing to be told that it’s really ok to get rid of things that you never use, even if you might need it “just in case” someday. As my husband would tell you, my half of the closet has really downsized — no point in keeping those clothes that I wore 10 years ago in high school, right?
Minimalism really has changed my life for the better. What I think I love most about a minimalist mindset is the fact that I only keep things that I truly NEED or truly LOVE. If I need it and use it often, I keep it. And if it’s something that I truly love and that brings me joy (like the china I received on my wedding day), then I keep that, too. But if it is something (even sentimental) that I don’t truly love and enjoy having or looking at, I’ve given myself permission to let it go. I really do think that simplicity is beautiful!
Simplifying my life has given me new opportunities to give to others, because I’m not so bogged down with the everyday tasks that used to take so long. I’ve always loved writing and now I have more time to focus on it. I’ve been sharing my writing on various topics on Medium.com (one of the simplest blogging platforms I’ve found!) You can check it out at: https://medium.com/@InspiringFthFit
Thanks to the Miss Minimalist community for being so encouraging as I get started on my minimalism journey!