Real Life Minimalists: Jenn

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, I’m happy to introduce you to Jenn, whose minimalist lifestyle helps her maximize time with her little one. Visit her blog to read more of her thoughts and experiences.

Jenn writes:

Jenn and Beans

Jenn and Beans

I’m Jenn, minimalist and mindfulness blogger at Honey Rule.

I’m a single mom to Beans (he’s about one and a half years old). Just about every day I am thankful I’m a minimalist; it allows me to spend just a few minutes every day cleaning up and keeping our lives organized so I can maximize my quality time spent with my son and other loved ones.

During my 6 moves in about 5 years, it was easy for me to pare down on my belongings and push my experience in being a minimalist. At first, I decluttered out of sheer necessity: I was trying to keep my move from California to Philadelphia as inexpensive as possible. After that, I found joy in having less and less personal belongings.

I used to be an avid consumer: buying a ton of discounted fast fashion items and getting at least 2 packages on my doorstep every day. Because I have less stuff now, I’m less tempted to shop. I even recently cancelled my Amazon Prime account.

I also am actively trying to buy items at thrift stores and with environmentally-conscious brands for myself and my son in order to reduce our carbon footprint.

Being a minimalist directly contributes to my happiness. I have relatively low levels of stress, especially for being a parent. I’m able to focus on what matters most: great experiences with great people.

{If you’d like to learn more about minimalist living, please consider reading my book, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide, or joining my email list.}

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