Minimalism…. ahhhh what a nice word and idea. It’s not so easy though to apply unless you are by nature not attached to material things (so basically it’s difficult for all of us). I’m hoping these next four weeks will be really helpful for you and I as we work towards more intentional living.
It’s so hard for me to just jump into this challenge without touching on the deeper issues involved here. There are so many things that can be brought up, discussed, and pondered. When it comes down to it though, I think the bottom line for me is simply that as a Christian, I want to store up my treasure in heaven. I want to be less concerned about things and more concerned about people.
My definition of minimalism: getting rid of what you don’t need to make more room for what you do. Again, that can be worded/thought of sooooo many ways, but the idea is simple: less stuff, more life. There is no special number of things you can own as a minimalist. There is no perfect standard. In fact, that almost defeats the point. People can take this too far. It’s just about removing junk (mental and physical). It’s not about imposing some strict set of rules onto yourself and your family. This is also supposed to be a freeing process. If at any time you feel like you are becoming stressed out, you need to take a short break (maybe just a day or maybe a few months) until you are ready.
So why do we even need minimalism? Sadly, we have gotten caught up in a very American (consumeristic) life. Don’t misunderstand me here, I love being an American and all the freedom, rights, and even stuff I have. I just think we’ve gone too far. We always need bigger, better, more, nicer, fancier, etc. And what are we willing to give for that? Everything! Think about that. We are willing to trade our whole lives working just so we can have more. This challenge is all about asking yourself what you want more of. Do you want more stuff or more time? When you get to the end of your life, what will really matter? Let’s not wait till the end to realize that we missed out. Let’s passionately pursue life right now!
Of course we all have to work to survive. That’s what I’m doing right now. This blog helps provide for my family’s needs. What I’m pursing with my own minimalism journey is balance. How can I meet needs, but choose life, moments, and memories over possessions? This past year has been a powerful one for me. I’ve let go of an incredible amount of stuff. Do I miss it? No, I feel free. I feel lighter, less cluttered, and more at peace.
Before jumping in, read both the minimalism questions and thoughts sections below. Hopefully, this will prep you mentally to get going on your purge. I will eventually separate this into it’s own blog post because it can be so helpful and thought provoking.
- Does this item add joy or serve a purpose?
- Is this item robbing me of life by bringing stress or just taking up space?
- Do I feel beautiful when I wear this?
- Have I worn this during the past season when I would have?
- Can I replace this item easily if I regretted passing it along?
- Has this item served it’s purpose and no longer is of use to me?
- Am I just keeping this because someone special gave it to me or it has sentimental value?
- It’s just stuff.
- I would rather have memories.
- I can bless someone else by giving this away.
- If I sell this item I can put that money towards something I would actually love/need.
- If a gift no longer brings me joy, it has stoped being the blessing that the giver wanted it to be. They want me to be happy.
- I will still have the memory even if I pass the item along.
Free PDF linked below
Don’t forget to reach out over on IG! I’m excited to do this with you and look forward to hearing from you! What have you enjoyed or found difficult? I’ll be reposting anyone who tags me in their stories (@daytripsanddiapers). I hope we can encourage each other and create a community of people pursing life passionately.