I have been reflecting recently on how much less complicated life at home is now than it would be if we were self-isolating prior to having embraced minimalism. It made me think about how much I appreciate the inner peace I’ve found since that time. I thought it’d be worth sharing three reasons to go minimalist now.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not necessarily easily schooling an extroverted public school student at home while also raising a toddler, maintaining a house, or just navigating life in general all from home. But I can definitely say that stuff isn’t a source of stress for me.
Today’s post is written for anyone who can use that same sense of calm I’ve found with the help of minimalism. So with this period of self-isolation and quarantine we find ourselves in, here are just a few reasons why I believe now is a great time to go minimalist:
REASON #1 TO GO MINIMALIST NOW – YOU’RE HOME ALL DAY WITH YOUR STUFF
Chances are you’ve been home a lot more than usual these last few months. I’m willing to bet that the amount of stuff you have has become a lot more obvious than it was before. In the past, if you didn’t feel like decluttering, organizing, or cleaning things you could simply leave the house.
That’s not exactly the case now; millions of us are home the majority of if not all the time, surrounded by our possessions. I was a minimalist before we stopped taking the oldest to school in town or attending speech therapy twice a week with our youngest.
Not only am I relieved I had decluttered in early March I have also continued to do so; I have two boxes of stuff I’ve collected around the house that will be making its way to a donation center as soon as it is safe to do so.
If you haven’t done any decluttering in a while, I have one question for you; how does your home and your stuff make you feel now? Good? That’s awesome! A little overwhelmed or suffocated by stuff? You might want to keep reading…
#2 – YOU PROBABLY HAVE THE TIME TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
While a lot of people are working from home, there are still more waking hours in the day (hopefully) than the ones filled with your job. I don’t know about you, but I can only watch so much Disney+ with the kids or stare at a computer screen for so long.
Sometimes you just have to get up and clean something. I make a point a few times a year to do a thorough purge of all rooms in the house. The remainder of the time I keep an empty box in the laundry room and when I come across something I no longer need or want it goes in the box. Once I have a box or two filled I drop it off at a donation center. It’s a pretty efficient system to keep the stuff in check.
Now is a great time to set aside some screen-free time and have a little (or a big) declutter session. If you have trouble staying focused pick one room, set a timer, and work until the timer goes off. If you feel good about the progress and want to continue simply reset the timer. Even a little progress every day can add up to a big difference, and a lot less stuff in your home.
REASON #3 TO GO MINIMALIST NOW – GIVE YOURSELF A FRESH START AND MORE RELAXING SPACE ONCE THIS QUARANTINE PERIOD IS OVER
A lot less stuff in your home can also mean a little less stress; with fewer headaches dealing with said stuff it’ll take less time needed to clean and maintain your home! Why not make your home the sanctuary it is supposed to be? When you are able to go back out into the world you have a calm, safe, peaceful place to retreat to at the end of the day.
Isn’t that what home is supposed to be anyway? As I mentioned previously in the post 3 Tips to Gain Peace of Mind, we are the gatekeepers of our home. Once I realized that and started acting accordingly it was very therapeutic. Home doesn’t stress me out anymore.
IT WASN’T ALWAYS LIKE THAT THOUGH…
In the past, I made several frenzied purges seeking some peace and space. I had to realize that there was a lot more to it than eliminating stuff from my home (and not accumulating more); I had to confront the past and admit why I felt the way I did about the stuff in the first place, why I spent money mindlessly, and decide to do more about it than just get rid of the stuff.
Stuff is most likely a symptom and not the root of the problem. I wrote in one of my first posts, Beginnings of a More Minimalist Approach, that I come from a long line of stuff collecters. Not understanding the root of the problem affected relationships, it affected me. I had a long way to go before I felt any peace about that. Minimalism helped, but it took a lot more work than just giving up stuff.
I had to give up misconceptions about the past. The experience influenced the way I want to parent my children. I’ll admit, this isn’t where I thought this post was going when I started it, but here we are. Maybe a little self-evaluation is in order.
WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?
Or at least a good declutter… All you have to lose is stuff you don’t need anyway and the potential to gain so much space in your home and your life! Space for what truly matters! I’d like to think we will come out of this experience better than when we started.
Minimalism might be one way to help. I will be back on the YouTube channel with a video talking more about this on Thursday! I will link it here then. Until next time, stay safe, stay home, and stay healthy my frugal friends. And just maybe, decide to go minimalist!