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3 REASONS TO GO MINIMALIST NOW!

 

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.

Related: Check out the declutter session on my YouTube channel!

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!

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30 Comments

  1. Hi Cassie,
    This is the first post that I read on your blog and I’m totally loving it!
    Everyday we are surrounded by so many things and choices that we have to make everyday in life.
    Becoming a minimalist and have fewer stuffs means less mess, less stress and choices.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

    INXSKY | Go Minimal, Stay Beautiful.
    Gold Stackable Rings

    1. Yeah! I’m glad you liked it! You should check out the new book club! We’ll cover one book a month on the topics of minimalism, budgeting, and nontoxic living!

  2. I’ve cut back on a lot of clutter over the past few years and it’s made my life so much calmer and simpler! I can actually find things without having to root through 3 cupboards and 5 drawers first 😀 I love your tips here and they’ve inspired me to do some more decluttering – thanks for sharing!

    1. Aw! Enjoy your decluttering!

  3. This is a great post Cassie! I’ve been wanting to take a step towards minimalism for a while now – and I guess now is the best time to do it!!

    Roni | myelevatedexistence.com

    1. Yeah! How exciting! I have lots more minimalist posts on here! And videos on YouTube! Good luck on your minimalist journey. And thank you for reading!

  4. I’d like to think I’m quite minimalist as I prefer to spend my money on travel and experiences rather than things. I definitely still have some work to do though! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Thank you for reading!

  5. These are great tips! I think I enjoy being a minimalist – fewer choices, less stress haha! 🙂

  6. loved to read your thoughts on minimalism. I definitely agree that less is more and that it is a way lighter feeling if you own less stuff.

    1. Aw, thank you Miri! It is definitely a freeing feeling to get to a manageable amount of stuff.

  7. I love a good declutter and totally agree with all of your reasons! I hate being at home surrounded by things that don’t need to be there, especially when it’s taking space from something practical xx

    Hannah | https://luxuryblush.co.uk/

    1. Yes! Thank you for reading Hannah!

  8. I’ve began to declutter most of my belongings and it was really eye-opening. You don’t realize how much stuff you have you just don’t really need! I’ve been thinking about minimalism and I’m taking this as a sign to go for it!

    1. Yes! You won’t regret it!

  9. I have so much stuff. I was given tons of baby clothes that I don’t want to get rid of just in case, but it crowds up the house. It’s hard to know what to keep sometimes. I just try not to accumulate more stuff!

    1. I kept SO MUCH with our first child it was insane! I saved all these adorable girl clothes and… we had a boy! I loaned out quite a few baby things to relatives in between to get them out of my house and was given several more hand me downs when the second child arrived. I understand the feeling.

  10. Clutter is definitely a great stressor when you’re surrounded by so much junk everyday that you normally don’t see because you’re out and about. This lockdown has inspired me to clean so much!

    1. I’m sure you’re not the only one! Sitting at home with all your stuff can be mind-opening! Thank you for reading!

  11. All three of these reasons have gotten through to me, so I feel like a clearout is due soon… I had a HUGE minimalist clearout a few years ago – I pretty much got rid of everything except some clothes and my bedding – but the stuff has been creeping back and I’ve been feeling more and more stressed about it.

    1. It adds up quickly if you don’t pay attention, doesn’t it?!

  12. I absolutely love this! I love taking time to declutter once every few months. I am a bit of a hoarder, but I admit that there’s nothing better than having a clean and organized space. We don’t really need everything we have. So, it’s important to find balance and get rid of clutter. Thank you for sharing!

    Much love always,
    GABBY

    1. Thank you for reading Gabby!

  13. I completely agree with this. It hasn’t really been this situation that caused it to hit home for me – but I really noticed it when I first started working from home a little over 3 years ago. I can imagine that the feelings I felt then about suddenly being aware of the clutter in the home when I was around it all the time are similar to those that others are experiencing now. I couldn’t settle into my home office as a regular working space until I went through and did a big purge of all the ‘stuff’ that I no longer needed.

    1. Yes! It’s so liberating too isn’t it? My first few purges my husband had to back the SUV up to the front door I had so much to get rid of. I just couldn’t stand the sight of stuff anymore! Now all of our stuff is play food, kid books, toy cars, and baby dolls. And I didn’t buy 90% of it! But family asks before buying, which is very nice.

  14. Charity

    This is such a great post! Now is definitely the time to go more minimalist for sure since we are all stuck at home. I have definitely been trying to get rid of some things and declutter around the house a lot.

    1. Thank you Charity! I know I’ll be more than ready to drop off my donation boxes when the time comes!

  15. I wish I could be more of a minimalist; my wife is a sentimental saver. Naturally, this can lead to some conflict. Yesterday, she found a letter written by a recently deceased relative, and I was thankful that she had saved it. I guess it’s all about finding the right balance. Thanks for making me give thought to this.

    1. Minimalism and sentimentality don’t have to be at odds! I even recorded a YouTube video that addressed this! There is a balance!

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