Minimalism–Part Two (or is it three?)

We moved from a two bedroom house to a smaller place for a number of reasons. One of them was to lose some of the bills, and another was to try to determine what we could live without. Our new place was just too tiny, so after a year, we moved to a bigger place. With lots of windows. Have I mentioned how much I like windows?

Last week, my husband went to our storage unit and we began to look at a new mountain of stuff. And realize, once again, it’s a constant battle to be minimalist. Four bins and a box so far is the casualty count of items that are no longer necessary. We’re not done yet, I know. Once we are, just one last trip to remove the final items from storage. Looking forward to that. A new chapter will begin!

I realize that the important things in life aren’t actually things. They’re time to get goals achieved, such as writing. Time to build relationships.  Knowledge that only comes through experience and education. They’re not stuff that is outdated or holds you back. I cannot wait to donate all of the books that were once crucial..because I don’t need them anymore and don’t want to trip over them!

Minimalism isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. When we moved, I donated or sold about 80 boxes’ worth of stuff. This is much more manageable as long as I don’t procrastinate. I want this stuff donated or sold on eBay by the holidays….anyone want a book?

What can you let go of today? You might be amazed.

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4 thoughts on “Minimalism–Part Two (or is it three?)

  1. Yes! I can relate to the scope creep of stuff. My husband and I moved to a smaller place a few months ago and had a LOT of things to get rid of. Luckily, we live in a city, on a main road – so we’d regularly put stuff out on the sidewalk in a “Free” box. We also donated stuff to our local thrift shop. In my opinion, we still have way too much stuff, but I suppose that’s what happens when you marry a man who still has his flute from junior high band… which he NEVER uses (but I love him anyway).

    Good luck on your downsizing!

    1. Sarah, I would have loved to have had a chance to make a “free” box…but we were on a dead end street! Let’s just say that a number of thrift shops were blessed by us. Good luck to you on the journey to being more clutter free!

  2. I’m on the mimimalist train already and I always feel so ‘free & light’ after donating a bunch of stuff. I a huge non-horder but sometimes I look around like this week and think sheesh my room looks so bare I need more stuff – go figure that!

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