Minimalism Our Way

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The following is a guest post from the blogger behind Becoming Minimalist. I’ve been inspired and encouraged by his family’s journey to simplify and minimize the clutter in their lives, and I hope you will be too!

In May 2008, my family of four decided to become minimalist. And since then, we have been on a journey to define what that means.

We live in suburbia. We have two small children. We are active in our community. We love to entertain and show hospitality. While not exceptional, our life is not identical to anybody else. It is our life – nobody else’s. And if we were going to become minimalist, it would have to be a style of minimalism specific to us. It would requires us to ask questions, to give-and-take, to identify what we most value and be humble enough to change course when necessary.

Eventually, we defined minimalism in four aspects:

1. We will remove all “clutter” from our lives.

This process began with physical items as we moved from room to room selling, donating, and recycling everything that we no longer used. Our home began to give life and energy rather than draining it. As we began clearing physical clutter from our lives, we noticed opportunity to remove other non-physical clutter from our lives: emotional clutter, relational clutter, and spiritual clutter. Since then, we have worked hard to maintain a clutter-free life.

2. We will decorate in a minimalist style.

Since becoming minimalist, we have removed numerous pieces of furniture and countless decorations from our walls and shelves. What remains is not just clean, sleek, and modern, but is meaningful. The decorations and paintings that remain are the pieces most dear to our souls and lives. And our house draws praise from many who enter and enjoy its simple beauty.

3. We will use our money for things more valuable than physical possessions.

Madison Avenue has controlled our finances for too long. Since the day I was born, it has told us what needs to be bought, when it needs to be purchased, and what store we should visit to find the best value. When we chose freedom from material possessions, we broke the control that our consumer-driven, capitalistic society has over us. Suddenly, we have been freed to use our finances to pursue endeavors far greater than those offered at our local department store.

4. We will live a counter-cultural life that is attractive to others.

We have met many minimalists over the past year that live a life that is far from attractive to us. They have sold all their possessions to live communally on a farm… no, thanks. They have listed all their possessions on a sheet of paper and determined to eliminate all but 100… no, thanks. Instead, we have determined to live out a rational minimalism that fits our lifestyle and invites others to simplify their lives as well.

Benefits of Minimalism Our Way

The benefits of our decision are unmistakable: more freedom, more impact, more time, and less stress. Since our decision, we have encouraged thousands of households around the world to simplify their life, remove clutter, and become minimalist. After all, if this typical family of four in the suburbs can become minimalist, so can you!

For more about one family’s journey of Becoming Minimalist, be sure to check out their blog, where they share tips and lessons learned along the way.

Have you heard of minimalism before? Is it something that appeals to you and makes you want to simplify? If so, what’s  holding you back?

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About the Author

Mandi Ehman

Hi. My name is Mandi and I’m an organizing junkie. I’m also a wife, and Momma to four little girls (5, 3.5, 2 and a new baby!). I've worked at home since our oldest was a baby, and like a lot of other moms, my life is a constant balancing act of caring for my family and my home, meeting my obligations and finding time for hobbies in there somewhere. Oh, yeah, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m somewhat of a kitchen dunce and I only like to pretend that I’m crafty. Read more here!

6 Responses to “ Minimalism Our Way ”

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  2. This is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. Love this idea….I especially appreciated their attitude that they will live in a way that fits their lifestyle, rather than follow a set of rules (such as only owning 100 items). I have been on a mission to declutter and remain decluttered for about 5 years. This post inspired me to shift my focus a bit and redirect toward a new way of thinking.

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  4. [...] keep it free from clutter. While there are varying degrees of this and not everyone chooses to live a minimalist lifestyle, there’s no way to get around the need to declutter regularly as part of your simplifying [...]

  5. Getting rid of all types of clutter is one of my main goals in life. Once the clutter is gone (physical and mental), we are free to spend our time and resources on what matters most in this world.

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