After our family moved from a townhouse into a large 3,400 square foot home we never could have imagined that this big upgrade in life would actually start tearing us apart. Today I want to reflect after a year and a half, get really honest, and break down for you exactly what has changed in our lives for the better since the day we ditched the big house for a tiny “starter home.” Basically how downsizing helped our family overcome depression, avoid divorce, and reunite us as a whole.
Minimalism is meant to be about more than just the possessions that you own or the possessions that you let go of. It’s about a mindset. A way of life. Minimalism should help you to live an all-around simpler existence. But beyond downsizing your home or decluttering your stuff, how can you downsize your life? What changes can you make that can have a ripple effect on everything else? The answer is a lot simpler than you might think. One simple statement can help you get completely clear about how to downsize your life in all areas.
We are so fortunate to be alive during this awesome minimalist movement. When my family and I first started downsizing over a year ago, I started seeking out other like-minded people. I read books, joined Facebook groups and watched tiny house documentaries. Yet doing all of this, it’s kind of hard not to panic. “Do I have too much?” “If I’m not living in a tiny house can I call myself a minimalist?” How do you downsize and start minimalism with going overboard? Is there a way to keep a clutter free home when you still have items you want to purchase? I have the answer to all these questions. How you can create a peaceful, minimalist environment and still keep “stuff” in your life.
Want to know something? I originally wrote this post in the beginning of my minimalist journey. Right after we downsized our house and moved into a “starter home” that was 2,000 finished square feet smaller. Then I let all of those outside voices make me second guess everything I had written. It was one of my most-read posts and still, I changed it into a typical “diet” post. Simple ways to be healthier. Blah, blah blah. Now, I’m taking it back. We’re talking minimalist life diet. How the power of minimalism has the potential to spill into all areas of life if you allow it to do so. I promise, it will be the best thing you ever do.