It’s that time of the year! Spring is just around the corner and I am oh, so excited about it! Spring cleaning is about to be in full swing and I do not want you to think spring cleaning is limited to deep cleaning and decluttering! While that is definitely an exhilarating experience…at least to me! I don’t want you to forget about all the other ways you might need some serious decluttering! After a long winter (especially in Minnesota) I know my mind needs some sanity and sunlight. My body has been cooped up for far too long and it definitely needs some TLC too! That’s why we are going to go over these 25 ways to completely declutter your mind, body and home!
Today’s guest post is from Brynn of The Mama on the Rocks. She shares her family’s personal reasons for choosing the RV life and how they make it work for them.
Often times when people hear that I’m a minimalist they assume I am a hippy who lives entirely off the earth in a corn fueled van and I have renounced all my possessions. I have tried to be quite clear that minimalism to me is about simply clearing the clutter to get back to what’s really important. Despite my efforts, some people will never understand; and I’m ok with that. Beyond clutter and possessions, there is something much deeper that is plaguing the entire world now more than ever: depression. Minimalism for me has never been solely about stuff or what I own. It runs deeper than that, to a place that no one can see. 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. You can read the full story about our downsize here: How Downsizing Changed Our Family. I touch a bit on why we decided to downsize and what went down to make it happen. 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.
The attachment to our things is real. Sometimes we hold on to stuff because of a memory or a person that we have attached to it. Sometimes there is that nagging feeling that tells us, “You might need that someday!” However, stuff isn’t all minimalism is about. It’s about priorities and choosing what you want to have in your life.
Whatever the reason, it’s natural to want to keep your stuff around. But what happens when you want to keep your stuff but live a simpler, more minimalist lifestyle? Well, let me tell you it’s totally possible. In fact, it might be the best way to start!
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Going through my own minimalism journey I have really noticed just how much of the problem was my mindset. Everything I was doing on the outside was a basic reflection of just how messy I was feeling on the inside. Then I had the epiphany about The Minimalist Diet. Really, so much of what we do or where we struggle with over consumption all stems from our thoughts. So I did my research and I dug into my own struggles to come up with the 3 major thoughts keeping you in the clutter. Becoming minimalist all begins with checking your negative thoughts at the door starting with these three.
So you’ve seen all the shows, read all the articles and now you’re thinking this minimalist gig might be for you. Maybe your journey started something like mine? We moved into a big, beautiful house and slowly felt suffocated by the space and the clutter it took to fill those spaces. That’s when we downsized and discovered minimalism.
Depending on where you’re at in life and how much stuff you have with you, the idea of becoming a minimalist can be really overwhelming. So where do you even start? What should you not do? Don’t worry, I’ve got all the answers totally based off my own personal minimalist journey. Keep reading and I’ll fill you in on how to start being a minimalist and what not to do!