I love SIMPLE and inexpensive ways to do things, and I am slowly changing my husband’s frame of mind about frugality and saving money. I am constantly perusing Pinterest and some of my blogger friend’s sites to find awesome little nuggets of great information! Recently, I am very interested in minimalism; it is all about freeing yourself of possessions, guilt, and the rat race! You can bet you will hear me talk about this a lot more as we begin our journey (if he doesn’t think I’ve lost my mind and divorce me!) to minimalism.
On her blog the minimalist mom, Rachel Jonat shares her journey to do more with less. The family decided in 2010 to become minimalists– they purged themselves of lots of “stuff” including the family car, and never looked back. In just over a year, they had paid off $60,000 in debt and moved overseas with just suitcases and some boxes of housewares that they shipped. She has a book coming out in May called Do Less: A Minimalist Guide to a Simplified, Organized, and Happy Life. You can bet I am buying that one– I definitely want to be more like them.
Rachel’s latest idea is “one in, two out” which means that for everything they bring into their household, they must get rid of two things. I LOVE this premise, and I will be doing this in the new little place.
Lest you think minimalism is some crazy fad, you should know that The Minimalists, AKA Josh and Ryan have spoken about the trend at SXSW, Harvard Business School and TED; they have also written a bestselling book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, which debuted at Number 1 on Amazon. Obviously, there are lots of people interested in living a pared-down and SIMPLE lifestyle.
The Minimalists have a cool way of making minimalism fun– they suggest finding someone to play this game with and make it a competition. The game works by ridding yourself of one possession on the first day, two on the second, etc. You can sell, trash or donate things– but they must leave your home by midnight. As Ryan and Josh say, “You both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.”
I would love to ditch all our Earthly possessions and travel the world– and if it was not for the husband, I would probably be in Sicily right now. One person that has taken minimalism to heart and lives life on her own terms is Valen Dawson, author of the book, Dream Catcher: The Magic of Living your Dream Life. She also blogs at This Way to Paradise and Eating the Globe.
Recently Valen wrote a post about letting go of your “stuff” that I really took to heart. Honestly, there are very few physical possessions that I hold so dear I cannot let them go– Grandma’s rolling-pin, the gun my Dad taught me to shoot with when I was six, and my Mom’s cedar chest that came from her mother. If you look deep within yourself, you likely will see that 95% of the things you have, you can let go. As for me, I am lightening the load now— someday in the future, I hope to do the kind of globetrotting that Valen is now. Could her smile get any bigger?
Because I own a freelance writing and online marketing business, it was thrilling to find a post incorporating minimalism into the freelance world on the Microlancer Blog. It discusses removing distractions and clearing away anything not needed– this goes for the desk as well as the computer. (I know I get the most work done when the Internet is totally out!)
Check out the Minimalist Guide to Freelancing and pick up some great tips about removing distractions, balance and focus. I know that I did! Now what DOES this picture with these two adorable dogs have to do with minimalism? Read the post to find out!
What do you think of minimalism? Could you get rid of a lot of your Earthly possessions, and how would it change your life?