Lately the hubs has been interested in the concept of minimalism. Well, I take that back. He has ALWAYS been interested in the idea of it with the usual quip of “less is more” gracing our home about once a week. However, over the last few months he’s taken to reading blogs on minimalism and he’s subsequently been sending me various blogs to check out.
Of course I have my own opinions when he suggests (as he once did) that we buy a big piece of land somewhere and live in a yurt, but I generally listen and try to figure out what minimalism means to me and try and picture a less is more lifestyle.
I feel as though we already do a fair job at keeping things simple. We do at least one massive purge a year, if not two. We like to keep our house uncluttered (sans my closet, of course), and now that we’re about to have an instant family with the twins due shortly, we’re both excited to start shipping out the baby stuff as soon as they grow out of it.
Mark has already started the big purge and sold his drum kit, his motorcycle helmets and gear (since there is no longer a motorcycle), and he’s even listed his Fender Stratocaster that he has barely used and only purchased two years ago (any takers?).
We even have plans to get rid of one of our two desks, go through our book collection, and see what’s in the boxes in the garage that haven’t been opened since we moved in.
While this is all great, there is definitely more to be done…. I’ve started making a list of different zones in the house to go through, because I feel it will be easier to tackle compartment by compartment. Even though we moved into this house a little over two years ago and went through things before the big move, we still have a mountain of things we don’t use. Ever.
What is exciting to me, is imagining a less cluttered kitchen. Drawers where you can find things. A full understanding of exactly how many water bottles we have so I simply stop buying them. And (gasp) less clothes and shoes in my closet.
How It All Started
You’ll have to forgive me, but I’m not exactly sure how it started for the hubs, but one day he started reading different blogs on minimalism and then he’d send them to me to read so we could discuss.
In the beginning I didn’t have much time to read them, but then he wouldn’t stop talking about them so I figured I’d see what all the fuss was about. In my opinion, a lot of the minimalist blogs out there are coming from narcissistic fools who don’t have children and can easily live a lifestyle where they only own 50 things. Or there’s the one guy who has five kids (or six?) and lives in San Francisco and spends a great deal of time putting himself on a pedestal for all the great things he’s accomplished since becoming minimalist (so very San Francisco of him).
But then — and thank god — Mark stumbled upon Becoming Minimalist. It’s not extreme, and it’s far from narcissistic. It’s simply about a suburban family in Vermont who slowly decided that having less in their lives ultimately made their lives richer. Gone are the days of cleaning out the garage only to put everything back in to it, or worse, buy more crap to fill it with.
Come to think of it, I think the reason why we’re going down this journey and ended up making lists, not of things to buy, but of things to get rid of, is because we have two more little ones joining our lives in a matter of weeks. As we look at our son today who is now almost two, we’re realizing just how fast time flies and if we have to spend one more weekend not paying attention to him and going through all the useless crap we’ve accumulated over the past year, we might just explode.
After all, working long weeks coupled with a long commute, only to come home to children who are ready for bed, and then spending weekends dealing with “stuff” instead of making memories doesn’t bode well for a quality and meaningful life.
Least not for us.