Did you know, according to LA Times, the average American household has 300,000 items in its possession? Crazy, right? I thought so too as I immediately starting observing my home.
Apparently these numbers include items such as paper clips to ironing boards. You can read the article in full here.
The British research found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily – The Telegraph. Wow!
Can you imagine 238 toys? That is just crazy to me. Of-course my son who is ten doesn’t have any toys.
Yes, you read that right. My son does not have any toys. Mostly because he is a computer nerd and may possibly be mildly autistic.
He has just never been much of toy kid. So we chose to donate his toys, Nerf Guns, when he got his first laptop.
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Minimalist living has always been normal for me. So when I became a self-proclaimed Minimalist I didn’t have much to learn because I already lived a Minimalism Lifestyle.
I have just always hated clutter and simple living was ideal.
However, when I consciously became aware of Minimalist Living I realized that so many mommas out there were struggling just to get through the day.
That is when I felt led to start this blog to help other mommas live a Minimalism Life and minimize to maximize!
What is a Minimalism Lifestyle?
A Minimalism Lifestyle is living with less. This can mean an array of things, literally.
For many Minimalist this means to downsize. For me and my family it means to buy and own less “things” and have less bills.
However, by owning less things and spending less money on stuff this allows us to do more of the things we love like random movie dates during the week. Ice cream trip to the local frozen custard shop. Or a family vacation.
What is the Point of Minimalism?
The point of Minimalism is to find what matters most in life.
Do you ever find yourself jumping from job to job? Running to buy the next new gadget? Or maybe you turn to food or shopping to cope.
No matter what it is you buy and spend your money on it isn’t going to fill that whole.
Matthew 6:19-21 proves this:
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
No matter what you do there will never be enough. Its a rabbit hole that most Americans are constantly trying to get out of.
But when you realize you can have everything you ever wanted and more by living a Minimalism Lifestyle you open doors for what really matters.
What are the Benefits of Minimalism?
There are many benefits of Minimalism such as:
- clarity of mind
- better health
- more time for what matters most
- extra money
I wrote an entire post based on this topic alone. You can read more about the benefits of Minimalism by clicking the related post link below (after you are done reading this post of-course 😉)
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Does Minimalism make You Happy?
Honestly I don’t believe neither Materialism nor Minimalism makes us happy. As a Christian I have been down both roads. And neither made me happy.
Can I say Minimalism has contributed to my happiness? Absolutely!
For starters I believe Materialism is a distraction that keeps us from focusing. It holds us in contempt and keeps us there. When all you can think about is the next best thing you tend to lose sight of what really matters in life.
Whether you are a believer or not Materialism destroys lives.
Many can argue that I’m a Christian so therefore I side with the Bible on Minimalism. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
All though I have always lived a Minimalist Lifestyle, I haven’t always known it. Nor did I understand Matthew 6:19-21.
Since becoming a self-proclaimed Minimalist I have been happier.
However, I personally believe this is because I am now able to focus on what matters most in my life. And I have found that I have a lot more time for God.
Just because I didn’t like stuff around my house I still had a problem with the Digital World.
I became what we call a “Course Junkie” in the blogging world. Since stopping the Shiny Object Syndrome in its tracks I have had more success than ever before and that too makes me happy!
If you struggle with Shiny Object Syndrome then check out the related post below.
How do I get Started with Minimalism?
Once you begin to see the benefits of minimalism, chances are good you’ll want to learn all you can about the concept as you start to put it into practice.
There are lots of resources to help you along your way.
However, there are so many that it can become overwhelming, very quickly, trying to determine which resources contain quality information.
I’m here to help you with that. The following five resources will help you to learn more and stay motivated as you embark on your minimalist path.
5 Trustworthy Resources for Beginners Minimalism
Becoming Minimalist is a blog written by Joshua Becker. The site boasts “hundreds of thousands of regular readers” and is a great place to discover a wide range of informative information on the concept of minimalism.
The site’s goal is to provide inspiration, and they sure do.
Not only will you find tons of educational blog posts, there’s also a magazine associated with the blog.
In addition, Joshua has written four popular books, as well.
Finally, Becoming Minimalist has an actively engaged community across social media.
So, if you like his style, you’ll be able to access plenty more of his wisdom.
The bloggers behind The Minimalists are Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.
These guys also offer a plethora of insight into minimalism with their blog, books, podcast, and even a documentary.
They’ve grown their expertise over a course of ten years when they realized their successful, consumer-driven life wasn’t making them happy.
Brooke, the author behind Slow Your Home, is an Australian who is currently traveling across Canada with her husband and two children.
She embarked upon her minimalism journey in 2011 upon being diagnosed with severe postpartum depression.
It was her desire to get rid of the excess in her life in order to rediscover what mattered most. And, boy, did she ever.
In just two years after beginning, she changed the course of her life and got rid of over 25,000 items.
Jenny Mustard is a vlogger from Berlin, Germany with a popular YouTube channel on a number of different topics, including feminism, vegan lifestyle, and Swedish design.
Of course, she’s also an expert in minimalism.
Check out her video, Top 5 Benefits of Minimalism, below.
In addition, Jenny has a popular podcast and book.
Finally, no roundup of experts in the field of minimalism can be complete without Marie Kondo.
She’s taking the world by storm with her minimalist approach to home organizing.
Kondo’s method is known as “KonMari”, and with it, she asks her clients to keep only the items that spark joy for them and to thank everything else for its service before sending it on its way.
She has a book and blog, but it’s her Netflix program, Tidying Up, that’s really captivated the public’s attention right now.
Simple Minimalist living for beginners doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you give these five resources a try!