Creating space in my home was not a process.
I did it in an extreme way.
However, I did it 4 times….
I didn’t really know about minimalism at the time.
The first time I ditched everything it was because I left a dangerous situation and got divorced.
I enjoyed the freedom. But I thought I “should” rebuild. So I gathered stuff.
(Sidenote: Never do what others think you “should”)
Then I moved into an apartment in a city.
It was coming along beautifully.
But a glitch in a divorce (not mine) got me court ordered to leave the property with only my 2 week old infant, my children, and what I could collect in 30 minutes.
The rest of my belongings were never recovered.
That was quick decluttering!
Court case resolved, my husband and I blended families and created another apartment in a different city.
More clutter, more money and time spent, less connection. I didn’t want another divorce!
We needed to spend time together, and with our growing children who needed more attention than ever!
So we moved into an RV with all the kids and hit the road.
It took a big box truck (plus a few trash cans) to haul away everything we got rid of.
Even the kids jumped on board, and happily downsized to owning just 3 bins of “stuff”.
But we were happier than ever!
The oldest kids aged out and we did it once more…
From RV to van living, another extreme declutter.
I have never been happier or had more time.
I don’t own many things (everything for our family can fit in a minivan when necessary.)
But I don’t have a rent payment, don’t need the current fashions.
I found freedom. I was able to discover my magic.
I want this freedom for you.
That’s why I created this blog.
Let your inner magic be released.
It can’t happen to the fullest until your stress has been cut way down!
Start with your physical environment.
If you are serious about living a more simplistic, clutter-free life, then there’s an in-depth guide will help you achieve your goals.
You’ll build up the comfort level of getting rid of things, journal thru your feelings connected to physical possessions, and get fully organized in your home.
In this blog we’ll also cover relationship clutter, schedule decluttering, and digital decluttering!
(All of which I’ve implemented as we traveled, and in my work as a productivity analyst for small businesses!)
Your life is going to be so free!
Minimalism is absolutely essential for full time travel.
I have come to love it, value it as muchfor the freedom it provides as the money it saves.
Here are a few things I’d like to point out:
- Removing distractions – constant cleaning, organizing, rearranging, paper clutter, digital clutter… it all eats up not only time, but energy!
- A focus on healthy living – when you only have a few things that you really enjoy you can be very intentionalwith your time, diet, finances, and schedule (all of which determine your overall health.)
- Reconnecting with your dreams – minimalism gives you a chance to really evaluate what brings you joy and lights up your soul… and the time to pursue those things!
- Getting rid of overwhelm – it’s amazinghow much stress lifts off your shoulders as you rid your online and offline environment of excess THINGS.
- Capsule wardrobes – when you have less, naturally it’ll include clothing. I personally wear primarily black, in all styles. They are easy to stuff into a bin, and stay cleaner longer (travel is dirty people 🤣) All of my clothes fit into a 18″ x 18″ x 12″ cubby, and so does everyone else’s in the family. We gravitate to darker colors for everyone.
- Financially smart – I used to go to the mall and feel bad about all the things I couldn’t afford. Now I go to the mall to enjoy the sights, sounds, Chinese food, and an amazing feeling of not only do I not need the things, I don’t even want them. (Side note- before minimalism even the Chinese food might’ve been out of the budget.)
- Organized and relaxed spaces – each space in your home should be used for a specific purpose, and itemsin that space should support this. We are very diligent to be sure everyone has their own sleeping/escape area, and keep minimal supplies that take up space. Most items have a double use.
- Appreciating what you have – each item you own will positively contribute to your life and happiness, and it’s easy to acknowledge your gratitude for its role in your life.
- Stress relief – strategically designing your environment, schedule, social media feed, email inbox, etc. allows you to feel both in control (a human necessity, don’t deny it 😉) and eager to see what the days and hours hold rather than dreading them.
- Environmentally and globally responsible – buying less also equals throwing less away. Plus we’re not unknowingly contributing to the nearly slave labor that is often employed to create imported goods.
Minimalism is NOT:
- An extremely strict set of rules – the way you embrace this lifestyle is up to you and you alone.
- Getting rid of everything you love – if you own it, be sure it contributes something positive to your life, and has an assigned space. It’s more of a mindful practice than a rule.
- Boring or unwelcoming environment – minimalism doesn’t equal staring at white walls, and only drinking from one cup. It’s an individual practice of loving your life!
- Empty rooms and sad children – children can fully embrace minimalism as well, I personally have 7 examples, but you can find many, many more.
- Never shopping again – first of all, this is impossible unless you make all your own clothes and grow all your own food. It’s just a practice of buying intentionally for the benefit of the family, and being willing to let go when it no longer brings you joy.
- Only about physical items – minimalism lifestyles also evaluate your schedule, your contacts, digital clutter, even mental clutter.
- Only for rich people – I know minimalism is everywhere right now…on TV, books, movies, even reality shows. It’s still completely applicable to your life, your family, and can contribute greatly to your happiness.
- Everyone lives in RV’s – I know, I know…I can’t talk. I love RV living. But minimalism is relevant for the location bound families as well 🤣.
- So restrictive it makes things harder – although I don’t have a bread maker when I feel like having fresh bread, and no sewing machine to whip up new curtains, minimalism has only made us more creative. It’s Figureoutable ❤
- Just being frugal- there’s much more to embracing this lifestyle than just not spending money. Frugality is more of a perk than a gateway.
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