First Step Into Minimalism - Getting Our House In Order
A few days ago, I had several design deadlines due all at once and found myself feeling completely overwhelmed. Unfortunately, when I feel this way, I often end up doing a totally unrelated task rather than taking care of the true source of anxiety. This time it was cleaning my office top to bottom. If only I could clear my work space, I would have a clear mind… right?
After staying up late to actually finish the projects that were now technically past due, I took a step back to reflect on my procrastination habits.
Cleaning and organizing makes me feel temporarily in control. But once I finish, I still haven’t completed the pressing task and the original anxiety I had before has only been amplified. I have always done this for as long as I can remember. Big test tomorrow? Better clean the whole house! Major life decision to make? Time to start a new art project!
We already have the desire (and really the need) to go minimalist in every aspect of our lives. We have already downsized several times from living in a studio apartment, to moving across the country, to our recent downsizing efforts in the kitchen and our closets… but there is still so much work to be done.
This recent episode made me realize that I need to go ahead and discard, donate, or sell as much as possible to prevent myself from having the cleaning procrastination opportunity in the future.
I just finished listening to the audio book by Marie Kondo, the world famous “Tidying Consultant” and it gave me a newfound enthusiasm to “Discard anything that does not spark joy”. Her method is simple: hold each item in your hand and ask “Does this bring me joy?”. if the answer is no, let it go!
My enthusiasm must have been infectious because Zac got on board too and this weekend, we put our house in order!
Every closet, every drawer, every item in our house has been addressed. This is a photo of our mud room with the stuff we are selling or donating. We will be also getting rid of much more (mostly furnishings) once we are close to our bus move-in date!
We have both found that downsizing is quite addictive! It has been slowly changing the way I think about new purchases and I feel like it is changing my whole outlook.
At the end of the day, I just want to live a simple, un-cluttered life. I feel that it is true if you can de-clutter your home and workspace, you also free up space in your mind for what is really important to you.
“The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life.” – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying