To live simply has never been more complicated and the root cause of so much confusion is the mass amounts of clutter stored in our homes – and in our minds.
We need to tackle the physical, consumable stuff one way and the emotional baggage another, but we do need to get rid of them simultaneously, otherwise the clutter that we are trying so desperately to get rid of, will find clever ways to accumulate again.
Once you have adopted some degree of minimalism in your life and you feel that you have gotten rid of all that you are willing to part with, but somehow you keep ending up with more stuff… you will reach a point where you ask “What’s next?”.
Decluttering is a process that prepares us mentally for more clutter coming back in. It is a routine that needs to be repeated often, even every month, or sooner.
Decluttering is the action of removing junk mail from the kitchen counter on a weekly basis, it is periodically going through your closet to get rid of items that don’t fit, only to realize that you wear half of what you own, and it is about collecting only the important emails “just in case” you should need to reference them again one day.
Decluttering often happens on schedule, and it is not necessarily a bad thing, after all there is something wonderful of getting rid of things that we once thought we needed! But, if you have stuff to declutter, it may mean that you have already spent your hard-earned money on something you no longer use, or were gifted items you wouldn’t have bought in the first place.
For contrast, uncluttering is a habit that increases your ecological consciousness over time.
You are uncluttering if you recycle every piece of junk mail as it comes in, even better yet if you stop it at the post office and request not to receive any advertisements at all. It is about having a tiny wardrobe that makes you feel comfortable and good about yourself, and it is about tossing those emails straight in the trash and deleting the bin regularly, not to let hundreds or thousands of messages build up. It is also about unsubscribing to newsletters, magazines and newspapers as soon as they no longer serve your interests.
Uncluttering is about saying no to many things, so that you can finally say yes to the experiences that really matter.
Simple living came into our lives more than 10 years ago, and with that slowing down of moving from the city to the countryside, minimalism followed suite.
Over a period of 8 years on our homestead we realized that life lived slowly and intentionally was far more rewarding than an overly busy, consumer-driven one. Through it all we had times of being extremely poor (in the sense of money, but not in time or happiness), we had to learn to forage for food and raise our own animals for meat and we have learned to appreciate the hard times just as much as the good ones.
We once had two cars, a television, closets full of clothes, camping equipment and skis that we rarely used, a plethora of CDs, hundreds of books and plenty of “disposable” credit that allowed us to eat out as often as we felt that we did not have the time or energy to cook for ourselves.
So, we have been there, done that. We too have played our parts as a typical consumers.
But, we have changed and we know that you can too! That is, when you feel you are ready to shift the paradigm that says you must consume to make the economy go around.
We left behind our conventional life and gained the freedom to live lightly.
And we love the journey so much that we want to share our experiences and stories with you!
It is not a rose-lined path, and we ourselves have run into challenging circumstances along the way, but with each struggle we gained strength and insight, and we have developed a strong sense of self-reliance that we hope can inspire you.
Newly we will be answering some of those questions by means of blog posts, newsletters, even video, so if you are curious about anything that you cannot find an answer to here on the blog, then click the above image to find out more.
If it is more personalized help and guidance that you need, we are also here to Skype with you for an hour at a time to direct you where you need to go.
Topics we can chat about include:
- green living
- ecological wardrobe
- gluten-free/paleo diet
- how to embrace your intuition
- or simply how to start your own blog and share your story with the world
Our experiences of ecological living and minimalist life are ready to be shared.
Are you ready to shift your focus and start living the life you want to live – not the lifestyle that society expects you to follow without questioning why?
If you wonder what it feels like to view life in a simple, minimal and eco-friendly way, just reach out and ask.
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Seek and you shall find that minimalism is all around you. You will only see it when you believe it.