Home After School

I think for a while I’m going to do a sort of mini series where I talk about different reasons that are inspiring me to change my lifestyle. This is the first in a line of reasons that I’m planning on talking about every day. Let’s get into it!

A very big reason for my wanting to become a minimalist, which I talked about already in this post, is the fact that I want to go tiny. My dream home is a custom tiny house, no lie. There’s something so appealing about tiny houses to me. Of course they’re adorable, but they’re also totally customizable which is a big appeal to me. I love the fact that I can have control of what exactly my house will look like. Anthor big reason I love tiny homes is because they’re very affordable. You can do a complete build for a few thousand dollars and seeing as I’m already in a heap of student loan debt and still have two years of school left, the cheaper a living arrangement the better. Plus, it’s not like renting a place, where I’ll never own whatever I’m renting, I’ll actually own my tiny house and that’s a huge bonus to me. Going tiny, of course, means having less space to put things, so minimalism and the tiny house vement go hand in hand. Now, there are people who aren’t minimalists who live tiny, but I think minimalism is definitely a huge help when you live in a tiny house. And since I absolutely plan on buying a tiny house I figure why not take the plunge into minimalism now and then when I go tiny the transition will be a lot easier.

Another thing that’s kind of related to home, but also kind of to travel is that I, for some reason, am driven to be able to fit everything I own into my car with room to spare. Mind you, I drive a ford explorer, so it’s not a small vehicle, but it certainly isn’t a huge vehicle. Ideally I’d love to be able to fit all my belongings into a small car like a neon but that’s quite a ways down the road.

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Some Changes. Yes, Already. 

I’m a decidedly indecisive person by nature. I think I’m going to be making some posts related more to health and beauty things on this blog as well. I’m going to try and keep my content mostly focused on lifestyle, minimalism in particular, but to ensure longevity of my page, I think adding posts of this nature will help. I mean, eventually, I’ll accomplish my goal of living a fully minimalistic lifestyle and once I’m there, I think I’ll need some other topics to talk about, so I’m just starting now because why not?! So yea, keep an eye out for some fun beauty and health related content in the very near future! 

Spring Cleaning

Happy first day of spring! I honestly didn’t realize that I started my minimalism challenge so close to the spring equinox, it’s fitting I suppose. Cleaning out my life of useless junk, spring cleaning… It’s a happy coincidence. And today, I think I’m going to talk about cleaning out your life in general.

I think we all carry a lot of junk around in our lives. Of course we all have things junk, physical items that we accumulate, shoes, clothes, electronics.. the stuff everyone thinks about when you say the word “junk”, but we have other junk too. Shitty people who drag us down, crap relationships that don’t raise us up or make us happy, addictions and other vices that aren’t healthy for us either physically or mentally. “Junk” can cover a lot of bases and these are just a few things that it can mean in relation to our lives. While it’s nice and sometimes crucial to clean the physical junk up and out of our lives, I think it’s even more important to clean out our lives of all the negative things that aren’t posessions.

I have lots of life junk and I’m working on clearing it out while I’m cleaning out the unnecessary possessions in my life. I have crappy relationships that I for some reason can’t seem to end, so I’m working on getting out of those because I hate feeling like shit because of some other person. I also have my fair share of unhealthy vices that I know I need to work on. Some of them are in the process and others I haven’r fully come to terms with the fact that I need to stop, but it’s all a process. I don’t think I’ll ever be done working on things like this because life changes, things change and people come and go from our lives. It’s all a matter of continuous monitering and making sure that the things in your life, all of them, even the people, bring you absolute happiness.

So while you’re doing your spring house cleaning, take the time to evaluate your life and maybe do some spring cleaning for your soul as well.

What’s Important

Today I’m going to talk about what’s really important to me. The things that add real value and happiness to my life. I think this is an important thing to know on the journey to living a minimalist life. As I think most practicing minimalists will tell you, getting rid of the stuff is one thing, but if you don’t know why you’re getting rid of it you’ll accumulate it all again in a few months. I figured that sitting down and spelling out exactly what makes me happy will help me in the future when I’m out and I see something and “Oh I want that!” pops into my head. Because I love to shop and I know that’s something that’s going to happen eventually. So whithout further ado and in no particular order, here are the things that bring me real joy and add immense value to my life…

Music.  I LOVE music. Music is like a warm fluffy blanket on a cold day to me. It helps when I’m sad and can’t leave my bed, when I’m happy and out with friends. It’s always there and it honesly has a huge impact on my quality of life. Because of this I know for a fact that having devices to play/listen to music on are essentials for me. My records and player, my phone dock, headphones (although maybe not all three pairs). They’re vital.

Crafts/Art. A definite for me to have a happy and meaningful life. I’m in school getting a degree in crafts at the moment so if that doesn’t speak to the necessity of things in this category I don’t know what will. However, I have a mass quantity of craft supplies. The crafter in me wants to say you can never have too many craft supplies, but the part of me that wants to only have meaningful things in my life is saying that I really don’t need hundreds of skeins of yarn or mountains of paper, or three of the same crochet hook, and all the other things I’ve accumulated over the years. Paring things in this category down to the bare essentials is definitely going to be difficult for me, but I’m focused on my end goal.

Makeup. This, I’m sure, will make some people raise their eyebrows. “but you don’t need makeup to live.” Well, as a resource, you are correct. But makeup is soothing for me. I feel like this might fall under the crafts category in a way, because honestly, makeup is an art form. I love having the ability to create a mini work of art on my face every day that everyone gets to see. I love the way wearing makeup makes me feel, powerful, confident, in charge. Granted I definitely need to pare down here too. I have lots of things I rarely or never use that just sit on my vanity. Again, this will be hard to pare down, but I think I have a system for how I’m going to do this. And my friends will love me when I’m handing out free MAC lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes haha.

My pets. I have two guinea pigs, Zeus and Tallulah. They’re essentially my children even though only one lives at school with me. Obviously, they have things they need and I really don’t keep extra things for them, so there isn’t anything to pare down here. But really this list isn’t “Things I need to pare down”, although that’s kind of how it’s started out,  it’s “Things that are important to me”. And my babies are very important to me. I have depression and if you’ve ever struggled with that you’ll know how amazing it can feel to have a warm lovely thing that loves you unconditionally and will cuddle with you when you’re upset. It’s a life saver.

My family. My family are the most supportive amazing people I have ever met. My mom is literally my best friend and I’m insanely close with my immediate family. I think this is something that would make a lot of people’s hypothetical “important” lists.

Fall weather. I don’t think I have ever experienced something as sweet as driving around on a cool fall day with music blasting; or going for a walk when the leaves are starting to change and there’s a slight breeze and you can smell the air changing. It’s a magical experience and it’s my favorite thing in the entire universe.

There are, of course, other things that add great value to my life. Things that make me truly happy, but these are the main things. These are things that I couldn’t in a million years imagine living without. As I mentioned before, these aren’t things that necessarily need to be or can be pared down. That isn’t what this list is about. This list is about what I could never live without. Things that make me happy and that add immeasurable value to my life. I think if you’re thinking about going minimalist, you should make a list like this. I feel like sitting down and thinking about these kinds of things will really help on my journey into the lifestyle. When I’m out and see something that I want, I’ll be able to reflect on what truly matters to me and hopefully that will help me decide if I do or do not truly need whatever I’m considering.

 

Why Minimalism?

Why am I doing this? 

I decided to take the plunge for several reasons. The main reason I’m going minimalist is simply because I’m feeling incredibly overwhelmed by things. The longer I’ve been at school the more I’ve noticed that I love stuff. I love to accumulate things even if I don’t really need said things. Which is a realization that I’ve only recently made. At any rate, accumulating random junk is my main driver in going minimalist.

Another reason for my jump into the lifestyle is ease of life. I feel like by going minimalist it will make every day life, at least slightly, easier. I won’t have to worry about what to wear, because I’ll only have things I love. I won’t have to worry about what things I should use because I will only have one of exactly what I need. I just think life will be much more simplified by going minimalist.

My final major reason for jumping into minimalism is the fact that I want to go tiny. For a few years now, I’ve been obsessed with the tiny house movement. Ever since I first heard about tiny homes I’ve known I wanted to own one and live my life in it. There is something so oddly satisfying about a tiny house to me. The ability to move around, but take my home with me, the fact that they’re so cute, the option to customize it and make it exactly what I want, the fact that owning one isn’t going to put me into a huge amount of debt more than I already am… There are a plethora of reasons why I want to go tiny. But obviously, living tiny means owning less. With the fact that I know I will own a tiny home at some point in the future, I think minimalism makes a lot of sense. And I think it will be easier to start now, when I really don’t have that many possessions, than it would be to start in a few years when I’ve been living on my own and have accumulated even more than I currently have. If  I start now, I’ll develop the habit of only bringing things into my life that are necessary and add value. Which in turn, will make going tiny in the future that much easier.

So that’s why I’m doing this. Of course, these are only the big reasons, the main driving factors. There are lots of smaller reasons for doing this as well, but they aren’t as important to me and don’t really have that much push behind them. I honestly wish I had the time and resources to go all in right now and have a packing party, but unfortunately I don’t. But I can’t wait to dive in all the way and start living a life full of only things that have a purpose. I can’t wait to have a much more meaningful life.