January 2, 2019
Today starts day two of Allie Casazza’s #declutterlikeamother challenge. If you aren’t familiar with it head on over to her website here! 30 days of decluttering for the mom ( or anyone! ) who is over the mess. I thought it would be nice to do a little introduction to minimalism to break down the million misconceptions. Starting with the fact that we’re all weirdos who live in all white houses (okay… I would if I could…) with bare walls and one fork.
In our consumption based fear of missing out society we are parted like the Red Sea on so many things. Not to mention everyone has an opinion on everything #amiright? And living a minimalistic lifestyle is no exception. The textbook definition from Merriam-Webster is this…
Definition of minimalism
1: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
I don’t know about you but extreme anything isn’t my cup of tea. Real life minimalism for me isn’t living with all white walls and no home decor. Tjmaxx and target are two of my faaaavorites. Along with every single thing Joanna Gaines has ever done. But instead of buying everything I love, I can now look at it, enjoy it, be inspired by it, and leave it on the shelf.
If it doesn’t meet a need in the home then it isn’t coming. Sometimes a “need” can be a picture frame you’ve been wanting for a corner table. Or a new hand towel to freshen up the bathroom. There aren’t specific “rules” that I follow. This is so not about another thing to get right or do wrong. It is about lots of grace and being intentional -specific- with our choices.
I could buy dishes all day long. I absolutely love them, especially if they are blue and white. But if I say yes to 3 or 4 sets of dishes then I’m saying an equal no to myself, my family, or GPP. Because those things take time to take care for. So forget the “extreme spareness” and tell me, what do you want to spend your time caring for?
Let’s be intentional. Together.
Want to follow along as I tackle the clutter in our house on the farm? Instagram is where I’m at and I’d love to see you there!