The more I talk about minimalism, the more I come into contact with people who want to try it out. I am always hearing things about how people need to have less, need to declutter, and need to change. That is wonderful. I am always happy to inspire people to change their lives in a way that I feel is positive. But before you go changing your life, you need to ask yourself why.
My why is made up a few different things. It started with a need to declutter and free up space. Then, it morphed into a desire to spend less money. And eventually, my why reached a level of being a need for peace and happiness.
If I were to sum up my why in one sentence, it would be that life is greater than stuff.
The journey to minimalism has brought me to a place where I realize that my life and the people I share it with mean much more to me than all the possessions I have. For a while there I wasn’t so sure. It seemed like buying things began to take over, and keeping those things was suffocating.
Back when this journey started, there was stuff everywhere! I began by trying to declutter it all. I wanted more space. It was as simple as that.
But the decluttering brought about a realization that if I just hadn’t bought all the stuff to begin with, I would have a lot of extra money to live with. That is where the first shift in my why happened. I started to see having less as a way of having more in terms of finances.
The great minimalism purge that brought me to where I am now has definitely saved my family tons of cash, and it has most certainly freed up a lot of space.
So why continue? Why keep on living in this minimalist lifestyle now that I have reduced the excess and gotten my finances under control?
Because I choose happiness over the stuff. I choose life over gadgets and gizmos.
Life is greater than the stuff.
Living a minimalism lifestyle, the way I live it, means that I have more time to enjoy my family. There is less need to organize and clean. There is less around me to declutter.
This minimalist life means I have more money to do activities that will create memories with my family. Buying less stuff to take up physical space leaves us with more opportunity to do things that take up heart space. And heart space is good real estate to own!
I find that I am happier living this way, and I am experiencing a newfound sense of peace. I think a lot of that happiness and peace is due to the fact that by getting rid of so much excess stuff in the way, I have been able to refocus on what really gives life meaning. For me, that means my relationship with God. I don’t have the excuses of household work holding me back from time with Him. The fact is, we own a small house with not much stuff in it to deal with on a daily basis. I cleared away the stuff that blocked my view of the Father, and I know that pleases Him. The peace I feel is all from God.
So if you are one of those people who wants to start a more minimalistic lifestyle, I encourage you to ask yourself why. Figure out what it means to you. Don’t worry about what it means to me or anyone else… it’s your journey. Answer the why, and expect it to change a few times through the process as you grow and learn and become more of what you are hoping to be.
And one day, come back on here and let me know that you’re choosing happy because life is greater than stuff. I’d love to hear from you!