I might be in the minority, but clutter drives me insane. Literally–crazy! I feel like my mind is cluttered and I can’t think. I start yelling a lot more than normal. Then I usually stop, look at my surroundings, and realize that my house isn’t neat and organized the way I prefer it to be.
There is just something inside me that thrives on organization. However, having two small kids the organization part gets lost sometimes. I don’t have animals because I don’t want an extra mess to clean up at the end of the day. (edited to add: I lost my mind and got a puppy.)
I started doing some reading and discovered the principles of minimalism would be beneficial for me to follow. Having less stuff leaves less opportunity to create messes (since the mess can only be as big as the items it encompasses). Having less stuff means having more space. Having less stuff means organization comes a lot easier. Having less stuff and less messes means more free time because you aren’t spending it cleaning, organizing, and taking care of all that extra stuff. Sign me up!
There is no guide-book on minimalism (there’s actually a lot but you will find that they are all different). An extreme minimalist only possess the bare minimum needed for survival. Most extreme minimalists can fit all of their possessions in their backpack! If you have moved before, you probably know that you don’t ever want to do it again. That’s because you have so many possessions that it becomes a gruesome task. It takes some people 6 months to unpack all of their belongings simply because that much stuff is overwhelming! Think about how awesome it would be to just be able to throw on your backpack and move. There’s a lot less stress involved when less stuff is involved.
Example: If 4 people live in your house, you don’t need 50 towels! (Go ahead, count them! I did and was shocked–we had 48!) We now have 12 towels which is still a little more than we need, but it’s a number that works well for us since I only do towel laundry once a week.
In the future you will see posts about me getting rid of mounds of stuff during one of my minimalist binges and I just felt like I needed to give you a little back story first.
Does the idea of having less stuff intrigue you? Here’s a few of my favorite minimalist things:
- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
- The Minimalist Mom Blog
- The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life (I’ve read this book multiple times!)
- The Project 333 This is a clothing challenge that has many great benefits!