This week my wife is going to write for the blog giving her point of view an what started out as my journey into minimalism. Since I have started my journey she has willingly decided to join me. We still have our email contest on, join our email list for a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Marie Kondo's the life changing magic of tidying up.
What happens when your husband decides to live a life of minimalism? And you have ALL THIS STUFF?
As I seen him start this journey, reading books, blogs, Facebook groups, documentaries. I thought "Oh No! Here goes my "stuff" and stuff , I have!
I'll admit, I was preparing my defence of why I was not joining him. Don't get me wrong, I supported his journey as long as he didn't touch my "stuff" I watched him like a hawk every time he grabbed a bag! He kept assuring me that he didn't expect me to minimize my "stuff"
Don't get me wrong, I fully supported him. I seen the excitement in his eyes, a little pep in his step as he started getting rid of "stuff" , picking out his 33 items of clothing etc. I love this man unconditionally, of course I would support him, as he supports me when I decide to try something new or take on a task. Just don't include my "stuff" in the journey.
That didn't last long.....He began to include me in the purge. Gently, very gently.
The first project was a bookshelf/cupboard that was full of a few books and a whole lot of other "stuff" it took us no time to clean it out and throw, donate, recycle the "stuff" in there.
Next came the linen closet....20 min. Done! By this time I'm starting to kinda like this. So I decided to tackle my closet (Yikes) I couldn't do 33 items, I did about 60. But what a difference!! At the time I worked in an office, office hours, office attire. Know what? I did it!! And it was so much easier to get dressed in the morning, took less time and I wasn't searching for items. Everything was hung in the closet in outfits, I could easily find that camisole in my drawer because all the other "stuff" I didn't wear wasn't there.
I MIGHT actually embrace this....just don't touch my "stuff"
I started going through things on my own, purging. I'm noticing how much less housework etc I have because of less "stuff" I like less housework! Also because some of this "stuff" is more organized, we are actually saving money. We know what we have, we don't guess when we go shopping. We have a great App that we can enter lists into and they go to all our phones. Out of toothpaste, enter it into the app and it's there! When one of us stops in for the milk we need, we can look at the app and realize we need to grab toothpaste too. (Check out the COZI app it's a wonderful tool)
I have a long way to go, my journey, even though entwined with his, is different than his. I tend to have some emotional attachment to some "stuff" but I'm slowly asking myself why? Why do I need to keep this? Why do I want to keep this? Sometimes I find out I don't need to keep it, and I'm parting with "stuff"
I'm a crafter, or in other words an "organized hoarder" (my hubby's words) and he is right! But this is my "stuff" that I'm so defensive about....the "stuff" not to be touched. So far so good (whew) I haven't had to barricade my craft cupboards, or lock up the quilting stash like Fort Knox...YET!
That day will see a whole new blog , started by me.
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Even our dog Maggie tries to keep our deck clear of clutter, well in her own way, we think that she wants to be a vegan, will eat any leaf or stick that comes her way, and loves vegetables.
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