Why I Love Minimalism

I love making lists.  Lists are the most perfect way for me to show what is going on and keeping organized.  Lists might not be for you and that is totally ok.  But here is a list of my Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Minimalism

  1. There is white space in my days… well I try to make it happen, but you know that old habits die hard.   Minimal-ish episode on 10-2-19 with Tonya Dalton
  2. Stuff no longer falls out of my closet in the mornings.  The sweater that fell out of the closet and onto my head did it for me.  It started the whole decluttering process for me.  Check out my article about KonMari
  3. I have a work uniform that makes me feel amazing, looks put together, and is totally the most comfortable thing I could wear besides yoga pants.  Enter my favorite black dress from ThredUp.
  4. Window shopping is more fun than actual shopping.  No more buyer’s remorse or regret the next day.  Window shopping lets me enjoy the things while someone else cares for them. 
  5. While I am not perfect, minimalism gets me to a point of the key points and deciding what really needs to get done. 
  6. Giving presents no longer is about shopping to find stuff, it’s about giving experiences.  What would someone like to do?  Try a new restaurant, get their nails done, have their hair done, trying a new workout class. 
  7. My mind is calmer.  I found out during Christmas where we had more than the usual amount of decorations out that all the “stuff” caused some anxiety.  Less stuff means less to care for and less anxiety. 
  8. Our home is our home.  With letting go of the false ideas that I am some interior designer, our home is just that, our home.  It has our carefully curated items that makes us feel comfortable, makes us feel joy and happiness, and requires little attention.
  9. Minimalism led me to read books I never would have found.  Minimalism let me shed the false and terribly written narratives about my shoulds and musts.  It taught me to let go of the future perfect version of myself.  Instead, I now enjoy the present moment while looking towards the future. 
  10. I let go of (most days) digital distractions.  I no longer have email notifications of buzzes, dings, and pop ups at home or at work.  Email checking happens at regular intervals so there is no need to be distracted for each new email.  I can go a full meal without looking at my phone.  Sometimes I even leave my phone at home (often by accident) when I take my puppy for a walk. 

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. – Albert Camus

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” —Will Rogers

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” —Edwin Way Teale

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” —Socrates

“Simple pleasures are the last healthy refuge in a complex world.” —Oscar Wilde

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