d936cbe002cbe11b37d049ef022bce5eMinimalism. A word I’ve heard thrown around over the last couple years. A word I had no idea what it meant. Thanks to the big wide world of Pinterest, I quickly learned that this was a whole lifestyle. What is minimalism?

According to “MINIMALISM IS INTENTIONALITY. It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life.”

This is right up my alley. I’m on this whole journey to live more intentionally, giving more value to the things that really matter and removing things/people that are distractions and bring about chaos. I started pinning a bunch of articles about the minimalist lifestyle, most of them talking about removing physical clutter from your life. But I’m discovering that being a minimalist doesn’t just mean that you don’t hang on to junk and have a tidy living space. Minimalism is a mindset. A mindset of simplicity. I’m ready to dive into this lifestyle and take another step towards living intentionally.

Before I embark on any new venture, I consider my “why”. Why do I want to make this change and what good is it going to bring to my life? My “why” is what motivates me on the days where everything seems bogus and I’m ready to throw in the towel.

Why do I want to deeply explore the life of minimalism?

  • I hate coming home to a cluttered apartment that feels messy. It brings about a chaotic atmosphere and makes it extremely difficult to relax. The last thing I want to do when I get home at the end of a long day is run around cleaning and picking things up.
  • I have tons of stuff I don’t use. If I were to seriously go through all the stuff in my apartment (and the stuff I still have stored at my moms), I’m sure I could come up with quite a few boxes of things I haven’t touched in ages. These things are not adding any value to my life, just collecting dust and adding to the clutter.
  • I live in a tiny, studio apartment with a toddler. There isn’t room for anything and nowhere to store stuff. I want to have a greater appreciation for the little space I do have and make it the most functional for the babe to play while I still keep it as my relaxation sanctuary and run a crafting business from my kitchen table.
  • I can’t tell you the last time I went a day without social media. We get so bogged down with the opinions of others and all the crap going on in society. What good is that doing us? Sometimes we need to take a break. Disconnect from the world. Read a good book, get some fresh air and take in the many wonderful things a day in nature can do for us.
  • I spend way too much money, mainly on things I don’t really need or will only use a few times. I need to be more intentional with my finances. Actually save some money, pay off the rest of my debt and put it towards life fulfilling experiences and not just things.
  • Life gives us enough chaos on its own. Why add to the mess with unnecessary things and people? Get rid of all the crap and start enjoying more of life.