This month we’re super excited to be focusing on simplicity and all things minimization.
LC and I get weird vibes about the same things at the same times, it’s honestly kind of crazy. In recent months we realized we had been craving more of a minimalistic type of life and on our own had been thinking of how to make this happen. This month here on RG we will be sharing our own viewpoints on what it means to live simpler and not just a state of mind but how we’re actually putting that into action and what the results are. We can truly say we haven’t been this excited about some posts in awhile and feel like this is truly where are our hearts are at.
Thanks for being along for the ride.
The last five months have been a wild ride for me since uprooting my life in Denver and moving back to Michigan. Before we got our own place, we stayed with friends for two months. During these two months I probably had a quarter of my belongings. Less “things” left me with many revelations about life and what’s truly important. During this time I also read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I will be writing an entire post about but for now lets just say that this book has changed me more than any book I have ever read.
Moving for me provided an excuse to take inventory of my physical life and emotional state and really make some changes. It took me weeks to unpack because I truly went through every item I own. When I say everything, I truly mean everything - socks, underwear, hair products, nail polish, old bills, and my entire kitchen. The last thing I have to go through are photos and that project I am saving for winter, it’s just too nice out right now!
Tidying up my life did make Sir a little nervous.
By taking inventory of my life and truly discarding what I didn’t need I won’t ever spend time “tidying up” again. Basically this book taught me that by minimizing my life and only focusing on things I love and that bring me joy I can live the life I’ve always imagined. Sound crazy?
I kind of thought so too until I actually started doing it. I think staying with friends and having most of my belongings packed up gave me the push I needed to really get rid of a lot.
By knowing I could do with much less than I thought and then being inspired to truly think about the life I wanted to live I felt unstoppable.
The other huge benefit to tidying up is that it makes you think twice before shopping. I did pick up a couple things from my favorite store, Fabrik, when I was in Denver but other than that I did not buy one thing the entire summer. I went to Las Vegas without buying anything new, I truly did not recognize myself!
Tidying up my life has been a game changer. My home is clean, relaxing and I'm not distracted by clutter. I have time to read books that stimulate my mind and help me set goals. Clearly, Sir also loves it!
I didn't only take inventory of my belongings. Reading this book also made me take pause and truly think about the life I wanted to live. While I'm still figuring out the exact life I want to lead there's a couple things I know for sure. I want less noise. Less noise in my head, less distractions at home, less things demanding my attention and a lot more quiet. I want my home to be a safe haven and I don't want to spend my days busy and running around. I want to control my days and not have the day control me.
I want to start each day with gratitude and end each day with gratitude and reflection.
While I'm still learning and evolving every day I can say my days are one hundred percent more peaceful and I am in control of my attitude and mindset. I'm accomplishing more than I thought possible and maximizing my time. This boss lady is building an empire.
What kind of life do you want to live? Are you living that life? What is holding you back? What do you need to tidy up in your life? Minimization is freeing, saying no and not feeling guilty is liberating. If you don't know where to start, reading this book will one hundred percent get on your way! We also want to encourage you that it's never to late to make adjustments or change your path.
Now let go and minimize!