What is “minimalism”?
According to my favourite “experts” on the topic, The Minimalists, the answer to the question is…
“Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
Minimalism has helped us…
- Eliminate our discontent
- Reclaim our time
- Live in the moment
- Pursue our passions
- Discover our missions
- Experience real freedom
- Create more, consume less
- Focus on our health
- Grow as individuals
- Contribute beyond ourselves
- Rid ourselves of excess stuff
- Discover purpose in our lives”
To me, it is living a happier, fuller life, with fewer useless things taking up time, energy and space. And you may find yourself a slightly different definition of the term “minimalism” but essentially it means having more by having less.
Why am I taking a “30-Day Declutter Challenge”?
I love a good challenge! We’ve participated in our fair share of hiking and outdoor challenges and this will be my second 30-day declutter challenge. To me, it is an easy and focused way to systematically deal with the overwhelming clutter that piles up over the course of a year (or years). And a good long to-do list that I can to check off daily!
Around this time last year, I was getting ready to head back to work full-time after a year-long maternity leave. I was in full-on productive stay-at-home-mom mode, tackling all sorts of tasks, big and small, and feeling accomplished all the time. But I often felt as I looked around our small 2-bedroom apartment, that it was never really tidy, that there wasn’t enough space for our growing child to play, and that we had so many things we never used or even remembered we owned. And it weighed on me. With the final month of freedom before work started up again, I found myself this 30-day declutter challenge on POPSUGAR and got to work!
November seemed like the perfect time of year for so many reasons, beyond my imminent return to work in December. It is the pre-holiday lull, a quiet time to clear space both physically and mentally before everything piles up again. It is also a seasonal shift and so a natural time to go through clothing and other seasonal items. It is simply a time that works for me.
How can you participate?
Do you want to take the “30-Day Declutter Challenge” with me? That’s so exciting! You can join anytime because it is simply a 30-day plan from the day YOU start. And all you have to do is download my “30-Day Declutter Challenge” tracking sheet!
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And remember, this challenge is about YOU! And not about throwing out everything you haven’t touched in the past week, month or year. It can be about tidying, reorganizing, repurposing, gifting, donating, reviving, recycling, going green, cultivating minimalism, teaching your children the value of experiences over things, and so much more!
Further resources for exploring minimalism
If you’re looking for more information on cultivating minimalism if your life, please check out the following experts, many of which have blogs, podcasts and books (by themselves & others) listed within the pages of their websites:
- The Minimalists
- Nourishing Minimalism
- Becoming Minimalist
- Be More With Less
- Minimalism (documentary)