Minimalism

Lately I’ve been more and more interested in learning more about minimalism. I want to clear clutter from my house and my life in general.  I’m so sick of moving stuff around in our house from one room to the next, sick of reorganizing closets and drawers full of stuff I use once a year.  I have six glass vases that i just arranged in one closet, yet i never buy cut flowers.  Why do I need six glass vases???

What really got me thinking about this whole buy-less-thing was that I just bought tickets to a Kentucky Derby Party that will be on May 5th. (Here is the link if you want to attend this years party at East Bay Grill https://www.kingstonfoundationforeducation.org ) I thought to myself, two years ago I went to the same party and I loved the outfit that I wore.  It was comfortable, colorful and perfect for the party.  The thing is though, I have yet to wear that outfit, that I loved, again, because God forbid you wear the same dress twice.  I spent an hour looking at dresses online the other day before I decided, screw it, I’m going to wear the same exact outfit, to the same exact party, and you know what, I felt this lightness come over me after I made that decision.  I don’t need to spend extra money on a whole new outfit.  I don’t need to waste my time shopping for hours and finding the perfect shoes and hat and accessories when I have it already. I feel free.

I read a quote today that hit the nail on the head.

 

The thing that is important is going to Derby Party fundraiser, to raise money for a great cause, and to have a fun time with friends while I’m at it.  What is NOT important is stressing about what to wear.  So my goal is to take away the stressors and enjoy the event, to remember what is important.

I’m going to challenge myself this year. I’m not going to the extreme. I’m not going to stop shopping altogether, but I’m going to be more purposeful. I am a browser by nature.  I love to shop around and look for the best deal on things, but more and more I find that I hate this about myself.  It’s such a waste of time.  I can spend two hours browsing though a store and walk out with nothing.  What a time suck.  Wouldn’t it be better to go for a walk or meet a friend for lunch? To play a game with with the kids or read a book.  Or maybe even pick up a few hours a work.  Well, maybe not that! I will not go to Target for one thing and come out with a cartful (this is going to take a lot of effort)!  I’m going to buy gifts differently too. I want to teach my kids that stuff doesn’t make you happy but rather experiences and relationships are so much more important. I spend so much time searching for the perfect gifts for people and this year I’m not going to do this.  I’m going to give gift cards for experiences.  Less stuff and more experience gifts.

So I’m looking for advice.  What do you do to simplify your life?  To live more meaningful lives, to have less physical and mental  clutter.

Thank you for reading

Heather