Becoming a Minimalist: The Beginning

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This is the first post in a series on how we’ve made cutbacks and why.  Through experience and expensive educations, I’ve learned that almost anything is a state of mind.  If you can turn something into a habit or force yourself to change your feelings about it, you will be much more successful.  The photo above is a drawer from my office..

Over the years, one of the things I’ve really struggled with is clutter.  I’ve never been much of a cleaner.  I’ve always been better at scrubbing than picking up.  My windows are always spotless, no grime on the cabinet doors, no cobwebs on the ceiling, but you can’t find my kitchen table.

I’ve always had a desire to become at least a little bit of a minimalist.  The less stuff you have, the less cleaning you have to do!  I’m definitely not a hoarder, it’s just that we have too many hobbies that come with BIG gear.  Hunting, fishing, baseball, softball, football, golf, scrapbooking, computers, photography, couponing, discount shopping, canning, gardening, small animals, well… the list goes on and on.  I have friends that’s only hobby is watching movies.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  Boring as heck, but nice? 

Our old house was small… and we had no storage space at all.  I had to stick stuff wherever it would fit!  When we moved in December, I found new items I’d picked up on clearance in every nook and cranny.  I bought these items ahead to save money in the long run, but they sure weren’t doing me any good if they were packed in a suitcase and jammed in the top shelf of the closet.

We decided that moving would provide us with the perfect opportunity to pare things down.  Our new home has tons of storage space.  I’ve got a shop, basement, outside storage building, and a 1,200 square foot attic… and all are empty!  There are three tubs in the attic, a few spiders in the basement, room to park in the shop.  My kitchen is teeny tiny, and I still have empty drawers.  There is still nothing on the top shelves of the closets… and I like it. 

The next post in this series will detail what changes we’ve made and how to accomplish them yourself…

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