This sparked a conversation (as much as you can in 140 characters or less at a time) about the goal of Minimalism. Do I just want less stuff or is there a different plan?
I came up with a few quick reasons to go Minimialish:
- I have said this before, I have pack-rat tendencies. What can I say? I'm a sentimental fool (which is why I still have two sets of Grandma's dishes secretly stashed in my attic). Minimalism helps me keep a handle on things. It makes me think about everything that comes into my house - I'm constantly asking myself if I really need this much stuff!
- I love the look of uncluttered rooms. I grew up in the country - wide open spaces satisfy the longings to relive my childhood. (Note, not all my childhood years... just the prepubescent ones!)
- Even though they are little, my girls don't really play with toys very much. Spending less of our budget on toys (aka, clutter) leaves more money to give my kids experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Who knows.. maybe they'll want to relive their childhood someday!
- We got on the Minimalist wagon shortly before we decided to sell our house. Have you ever watched those HGTV shows about staging a home to sell it? The great reveal looks a lot like my Minimalish style! Our house sold in 7 days.. for more than asking price.. in a buyers' market. Apparently, I'm not the only one that likes the look of uncluttered rooms!
- Our dream is to move overseas someday. Minimalism keeps us debt free and ready to pack at a moment's notice. If this dream ever became a reality, I'd reconsider which Five things I won't give up for Minimalism.
Having kids means we'll never be true minimalists. It's an ongoing battle to help them realize that stuff isnt' important and gaining more stuff won't fulfill their dreams. My four-year-old asked me for a fairy godmother, a castle, a horse, a dog, and an iPad yesterday. To say she's caught the vision would be a bold-faced lie!
What about you? If you've been inspired to go the minimalish route, what led you there?