Minimalism


This seems like a funny topic coming from someone who has seven children, but here we go anyway. A few nights ago I watched Minimalism: A Documentary on Netflix and I've been thinking endlessly about it since then. I realize that this movement isn't super new. There's TV shows dedicated to tiny houses, capsule wardrobes, and the whole, "want better, not more" philosophy that I've seen emerging over the past several years. Oh! and there's also Marie Kondo and her magic of tidying up. We can't forget about her! My dresser drawers have never been so happy.

I don't know if I can really consider myself a minimalist because I do love me some creature comforts. I like having little luxuries around like pretty smelling candles and cushy pillows and I'm not sure how those kinds of things play into that whole ideal, but I'm telling you- watching Minimalism really opened my eyes to how I can improve. In fact, today as I was meandering the aisles of Target I asked myself "is this going to add value to my life?" whenever something caught my eye. I think one of the first steps to leading a more minimal life is understanding that our purchases have an impact on not only us and our health- but our homes, families and of course our environment. I'm trying to be more conscious and watching Minimalism helped with that.

Two quotes from Minimalism that I loved:

"It's clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper- deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession... In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance. But it is the truth and it is a warning."
-President Jimmy Carter

"Love people and use things. Because the opposite never works."
-The Minimalists

Happy weekend, friends. It's felt so good to be back here this week. xoxo


19 comments:

  1. We've watched that documentary also. My husband has been a fan of the Minimalists for a few years. Shifting our thinking to minimalism is one of the best things we've done for ourselves. My home is not a spare, cold place, either, but I don't think it has to be to qualify as "minimalist". For me it's about using what I have, only keeping things I love and use regularly, and being very careful about what I bring into my home. It makes my life more peaceful and helps me be more content.

    And can I just say how happy I am that you are back to blogging!!

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    1. I agree completely about the feelings of peace and contentment that come from living a more minimalistic life. Three cheers for minimalism + blogging!

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  2. I am going to have to watch this. I used to stop by Target $ section by the entrance every time but now I skip it. Less trips to target (or any store) help too ;).

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    1. Retailers are so sneaky with their dollar spots and displays of small toys, candy and nic nacs placed near checkouts. It takes a lot of will power to fend it all off, right? Less trips to Target would help me, I'm sure.

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  3. I'm so glad this concept is really taking off. We bought a small house to keep our "stuff" in check. We barely bought xmas presents (unfortunately convincing our family of our new ideals didn't go over that well, but it's a work in progress). That last quote sums up our 2017 mantra: people over stuff.. And now I want to go clean, ha!

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    1. It's funny how the people in our lives can add more to our "stuff" without really even being aware of it. One thing I've thought of recently that could help is encouraging grandparents to gift "experiences" instead of "things" for birthdays. Heaven knows my children don't need more toys but they would love an afternoon spent with Nana and her undivided attention.

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    2. We have been begging for "experiences" for years, but have encountered so much resistance over it. Im not sure I understand :/

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    3. I can understand your frustration, Niki. Are you familiar with the five love languages? Some people feel love by the act of giving and receiving gifts (this is my love language, actually). Maybe by giving gifts instead of experiences, the gift givers in your life are showing their love in the best way they know how.

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  4. I love how Tsh at The Simple Show talks about minimalism and simple living - living holistically with your life's purpose. I love that saying since it's not a list of rules or a way to do all the things, but an invitation to recalibrate my life based on what really matters to me.

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    1. I'm not familiar with The Simple Show but am excited to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation, Jamie!

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  5. I watched this on New Years Day and it was such a great start to my year. It's so easy to get the "wants" especially in the winter time for me. This year my goal is more memories and less stuff.

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    1. I think this is the perfect time of year to evaluate the message that's in Minimalism. Your goal is perfect!

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  6. I enjoyed Minimalism. I've thought about it a lot since I've watched it as well. I also like the idea that you can find how much minimalism works for you and go with that. I defiantly won't be as minimalist as the main guy on there. His home was extreme to me. But I can and want to implement it in my life to the degree that it works for my family.
    Funny thing is I see your photos and I think "minimalist". You home seems so beautiful and tidy without clutter so that's what I'm shooting for as well��.

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    1. I totally agree, Nicolette. That guy's house was so bare and extreme to me too but it was obviously working for him. I think it's key to discover what works for all of us as individuals. xoxo

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  7. I'm so happy you're back to blogging! I have always adored your blog, and love your posts. I know this is the wrong post, but I love the idea of putting the shredder near where the papers collect! Why haven't I thought of that before?!

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    1. Kristen, it was a light bulb moment for me when I thought of it. I'm happy to report it's made the biggest difference too. Thank you for being here. xoxo

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