You may have heard about the benefits of minimalism, but the thought of actually getting there might seem pretty overwhelming. It usually takes a lifetime of acquiring things to fill a home with clutter, so it’s understandable that we can’t expect to clear things out instantly.
Whether you’re new to minimalism or just starting to explore the topic, you’ve probably seen the white-walled, sparse and minimalistic photos and maybe even come across different minimalism guidelines. To many people, minimalism may seem overwhelming or too extreme, but that’s simply not true. [Read more…] about 10 Simple Minimalism Guidelines
A few months ago, I got a question from a reader about our dog Rocky, and if Amy and I would recommend getting a dog from the lens of minimalism and intentional living. What are the pros and cons of getting a dog?
It’s a good question, and one I likely would’ve answered differently before having Rocky in our lives.
When Amy and I first learned about minimalism, it felt intimidating. Looking back, I realize it didn’t need to be—and hopefully these minimalism tips for beginners will be helpful to anyone who feels that way.
Whether you’re a beginner to minimalism or in the midst of decluttering, it’s common to feel like the process is an overwhelming project that never ends. That was certainly the case when we first started on our minimizing journey several years ago.
What we found was minimizing got easier with time, and all the hard work was absolutely worthwhile.
Embracing minimalism principles in our lives was what enabled us to create the space—physically, mentally, financially and temporally—to do more of what mattered to us. To this day, minimalism continues to be a driving part of the framework we use to do more of what matters to us. [Read more…] about Practical Minimalism Tips For Beginners
Minimalism will look different for everyone, and I’d like to share my version of what it looks like for Amy and me. For us, minimalism has been an essential part of doing more of what matters—in a way that works best for our lifestyle and goals.
This isn’t your white-walled, extreme minimalist home. Over the last few years, we’ve used minimalism to create a space that works really well for everything we need on a daily basis. Call it practical or rational minimalism, where you get to define what it looks like for you. [Read more…] about Practical Minimalist House Tour
Despite the fact that minimalism has risen exponentially in popularity over the last several years, it’s still hard to avoid the overwhelming mainstream consumer culture. It seems like everywhere we go we’re bombarded by advertisements with images of perfect lives that we might be able to capture if we just had that one more thing.
And that’s right where they want to keep us—just one more thing away from having it all.
This pressure to consume can come from all directions, not just from companies wanting us to spend on the goods they have to offer. Sometimes other people in our lives can apply similar pressure, through certain expectations of what a successful life might look like to them. [Read more…] about Minimize The Pressure of Consumer Culture