Minimalism is a Mindset

A person can donate all their possessions to charity and still end up with a cluttered home within a year unless they change their mindset.

I have had to give up most of my things several times in my life.  More than once, I’ve had to fit everything I owned into a carload.  I was good at finding things at good deals, so I’d always end up with twice as much stuff within a few months!  A lot of my security came from having stuff.

This started to change when I had to drive across several states with only the things I could fit on and in my Hyundai Elantra and it’s home made roof rack – including bedding, tent, sacks of dried rice and beans, clothes, spouse, and two cats.  After that I never wanted to have too much stuff again.

The stuff crept in again but not as quickly as before.  I started to focus on quality rather than quantity.  When I had to move one more time, I had better resources for moving everything but used that move as a reason to rid myself of more dross and replace it with more good quality items.

I can see the effect of my mindset changing – smaller spaces look larger as I have less furniture.  I have more time in my day because I don’t have to organize things.  I can find everything easily.  Once, I was famous for always losing things.  Now, I know where everything I need is, right away, and I find it the first time.

Life is a bit more satisfying as I move from plastic to glass and metal and get rid of disposable things around my home.  I feel more settled.  As the things I use grow fewer in number, but more beautiful, my life feels more like art rather than common drudgery.  I haven’t had to spend a lot more money to do this, but I have had to be intentional about my purchases and choose quality over convenience or quantity.  I still have a long way to go.  However, my changing mindset has brought peace to my life and home!

 

via Daily Prompt: Minimal

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/minimal/

6 thoughts on “Minimalism is a Mindset

  1. I agree. Moved twice and almost everything is in storage. You know, the junk drawer stuff that when you need it, you need it? But that’s rare nowadays. I’m trying to remember what’s in storage in CO that I would ever want again.

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