Minimalism can be a scary word. We like our stuff and our routines. To alter that makes us very uncomfortable. So what is minimalist living? It’s not making sure you have a certain strict amount of things or that you go without something essential. That’s not the point. It’s living stress free. Not letting your things control you. It’s freedom to not fret over having the next best thing or more than the neighbors.
There are many benefits of minimalism. One of the most important to me is the beneficial effect it has on children, found here.
I don’t mean to say that it’s bad to have material possessions, but we should not let it lead to bondage, unhealthy relationships, and idols. Theminimalists.com summed minimalism up in one sentence: Minimalism is a tool used to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.
So does this sound like something that interests you? Then continue reading to learn steps to start your journey to minimalism.
First- Decide what is excess. Some examples of what my family found as excess are: Smart phones, cable, more than one television, conventional toilet paper, too many toys (especially ones with batteries), and a low amount of outfits and shoes per person. One area I really struggle with is cloth diapers. They’re like potato chips or tattoos for me. I can’t stop. I had to step back and ask myself, “How many do I REALLY need”. Basically, decide what you define as necessity. If you really think it’s a necessity to have a television in every room of the house, then roll with it. If you decide it’s a little much, then move to the second step.
Second- Rid yourself of those extras. Give toys to Goodwill. Sell your expensive electronics. If you decide a basic talk and text phone is sufficient for you, make some money by selling your smart phone. Put that money toward debt or a $1,000 emergency fund. A couple of years ago we decided to downgrade from a 51″ screen to a 21″ since we only use it to watch movies and we were able to finish paying off a credit card! What could you do with an extra minimum payment a month? If minimalism hasn’t lost you yet, continue to step 3.
Third- Maximize (didn’t think you’d see this word, huh?) family time. Turn off the television. Put down your cell phones and tablets. Spend time with the people you love. One of the most detrimental effects of excess is the damage it can do to a family. No communication, a dad that disconnects as soon as he hits the couch, children that go straight to their rooms to troll social media-these are the things that can create tension and discontent. Reintroduce yourself to your family. Game nights are a fun tradition. Eating dinner at the table as a family is a great thing if you can all be home at the same time. It is important to not let screen time be your only source of entertainment.
Lastly- The most important thing when trying to become minimalist is to remember to take baby steps. Unless your family is a lover of all things extreme, it is best to make changes a little at a time. Start out with just limiting phone usage. After a while, you might realize you don’t need all the excessive features of a smart phone and be ready to make the switch to a basic. The boys and I use cloth wipes instead of toilet paper, but my husband still prefers paper. That is just fine! There is no need to force him to get rid of something he views as necessity. One day he may decide to make the switch himself, and we will only need it for guests. Baby steps keep you from losing your sanity and keep the rest of your family on board!
If this sounded interesting to you, give it a try and let me know how you do. If you have any more suggestions on getting closer to minimalism, comment below.
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Glitter looks awesome in crafts, fashion & every girly thing. I am not mostly comfortable with my long nails but whenever they are long, I like wearing any color on my nails. Although I am a fan of nail art & everything related manicure but I RARELY do it for my own nails, You will may be curious to know WHY..but seriously I don’t like it much for my own nails.As I have already a bit pinkish nail color so I never mind without painting nails. haha.. a good excuse..
Whether you need some last minute ideas for your fall table or you just love decorating with fruit, this round up is sure to inspire! I love the way apples look as decor year round but they look especially festive for the holidays! Apples are so versatile, they will go perfect with fall or winter decor. I hope you like this collection of apple home decor ideas and please remember to pin from the original source when possible!
The expression, “to live within your means” gets thrown around a lot, but what does it really mean?
If your “means” is your income, then it could encompass everyone from people just getting by each month, to those who have substantial savings.
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A garden doesn’t have to be big, time-consuming to construct, or conventional.
One of my favourite and essential skin care items is facial oil.
My skin is normally combination/oily. But it’s winter and I don’t have the funds to go on a tropical vacation, so my skin is super dry and dehydrated.
Enter facial oil.
Here is a super EASY DIY. When I first came across this idea I instantly knew I had to try it! I love the look of tinted Mason Jars…Turquoise and Green seem to be the hot colors right now, but you can actually tint mason jars any color you like.
During the month of October last year, I had a lot going on:
My friends, Dino and Margaret from Detroit, celebrated their wedding anniversary in New Orleans with me and Hubby.
The Deuce needed 2 Halloween costumes: 1 for his school’s theme and 1 for trick-or-treating in our subdivision.
Let’s fast forward to October 2014…
Today’s is a tough subject and I am preaching to ME! You all are welcome to listen in…
This isn’t just about gossip, although gossip is a huge problem.
This isn’t just about talking behind our brother or sister’s back, but that is wrong too. We all are guilty.
I’m not just touching on the subject of “Oh, let me tell you about ‘Jim and Judy’ so you can ‘pray’ for them…”, when the time spent telling the prayer request could have been spent actually praying. Ouch.
Hi everyone! Thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve been working on this story for a while now. I was supposed to post the first installment of this short series two weeks ago but the story took on a life of its own. It’s finally done and it’s a little longer than I had anticipated. So I will be posting three times a week until the end. I hope you will follow the series all the way through. I appreciate any feedback you leave in the comments below. Thank you and enjoy. ♥
I love to share baked goods and sweet homemade treats during the holidays. They make beautiful gifts and can be easily packaged and shared with plenty of family and friends throughout the season.
So here at the Smith House, it’s all about holiday truffles and bonbons!
And over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing all sorts of fun recipes, gift ideas, and ways to share your own beautiful homemade treats.
When do you decorate for Fall? Do you decorate for a general Fall theme or do you change it up for Halloween and Thanksgiving? Most of my decor for Fall is of pumpkins and leaves and I add the color orange to my decor colors. Majority of my Fall decor is from my Mother-in-law. Each year, I like to change up my decor little bit from the year before. Plus I like to add to my Fall decor collection.
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This coconut pie crust recipe is soooo easy; it looks amazing when served and tastes amazing, too. It has only two ingredients (magical words, right?).
As we prepare for sweet family times of Thanksgiving around the dinner table, I decided to think ahead about the pies I might want to make. To make a very pretty pie and to save some time for myself as well, I decided to do several pies this year with a coconut pie crust. This low carb, gluten-free crust will be helpful for family and friends watching ingredients, as well.
You can add your family monogram to an entire set or personalize one with the first initial of each guest at your table, using them like a place card, and then a pretty keepsake to take home that can be used in other ways. You can make up a half dozen in less than 30 minutes and make a big impression on your guests.
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