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On Minimalism.

Last summer I moved into my own apartment. It was the first real time that I’d lived alone and I was overjoyed at getting to set up my apartment. I was excited about only owning what I needed to get back 4 dishes, 4 towels, no microwave. It was hard to explain to people that I liked not having anything on my bedroom walls and that no I didn’t need more than what I had.

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I’ve always been a fan of getting rid of things. A cleansing of my space has always resulted in renewed energy and a more open mind. Recently, I’ve stumbled upon podcasts and you tubers talking about the concept of ‘minimalism’ and for the first time I felt like someone else understood what I’ve been feeling all this time.

The best definition of minimalism that I’ve found is from mnmlist.com and it says,
“It’s simply getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment and an uncluttered, simple life. It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.”

(If you want to read more about Minimalism they have a great Q&A section to their site here.)

I’ve always felt connected to this concept, routinely cleaning out my closet and my home, doing my best to not have emotional attachments to material possessions and everyday I’m learning more and more how to have simplicity in my life and my schedule.

As we drove to the beach this weekend Oby and I discussed the concept of simplifying our life of putting more emphasis on creating a clean and clutter free home filled only with things we absolutely love. We came to the realization that we often enjoy things every single day that should and could be treated as special occasion luxuries instead. Something to look forward to rather than something we just do without thinking about it. We’ve made some commitments to simplifying our current life, do you want to know what they are?

> Eating out only once a week and making it special.
>> Drinking alcohol intentionally and sparingly.
>> Drinking coffee out only on weekends.
>> Beginning the process of cleaning out our home using the systems laid out in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up.

When it comes to decisions like this, ones that are a large change for the way we live our life, I’m beyond grateful that I have a partner who gets just as excited about improving his life as I do.

Have you read anything about minimalism? Are you the kind of person who is drawn to simplicity to? I’d love to hear from you, especially if you have tips/tricks/recipes to share!

with all of the love,
Sarajane.

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