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I am not a Minimalist, yet. I am working towards it, and hopefully by the time I retire I will be there. That is 20 years away, lol. Why do I want to be a Minimalist? It is so much less stressful, and budget friendly too. I must add that I also lean towards being a Prepper, which is the complete opposite of a Minimalist. I have to fight that urge to stockpile stuff for the Apocalypse. We do live in FL, and that means hurricanes. So, I do have to be a Prepper in a sense. However, I have a list, and I only prep for what we are going to need, no more. In theory, lol.
For me the first step to being a Minimalist is to de-clutter. I actually hate clutter, so over the years I got really good at hiding it. Out of sight out of mind, right? For example, we moved here, from NY, 15 years ago, and yes I still have bins of items, and papers stored from the original move. I am proud to say, I have almost completely gone through and removed everything that was not needed, which was most of it. I have 2 more bins to go. That is just the garage, though. You won’t believe what my children have collected over the years. Ugh!
I don’t buy new stuff unless I need it. No, I don’t wear clothes from the 80’s, though I do love some of those styles. But, if the economy counted on just our buying style it would be a snail’s pace. We have friends that buy new furniture every two years, for their whole house, literally. I can not tell you how dumb that is to me. But, we get their hand me downs so I guess I can’t complain too much. I drive my cars until they die, electronics last well over 10 years in my house, and shoes well lets just say everyone has one good pair. I have been accused of being cheap. Maybe that is true, but I like to think of it more as why should I throw something away when there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
I would love a tiny house on a beach someday. I would be perfectly happy, and content. My husband I am not so sure.
After I finally get all the clutter out of this house, the next step to being a minimalist would be in focusing on just what we need. We have way too much stuff, that isn’t even considered clutter. It is just accumulated stuff. Not accepting stuff from others, like my Mom who just wants to get rid of her stuff in an easy way, is extremely hard, but I am committed. It is a step process, with small goals. I have to start with one, complete that, and then go to the next.
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