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The Simplicity Adventures of a Mother and Daughter

How to Stay on a Minimalist Path

minimalism“The more you have, the more occupied you are.  The less you have, the more free you are.” ~ Mother Theresa

You have successfully pared down your closet to the perfect capsule wardrobe.  You have eliminated all of the outdated toys and organized your bills into the perfect system.  You can legitimately count the number of items you own.  You are a successful minimalist!

And then more junk mail arrives.  It’s your child’s birthday party and the gifts start pouring in.  You went for coffee with a friend that turned into a shopping trip.  All of a sudden the clutter that you had worked so hard to eliminate has reared its ugly head and is covering your dining room table.

  • First, take a deep breath.  Remember how far you have come and the amount that you are currently dealing with is so much less than what you originally dealt with.
  • Second, minimalism is a process and it is always evolving.  Circumstances and major life changes can alter the amount of stuff you own and sometimes its okay to just roll with it.
  • Third, keep in mind that your stuff doesn’t own you but it will try.  The advertisers and big chain stores will try to convince you that you need the latest and greatest.  You don’t.  You have the power to make the decision of what stays and what goes.  Embrace that power.

There are so many definitions of minimalism.  At this point in my life, I have no desire to live out of a backpack.  I do however, wish for a smaller house with the necessities and a lot less of the extras.  What’s important is to remember your definition of freedom.  That definition is what will keep you pointed in the right direction toward minimalism.  That definition is how you will stay on your path whichever direction it is heading.

xo, Lauren

P.S. Stay tuned this week for my Mom’s take on her minimalist path.

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  1. thanks for the helpful tips!

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