My Simplifying Resources
Y'all have been asking... so today I'm finally sharing with you the resources that I initially used to learn about minimalism and simplifying. The concept of "minimalism" had been buzzing around for a year or so before I finally decided to look into it to see what it was all about. Before that point I had been a semi-shopaholic and life-long pack-rat. I loved things. I loved shopping and felt that they more I had the more secure I would be. It wasn't until after I got married and moved in with my husband that I realized how much stuff I really had. The answer... A LOT.
My initial plan for tackling all of the stuff was to organize it. While that helped on some level it didn't solve the problem of having too much stuff. Stuff that we didn't need or particularly love. I latched onto the idea of "shedding" things and "minimalism" after listening to this talk by author, Joshua Becker Becoming Minimalist. Hearing his story about discovering minimalism and how it changed his life, struck a chord with me and propelled me on this journey of seeing minimalism as more than just a trend but as a way to clear the clutter and focus more on God (the ultimate source of peace).
What I appreciate the most about Joshua, The Minimalists, and Bea Johnson is that they offer an honest, blunt and non-judgmental look at minimalism. They discuss topics big and small, and write them in approachable way. These leaders in the minimalist realm along with other notable bloggers such as Whitney Leigh Morris, of The Tiny Canal Cottage, have been a huge influence in my simplifying journey. I would love to know what are some of your de-cluttering favorite resources! Write them in the comment section below.
You might have seen or heard of the Minimalists from their recent documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things out on Netflix. The founders Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Milburn, started their blog the Minimalists a few years ago after working in corporate America and finding their lives at a crossroads. According to a lot of people they had it all but they didn't feel that way. It wasn't until they began shedding some of the physical items, thoughts and behaviors that they had practiced for years that they began to feel free and realized that their security was not found in their possessions. Their blog is such a great resources for those interested in minimalism or simply looking to live with less. They cover so many topics! Check them out.
I really latched onto the idea of "shedding" things and "minimalism" a couple of years ago after learning of the author, Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, speak. Hearing his story about discovering minimalism and how it changed his life, really struck a chord with me and propelled me on this journey of seeing minimalism as more than just a trend but as a way to clear the clutter and focus more on God (the ultimate source of peace).*
*While Joshua is a Christian, his blog "Becoming Minimalist", is a great resource for believers and non-believers alike. His posts are intentional and brief and don't often discuss religion.
While Bea Johnson is best known for her zero waste lifestyle, her book Zero Waste Home, contains a lot of the same values held by minimalists. Her thought-process behind her decisions of living a simplified, eco-friendly lifestyle really influenced how I viewed the items in our home as well as our consumer habits.