Minimalism seems to be the newest buzzword these days. As a professional organizer, I couldn't be more excited about the hype. Over the past few years, I've developed the minimalist lifestyle I have today. I do not have a house full of white walls and it is not spotless. Minimalism to me is being intentional about what you bring into your home and life.
Years ago, I would shop because I was bored, and I could never leave a store without buying something. I loved a good clearance section. My home was never overly cluttered, but I had more stuff than I needed. After slowly adopting a more minimalist lifestyle, I began selling things I no longer wanted or used. This changing mindset led my family to being more diligent with our budgeting. This has eventually led us to paying off our home mortgage in 11 years, securing a 6 month emergency fund, and putting money away for our three kids' college funds. In a country with trillions of dollars of consumer debt, minimalism is almost a necessity.
Minimalism also goes hand-in-hand with being environmentally responsible. The fewer items that are purchased, the fewer items that need to be produced. From the multitude of trinkets kids get at birthday parties to the millions of storage sheds that are built, most of these trinkets get used once or not at all and the storage sheds are filled with items that will never get touched again.
I'm committing myself to continue the minimalist lifestyle because it not only brings less stress (fewer items to pick up at the end of the night, and fewer items to clean around), it also saves money, and helps the environment. Please consider adopting a more minimalist lifestyle in your home.