I have always wished I were a minimalist.
There is something so exciting about living freely with nothing holding us down.
In fact ...the times in my life that I am the happiest are when I am travelling...or camping...or holidaying and don't have that clutter weighing me down. (my husband counter-argues that idea...he says they are also the times I'm not working..juggling or stuck in groundhog day..but I stick to my guns...I think having less stuff makes me happier.)
There is a problem though.
I am a sentimentalist.
I find it almost impossible to let go of anything that holds a memory from the past.
I keep old school journals.. old toys..books..jewellery..antiques..china..furniture and the list goes on.
I long to be like my friend Donna who has a home with every single thing in its place...no excess...no clutter.. no moments of "ummmm where the hell did I put that"
What I am thinking though is...
maybe it IS possible for a sentimentalist to be minimalist!
(if they keep working toward it!)
I began last year....
I read "the life changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo
which kick started an entire new view on my need to de-clutter.
You can read about that adventure here.
but it stalled for awhile... other things took precedence.
However... this last few weeks...
Whoah...I have been on a mission..if no-one wants it...and I have no need for it...
I put it in the box for the Op-shop and its out the door.
It feels good... I truly think I can do this.
I do not need to keep every single piece of china or every single old book...
I can still keep a few things that bring memories alive and make me happy without having overflowing cupboards and boxes of storage.
If you are interested and have a couple of minutes to spare...I found these blog posts interesting.
and one post I found very inspiring..
My Family Sold Everything, Lived out of Our Car, and Discovered the Joy of Minimalism - nourishing minimalism.
I'm back on track again this week...linking in with Sian at "From High in the Sky"