Embracing the Life of New Minimalism

The Introduction in the book, New Minimalism, defines it as, “…a call to a mindful, intentional way of living, prioritizing relationships and experiences above material things…your time is better spent experiencing life with people than it is spent looking for, managing, organizing, cleaning, and purchasing…things.

This book came upon me as a gift from the Universe.  I’ve been wanting to take a break from the deep thinking of life and focus on cleaning out the house.  As my husband and I get older, I keep thinking that someday we’ll be downsizing and will need to get rid of all this stuff.  I question why am I holding on to this stuff that doesn’t serve me only to get rid of it someday?  It doesn’t make sense.

In the past, I’ve browsed many decluttering books that didn’t click with me.  I’ve gained insight, but never implemented the practices.  I’m hoping this book is different.  Interestingly, as I continued to read, they mention their clients come to them after they realize that time and life is precious—they don’t want to waste their time cleaning and managing their stuff.  Yup. That’d be me.  They also stated, “Decluttering is a practice in understanding your values and observing how these values are reflected in your physical space,’ which is ironic because that is exactly where I am in my journey.

I’m not sure how this will turn out.  Fortunately, I am blessed to be living with my soul mate; this is his space too.  They recommend that you “focus on yourself and relinquish control over the other person’s items…and allow them to witness the benefits of minimalism in your life.”  I will say the neatness of my closet has made him clear out his throughout the years, but it hasn’t reached the destination of my closet yet.  Regardless, I can only control myself.

The first two asks of the book:

  • Define why you want to embrace new minimalism.  I want a peaceful, easy to clean/maintain home where I spend more time being relaxed and happy, not stressed with all the clutter and the impact that comes with the clutter.
  • Implement a buying moratorium (no purchases except for expendables).

I’m really excited and can’t wait to share my results with you!

Side note:  Is there anyone else out there, when reading a hardcopy book, ever wish they came with a dictionary like ebooks have?  So many times, when I see an unknown word, I want to put my finger on it so the definition will pop up.

Weeks of life left:  1,161

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

New Minimalism
Other books I’ve read:
Organize Now
The Life Change Magic of Tidying Up

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