As a blogger, it should be no surprise that I follow a few other bloggers. And lately I have reduced my blog list considerably. In fact, I have stopped using my on line blog catcher and just subscribe to blogs using the email option.
Keeping the lists of subscribed blogs small has been part of my "smaller is better," "less is more" change of heart over the last few years. One blog has been helpful in inspiring me in this direction.
Living a beautiful life with less stuff
This blogger and the book she wrote on this subject have been featured in many well known news vehicles such as CNN, BBC, NBC Today, Forbes ... just to name a few. Certainly there are a large number of excellent web resources on simplifying and minimalism, but Miss Minimalist seems closest to my own middle-of-the-road mindset on the subject.
There is one feature I really enjoy. Each Monday she posts a piece contributed by various followers about their journey to reducing stuff and adopting minimalism. I love reading about others and the paths they chose for their lives - even if I wouldn't necessarily follow in all their foot steps. It is amazing how many ways you can approach the minimalist life style.
Today I noticed her post was about moving from one residence to another with a minimalist mindset. How timely! We have been contemplating the wisdom of making a move to a smaller more senior friendly place the last few months. That decision is still a big question mark for us.
However, as I am cleaning out my own abode - I kept these thoughts in the back of my mind ...
- Have I used this item in the last year?
- Would I keep this item if I were moving next week?
- Would I pay money to pack, transport, and unpack this item?
- Would this item be worth the time to wrap and box up ... and unbox and use in a new home?
I will say that going through this downsizing process has been exhausting. I typically spend about 3 or 4 hours a day working through our possessions, touching and deciding the fate of each item, and then I am just too tired to continue. I don't make good decisions when I am too tired. After about 4 weeks of working through this, I am glad I have the luxury to spread it out over time and do it right. I am very glad I am not facing a pending move with the deadline of a mover's truck at the end of the line. Now there is a nightmare in the making.
If you are going through a similar stage in life - desiring "less is more" - then check out the blog Miss Minimalism. Take the time to window shop through her site. Pick and choose the topics that interest you. See if it doesn't crystalize your thoughts about stuff ... and how you want to live with yours.
I am currently reading her book, The Joy of Less. I have found that books on simplification and minimalism run "hit or miss." Sometimes it is just a rehash of what you logically already know or what you have read a bunch of times elsewhere. And to be fair, learning to live more minimally only happens if you can consistently take the actions to make it so. There is no substitute for changing behavior. Just reading about it - isn't enough. These are hard lessons I struggle with regularly. I will say, however, this book is highly rated on Amazon and so far I would agree with those ratings. I will report back when I finish the book.