7 guiding principles to help anyone declutter home and life
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You know I’m into minimalism at the moment. Well, ok then, I’m into decluttering. But it’s with the long term aim of becoming minimalist.
Although I admire his work greatly, I’m not the next Everett Bogue. His ebook “Art of being Minimalist” is a fantastic account of how he lives with less than 100 items. Everett quit his job, gave away most of his stuff, kept 100 carefully chosen items (which he could carry in a backpack) and set off with $3000 in his bank account to a life which he loves. His enthusiasm and love of life is evident and he shares tips to help people declutter their lives, untangle their schedules, and find the freedom they’ve always dreamed they could have in his book.
Today I came across Joshua Becker who lives with his wife and two kids in Vermont. What appeals more about his story (no offence, Everett) is that he is a family man and he still wants a house. That’s very similar to me. It seems there are many ways to a minimalist existence, with many shades between.
Many people love the simplistic principles of minimalism yet are sure they would never become a ‘minimalist’ because it’s not consistent with their lifestyle of values. Hey, I’m loving this – I have a kid, want a house, yet love the principles of minimalism. And I’m very relieved it isn’t all about 3 pairs of pants and one saucepan after all.
Joshua has redefined minimalism as “the intentional promotion of the things you most value and the removal of anything that distracts you from it.” He says it’s less about removing possessions just to remove possessions… and more about finding a lifestyle of simplicity that works for you and your family.
Phew! It’s beginning to sound manageable at last! With a hoarder for a husband and a little girl who produces a lot of stuff I need to find some compromises that work for all of us as a family.
I’ve been devouring Joshua’s ebook Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter their Home and Life.; you can read a free sample here. If you’re intrigued to keep up with Joshua and his family, you can follow his “Becoming Minimalist” blog.
What about you – does the minimalist lifestyle appeal to you? How far are you prepared to take it?
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