Why We are Going Minimalist- Part 1

As this blog is still new I think it is only fair to give you some more insight into who I am and what I am about. My desire for this blog is to be a lifestyle blog where I post about, well life. Part of that for me is decorating, organizing, cooking, and diy projects. These are all things that make me me. Life is more than that though and my hope is that I show you my life in a well rounded way.

The past few years have been particularly rough for me and our family. The Hubs health has gone downhill from having his epilepsy controlled to several seizures a month. Taking care of him and our daughter who was diagnosed with epilepsy almost a year ago has taken it's toll on me.

I am a highly sensitive person to begin with so things like noises and clutter have always somewhat bothered me to begin with but now those feelings have intensified. I can tell my hormones are off balance because of the stress and I've been feeling like I'm on an emotional roller coaster ride. It's all I can do most of the time to hang on for the ride.

What does all this have to do with minimalism? Probably more than you think. Over the last 12 years of marriage we listened to so many people tell us that in order to be successful we had to have "things." For the first five years we did okay. Our homes were not cluttered. Tidying up was a breeze even with 2 kids thrown in the mix. Then came the big house in the country. 3,000 sq feet that we suddenly felt the need to fill and fill it we did.

When we moved out of that house we had a huge yard sale. Then we put what we couldn't fit in our temporary trailer home into storage. Before we made the cross country move from Oklahoma to Oregon we had one more yard sale. We attempted to get rid of anything that we could either replace when we got to our new place or were things we no longer had any use for. We thought we were doing great. Until we moved into our new home.

Right away the smaller 1,100 sq ft home seemed cluttered. No matter what I did I felt like I was tripping over "stuff." We donated and purged so much stuff in those first couple of years and yet still felt like we had too much. It really wasn't until a few months ago that a simple word popped up that made the difference.

I had just gone off on a hormonal induced, crying, tirade of how sick of all of this I was. I was tired of tripping over crap and I had had enough. This wasn't the first time that the clutter had gotten to me but it did trip memories for me of a simpler time. A time in which we had far less stuff and more time spent enjoying each other and life. A time when cleanup took minutes and not hours. It was a time that was much simpler and a whole lot less stressful. I began to yearn for that time back and knew that if I wanted it badly enough I could attain it.

I started to research minimalism in depth and began to have chats with The Hubs about what I was thinking. To my surprise he was on board with it as well. The house was causing stress and with the physical and emotional stress we have already been under the house wasn't helping one bit. We decided to go for it.

It hasn't been easy. We've taken two steps forward one step back more times than I would like to admit but we're getting there. Every item we remove from the house that serves no purpose makes us feel lighter, less stressed.

Stay tuned for part 2 where I will be sharing more about what we've done and where we are now on our journey.
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