When I first began looking into minimalism, I was desperate for a change in my household. I had two small children, toys were everywhere, and I felt like all I did was keep everyone’s mouths fed and the house somewhat presentable.
I was totally exhausted. We didn’t have a large home and in my mind that was part of the problem. I thought we needed more space. I would see quotes about leaving the house a mess for quality time with your children and felt guilty. While I left countless messes to read about Brer Rabbit for thousandth time, I still had a mess afterwards instead of some downtime for me, time with my husband or time to pursue the passions and cares stirring in my heart.
As I began reading articles about minimalism, I was reluctant and nervous. The people’s whose words I was reading didn’t come across as extreme or strict. Their laid-back, caring tone made me want to chat with them over a cup of coffee.
Some of them were in a similar place as I was — a young family wanting a little more ease in the home life, wanting to focus on relationships. As I began my journey and our purge of excess, I quickly learned some things about minimalism that initially, one might not pick up. Here are five of those.
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