It’s funny how one seemingly small decision can greatly impact our lives.
While I’ve had some very significant ones in my life — such as getting married, graduating college, having my first child — a small decision that had a big impact on us as a family was the decision to simplify our lives and pursue what matters most.
We can clearly see a split of before and after we became minimalists. Some of the most obvious before and afters are how our home looked and functioned.
A few months before we came to that decision we purchased our first home. It was nearly twice as big as the small house we had been renting in which we had been really cramped.
I don’t remember getting rid of anything before we moved. We thought with the bigger home everything would be perfect, we would have plenty of space and could breathe. You can probably guess what happened, stuff.
Yes, as those boxes were unpacked the stuff spread and it spread and it spread. Since our HVAC went out one week after moving in, we really didn’t get the chance to buy new furniture or some of the items that had been on our list.
In hindsight, I’m thankful for that. The stuff was from our previous home and it just crowded out the joy, fun and space we were expecting to have in all this new room.
As I turned to Google, Pinterest and minimalist blogs for help, one thing my husband said struck a chord with me as he pleaded for us to get a handle on our stuff. He said he wanted one place he could be in that wasn’t a mess. Don’t we all?
At the end of a day of work, or after the kids are in bed, or even with the kids, we crave a safe haven to escape to. We’ve allowed so much stuff into our homes that they are no longer our safe haven.Maybe this is one of the reasons the amount of digital entertainment we take in is so shockingly high. We are looking for an escape from our own home, the one place we should be safe, comfortable, and at peace.
With that — and the wise words from various minimalist bloggers to focus on one area at a time — I decided to start in our living area. The effect was immediately life changing, and here’s what it looked like for us:
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