It’s hard to say when my journey with minimalism began. Heck, it probably started the day I was born. Every event that occurred in my life eventually lead me to the realization that I don’t really like “stuff” all that much.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that my grandma spoiled the crap outta me and yet when she died, I felt like I was left with nothing.
Watching my friends lose parents before we even graduated high school gave me a pretty harsh realization that everything I valued important really wasn’t. Yet, 4 years ago, there I found myself, in a big, beautiful home and this overwhelming realization of how much “stuff” it required to fill it up. I didn’t want to fill my life with things. I really didn’t like that intense feeling of obligation. So, together with my husband, we bailed on that obligation, and started thinking smaller. You can read our whole story here: How Downsizing Changed Our Family. While I can’t pinpoint exactly when I started realizing the minimalist life was for me, I do know all the faults I made becoming minimalist. So here it is: minimalism for beginners. There are major mistakes to avoid and I want to share some of the big minimalist mistakes I made right off the bat.