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.
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My family and I have downsized our stuff, downsized our house and now I am super excited to take the next step. If you guys remember me talking about one of my biggest clutter pet peeves in my post 5 Simple Habits to Help Keep a Clean House Every Day; it’s those pesky papers that wind up all over the counters. Those miscellaneous papers absolutely make my skin crawl. In fact, I’ll even admit, I am quicker to throw things away (with total disregard of their importance) simply to avoid having them displayed across my counters. Let’s not even talk about the filing cabinet in our “office.” Finally it clicked in my head; I realized the best way to declutter, organize my life and office was by going paperless!