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The Benefit of Embracing Minimalism

  July 26

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I’m a big believer that the state of our home reflects the state of our lives.

Back in the day when I first got married, I felt like everything in my home was a hot mess. There was mail everywhere, books everywhere, and way too many clothes (which I hardly wore anyway since my job required a uniform.) I felt like I couldn’t get a grasp on it. It wasn’t until I got rid of 2,011 things and moved that I finally felt like I got a hold of all the clutter.

Even in our 270 sq. foot apartment where we live in Grenada, we still managed to give away an extra large trash bag of items before we came home to visit for the summer.

Our lives were chaotic. Are chaotic. But, we’re getting better at calming down, embracing serenity, and practicing minimalism every day.

All summer long, I’ve been dreamily mentioning how nice our Grenada apartment will look when we return to it. Every drawer is organized. All the clothes we have are ones we regularly wear. All the dishes are clean. It took about 3 days to get it like that, haha, but it was so worth it. We both would love to keep it that way, because we know that when our home is clean and organized, we feel better. That’s the main benefit of minimalism.

Below are some of my favorite pictures of minimalist design. (To see the sources, just click on the picture.)

Minimalist Home Office

Each one of those homes evokes feelings of peace and happiness for me. They are clean, easy on the eyes, and streamlined. That’s what I’m after, one day at a time!

How to you try to embrace peace throughout your day?

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11 responses to “The Benefit of Embracing Minimalism

  1. This is so true! I plan to fully embrace these ideals as we prepare to move into our shoebox in NYC

  2. Stuff is definitely something I have too much of! I am lucky to be married to someone who has the mentality “if you haven’t touched it in a year, throw it out.” And it is true, that when you’re life is a bit crazy, your house follow suit.

  3. I’m definitely not a minimalist. I don’t like clutter or nicknacks and I don’t collect things, but I do like some stuff. Like clothes. My closet will NEVER be a minimalists closet.

  4. People often joke that I’m a hoarder. I find it nearly impossible for me to get rid of things as I find an emotional attachment to a lot of my items. It’s horrible!

    1. Girl, I feel you. I used to attach feelings to just about everything I own. It’s taken years to move past that!

  5. 270 sq ft?! Wow that’s tiny haha, I try to donate a bunch of crap I don’t use/wear every year but I could probably do it more often.

    1. Yes it is tiny! But, I got used to it! Donating stuff every year is definitely the way to go. I try to do that too!

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