Last week, I shared my 2014 one-word objective, “curate”, with you and mentioned a new concept called Minimalist-Lite. Over the past year, I’ve been discovering and developing what exactly this meant to me and this year I’m ready to embrace it!
But first a little background.
Growing up, I loved stuff. Oh man, stuff was the best! And you know what almost better than all that stuff? Dreaming about one day getting new stuff! As a kid I can clearly remember tagging along with my parents to Lowe’s and making mental lists of all the great appliances, fixtures, and features my grown-up home would have! (Money’s no matter when you’re an adult, right?)
When I got older and into college, I would buy stuff with the intention of saving it for future use. People, I bought giant white ceramic serving dishes while I was living in a dorm room! I saw them at a store and loved them so much I just had to get them. I’d use them someday, right? So, I lugged my new stuff up two flights of stairs and stashed them away under my bed. Granted, I do still have some of those dishes and use them with regularity, but still! The mental state I must have been in to spend the little precious money I had on plain white ceramic dishes with the notion that there would probably be no more dishes like these in the future, makes me sound like a crazy person! I didn’t even have a kitchen for crying out loud!
Then college ended, Josh and I moved to Dallas, and I started to wonder why we had so much G.D. crap! We’re only in our early 20′s; how did we get bogged down with all this stuff? Needless to say, it did not feel great!
This brings us to now. Slowly (and painfully, I might add) over the past year and half, I’ve been working to end my seemingly compulsive need to buy and getting rid of the excess stuff in our home. Working to pay off my credit card played a huge in this mindset shift. At the same time, I’ve been working to form concrete parameters for this Minimalist-Lite concept; to live free from clutter and excess but to still be surrounded by the things that make me happy. I whole-heartedly believe it can be done!
So what exactly is Minimalist-Lite?
Minimalist-lite is a little label for people who err towards minimalism but don’t want to abandon all possessions. Our ambition is never to reduce our belongings to only those that fit into a knapsack, but to surround ourselves with only things are beautiful, meaningful, and useful. We seek contentment above any fleeting happiness advertisements and marketers might “guarantee.” We buy high quality goods that are built to last, not wear out in a year or two. We embrace the notion that every item in our home is something we intentionally decided to keep and we work hard to make sure those decisions aren’t dictated by guilt, buyer’s remorse, or frivolity.
Basically, we still like stuff. But not too much. And only the good stuff.
Let’s get started.
So, this year I’ll be shifting my life (and blog) focus a little bit more towards living better with less and I sincerely hope that those of you who crave more simplicity in your daily lives will join me as well.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing where exactly to start. Obviously, something of this caliber will not happen in one weekend. It’s a long-term commitment to creating simple systems and habits to maintain that simplicity, but trust me, it’ll be totally awesome!