Minimalism – Everyday Maintenance


Minimalism and decluttering should not simply be an excuse for a massive clean-up followed by more of the same – buy, buy, buying of stuff.

Downsizing, voluntary simplicity, minimalism – whatever terminology you wish to use – is a complete change of mindset which requires constant vigilance to ensure that clutter does not creep back into your life.

I try to do something every day to streamline my life and enhance the way we live.  Yesterday I unsubscribed from 2 email mailing lists so that is several more emails that I do not have to delete every week.  It is much easier to eliminate things at the source rather than constantly trying remove unnecessary intrusions, regardless of their form.

There is so much we can do to simplify our lives but it is important to remember that we did not acquire all of this ‘stuff’ overnight, so it is a ridiculous goal to attempt to clear out the excess in our lives in a short space of time.    Slow down and appreciate the benefits of the space (mental and physical) you create with every small step.

By creating space you are able to embrace special opportunities that present themselves.  I am looking forward one such occasion tonight.  The Duke and I are going to a show with Belle and Missy.  It will be great to spend time together as a family doing something that means a lot to all of us.  This possible because we have plenty of space in our schedules which is often unusual this close to Christmas.  Over the past few years we have eliminated many of the Christmas functions which we attended due to a feeling of obligation rather than a real desire to celebrate.  Now we do exactly what is important and meaningful to us and a lot of the stress has been removed.

Have you simplified aspects of your life?

3 thoughts on “Minimalism – Everyday Maintenance

  1. Even though we are Christians we don’t have xmas celebrations AT ALL. We celebrate the birth of Christ through other means including the Lord’s supper. After xmas we give our family a new year gift of some cash to buy whatever they like. So we don’t have to worry about presents or special food, or all the other razzamatazz. It is always a peaceful time for us and very minimalist.
    After xmas, family will come for a few days and then I will be a bit busy with extra food and sleeping arrangements.

    • I think it is great that you are confident enough to make your own decisions about the style of celebration which is meaningful to you and your family.

  2. What a great post. You are so right that we also have to look at reducing what is coming in to our homes and schedules. It is a pleasure to hear that you have open space in your schedule at this time of year, and that you are making the most of it. It’s a refreshing change to what is normally such a frantic time.

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