Minimalism and Black Friday don’t mix very well. I started this book, Goodbye Things: The New Japanese Minimalism Thanksgiving morning, meaning 2:30 am when I couldn’t sleep.
It was inspirational. It isn’t my favorite minimalism book, but let’s just say I finished the entire thing before Cyber Monday and certainly I have never been less tempted by all the things for sale. It’s not bad. It was actually great. I just have other favorites.
One part that I really liked was his talking about how things we own demand space in our house. My house is feeling cramped and it should feel cavernous for one adult and one toddler.
My attraction to minimalism is different from most people. I don’t want to have to take care of things and keep them clean and put away. I’d rather not have things. I also really want to make some changes to my house and create a more open floor plan, but right now, the walls and door are hiding all the stuff that doesn’t have a place in my office.
So in December, in addition to observing advent, I am planning to do a great purge and you can follow me here and on social media to see my progress. I need you guys to keep me accountable and blogging about it will keep it fun. If anyone wants to join me, let me know.
My goal is at the very least to post a picture each day of all the things leaving my house. #projectfewerthings
You see, this is my reasoning. I’m a widowed mom of a toddler with a full-time job that I often do from my house. I was never great at keeping the house clean at the best of times, but honestly, even the cleanest of people would have trouble on their own working full-time with a toddler.
I have a sister staying with me for the month and helping me til Christmas. I realized we could either work on staying on top of the mess, or we could drastically minimize the stuff, so that I’m not back in the same place when she leaves and I’m back on my own.
I don’t think getting rid of things will be nearly as easy as I imagine while laying in bed at night. Some of the things, I’ll be faced with are my husband’s things. I know some widows clean out things immediately. I did not. I gave away things I knew others could use, but the things that hold random memories for me, or even just point to the kind of person he was, are still right where he left them. I’m not going to push myself.
So stay tuned…
December will be devoted to Project Fewer Things and, of course, one of the most relatable church seasons, Advent, the season of waiting for a Savior.
Love this! This seems to be an ongoing goal of ours ;). You have such great perspective, and praying it’s a joyous journey this month
Always a goal of mine, Cam. I just can never follow thru. It’s hard to get rid of stuff that is vintage or been in my famiy from long before I was born. That plus being raised by parents who could never get rid of anything ( aka, they were children in the depression) and living in a small house makes this goal of getting rid of things very, very hard. I will be watching your progess 😉. Hope it goes well, after all it is “just stuff” and having it around all the time to clean and find a spot for…can drive one crazy!
Kerri might have to help us both. Family heirlooms have so many extra levels of meaning
I’m with you 😉 and will follow you through this journey as I strive for the same “minimalism” and True simplicity!
I’ve been doing this for the last year! I had so much junk in my house! Just cleaned out our master closet and I have 4 large black bags for the thrift store! It feels good!
Impressive what can come from a closet.
I’m with you on this. Keeping things tidy isn’t natural to me and I’ve realized that just having too much stuff is a huge part of the problem. You don’t have to put stuff away if you don’t own it.
What are your favorite minimalism books?
I found Marie Kondo’s the most helpful. I only got through clothing but that was 2.5 years ago and my clothes are still organized, and nothing less is that organized. More and Less was also great and I like that it’s focus was actually outward and not our own enjoyment of less
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