Whenever I go to check the mail I scan through it and toss any junk mail in the trash before I come back inside. Why? Because I am the self-proclaimed guardian of our doorway, turning away or disposing of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose in our home.
Most of my shopping goes down on the Kroger Clicklist app. I have three growing boys after all. Shopping on the app at home keeps me from impulse buying. Also, I don’t end up with 7 bottles of ketchup because I’m not standing in the condiment aisle thinking that we may need ketchup.
Fully Committed To Minimalism
My husband and I both occasionally feel compelled to buy things we want but have no use for. I’m not talking specifics like a new addition to his Marvel movie collection or another pair of black leggings for me. What I’m referring to is that desire to buy something just to have something new. Fortunately, we tend to have these inclinations at different times. So when it’s my turn to confess that I’m needing a quick dopamine fix via unnecessary splurges, he’s there to hold me accountable or distract me. And vice versa. We made a decision together to live with less, and we’re on the same page about what we need and don’t need.
Boredom Isn’t A Bad Thing
We also apply the concept of minimalism to how we spend our time. So, as the one who initially set our family on this path, I like to set a good example by spending less time on trivial or mind-numbing activities. I can’t encourage my kids to read more or play outside as I scroll through Facebook for the fifth time that day. I could, but that in itself would be a waste of time. Be careful of the time wasters lurking around your home and how they’re used. It’s not only okay to be bored, but it can also be beneficial. Boredom sparks imagination, and being able to sit with yourself comfortably is a good skill to develop.
Once we give up being attached to physical possessions, we find the time and freedom to follow bigger dreams.Joshua Becker
Bottom line: Don’t set a time limit on a lifestyle. Let go of things as you’re ready. It’s not emotionally healthy to traumatize yourself during the journey to minimalism. Also, it’s important to know yourself and how you operate best. If you do better with hard and fast guidelines, try to set boundaries for yourself concerning what to keep and what to purchase. If you operate better when you allow yourself to bend the rules occasionally, then, by all means, bend away.
Have you been thinking about living a more minimal lifestyle? If you’ve already started, how’s it going? I’d love to have a conversation in the comments below. If you’re looking for more information about minimalism check out my other posts:
- Why I’m Embracing A Minimalist Lifestyle (And Why You Should As Well)
- 5 Things I Learned While Removing Clutter From My Home
- How I Created A Minimalist Home