I’m definitely not the “average” girl. I don’t have makeup, perfume, nail polish, hair supplies, and beauty creams crammed under my sink (my husband is VERY thankful for this 🙂 ). I have found that “simple” works best for me and definitely makes for getting ready quicker, especially when having two children. My minimalist views extend to beauty as well. Less is more. In my personal opinion, a woman who looks natural is far more beautiful than one who cakes on makeup. I want my made up face to look only slightly different from my bare face. I also don’t want to mess with a bunch of beauty supplies. I feel the same about my clothes as I do my makeup and beauty enhancements. Each is valued and treasured. I choose my purchases with thought and sometimes by doing research.
I always get inspired when I read quotes. Whenever I read passages from different minimalists, I feel renewed and ready to declutter and rid myself of excess baggage. Clutter can cause a huge amount of stress. A house filled with stuff can be hard to clean and can be an overload of stimuli on the eyes. Continuously purchasing things can also burn a hole in one’s wallet. Living with less is freeing and purging can be very therapeutic to the soul. So, if you’re ready to be moved and are motivated to live lighter, here are some minimalist quotes that will energize you!
Minimalism encompasses the philosophy of “less is more.” Living with less possessions has a multitude of benefits that will enrich your life and change it for the better. It may not seem that way if you like to acquire materials things, but once you start the process of purging, you will find a sense of clarity and peace as well as a feeling of freedom. It is truly a beautiful process that narrows down for a person what really matters in life. I wanted to share some of the advantages to being a minimalist. My desire is to inspire as many people as I can to live light and to enjoy all of the beauty that minimalism has to offer.
One of the areas in my house that I’ve always kept neat and tidy is my closet. When I purchase an article of clothing, I choose it wisely and carefully. I never impulse buy. I rarely shop or go into department stores. My intent is to live with less clutter. Clothing can be a major area of disorder for many people. I’ve known individuals who have had so much clothing that they can barely see what’s really available to wear in their closet. I’ve also known those who are addicted to shopping. Clothes can just keep piling up if you let them. It isn’t hard to do if you don’t take control of a shopping habit.
My husband and I were blessed to have discovered Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace course. It has made such a difference in the way we manage our money. Since completing the class two years ago, we have been able to pay off all of our debt and to budget for expenses on a weekly basis. We are currently in the midst of paying off our house! It is such a huge accomplishment and is not all that hard to do if you stick with a plan and are diligent about it. Getting started really requires letting go of the desire for material possessions and preventing yourself from indulging in the impulse purchases that you may be used to making. It’s really a freeing experience because you find yourself no longer tied to things. And, paying down the debt as well as saving is quite addictive once you get started. Below, I’ve listed some of the simple ways that have helped us save money.
When my husband and I found out we were having our first child, we were so thrilled! We couldn’t wait to go and register once we knew we were going to have a little girl. But, before we headed out to the store, we had to figure out what we needed. Never having had a baby before, we were clueless as to the items the baby would actually get use out of. Naturally, we asked others and looked online to see if we could find some registries posted. Once the baby got here, we found we had registered for so many things we actually didn’t even need. Now, that we are expecting baby #2, things are a lot easier and we have only the essentials. Being the minimalist family we are, we kept only what we knew we would use with our second child and donated the rest. If you are looking to downsize or to become a family with less, I’ve included a sample baby registry just for you!
Over the course of a year, I have cut down on the amount of television I watch probably by about 98%. When I was single and working full time, I would come home and watch TV religiously. It just became a habit. Like a good book, I was taken away to another place where I could just forget some of the stress in my life at the time and where I could daydream. The programs on the TV entertained me and relaxed me. When I got married, things changed. I no longer had the amount of time I had when I was single to just veg. I began to watch television less and less. Then, when I became a mother, my days of watching TV came to an end. With a child to take care of and with my new job as a stay-at-home mom, my days were filled with daily chores such as cooking, cleaning, running errands, and taking care of my husband and daughter.
Hi Everyone! It has been a while since my last post. I lost my sweet doggy of 15 years and needed some time to grieve and heal. But, I’m back and am ready to share some more of my tips for improving overall health and wellness through diet, simple living and budgeting. Over the past week or so I’ve found a VERY inexpensive hobby that not only saves money, but also takes up little space in your home and is a MAJOR stress reliever. I decided to dabble in some sketching, and let me tell you, I’m addicted! I have found that not only does drawing take me to a place of total relaxation, but I’m pretty good at it. It’s just pure fun and is a
I have been a minimalist for a number of years. Having less has allowed me to focus on the important things in life such as relationships, God, and family. Owning less has inspired me to be highly organized (easy to do when you own few possessions) and to treasure those things that I have without just letting them collect dust in a drawer. I know where everything is in my house and I can locate things quickly and easily. With fewer toys than most children, my 1-year-old daughter appreciates the things she