I’m starting this blog to capture my journey through mommyhood to two amazing little boys. We’re also trying to do things a little differently than most other families – we’re living a minimalist lifestyle, and we’re doing so for a number of reasons:
1. We love the minimalist aesthetic – not having any clutter around the house allows for a much more peaceful existence, especially with two small children underfoot. Less belongings to take care of means less housework and more time spent doing things we find enjoyable.
2. Minimalism is easy on the pocket-book – being frugal is really my husband’s forte, but I have learned that frugality and minimalism are mutually beneficial.
3. Minimalism is good for the environment – not only are we saving money by not buying things unnecessarily, but we’re saving the resources used to create and transport those same goods.
We’ve been living minimally since we started a huge declutter in the Fall of 2008. Living in a small condo with a toddler and a newborn baby made us realize that we had too little room, which was really a function of having too much stuff. Most of that stuff is gone now to other homes, but it took a lot of time and effort to get there. Life lesson: If you don’t accumulate a ton of junk, you won’t have to worry about eventually rehoming it when you don’t want it any longer. Or even better, you won’t have to worry about all the space your junk will take up in the landfill when no one wants it. I tend to devote a lot of time to reading other blogs related to the subject of minimalism, but wanted to have a space of my own to reflect on our personal journey. I am also hoping that documenting the process will keep me accountable to my goals and values.