Minimalism-My New Adventure

I’m embarking in a new adventure to organize my home and to minimize the contents of it.  Some call this minimalism, I’m calling my view on the concepts “joy-ism”.  Read on to see why.

A few weeks ago I had a good friend visit and we got talking about the new movement of minimalism.  During the conversation she brought up the book  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.  It sparked some interest in the back of my brain.  An online mommy group that I’m apart of has talked about the concept of minimizing to help make life easier allot lately.  I didn’t know if I would ever get around to reading her book, however, I did want to start minimizing.

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                My craft room before joy-ism.

Cut to yesterday and I’m online and a friend posts asking if anyone has read Marie Kondo’s book and if it has made a difference in their lives.  That spark in the back of my brain was renewed and began to shine even brighter.

As I read the comments on her post I decided that I would read it as soon as I had a few extra dollars to get it.

Okay, I know that means never.  Who was I kidding, I never have a few extra dollars.

 

The concept of listening to it on Audible was brought up and my heart soared.  My hubby, Andrew, has an Audible account!  I rushed out to the shop, where he was working, and asked him to explain to me how I could listen to a book.  He came inside and downloaded (or is it uploaded?) the app and the book and I began to listen to it!

To say that this book has already changed my life would be an understatement.

 It has CHANGED MY PROSPECTIVE OF MY BELONGINGS!  It has taught me how to find JOY in my belongings.  People, are you listening?  This is life changing!

I have decided to record my journey, thoughts and experiences on my blog.  I hope it helps someone else.  If not I will have something to come back to and remind myself of these things.

I would really like an actual book to mark up.  However, I wouldn’t have already been almost done with it by now if I wasn’t able to just listen as I went about my day.  I will be purchasing it in the future.

I realize that Marie Kondo isn’t specifically referring to minimalism in her book.  I’m actually combining the two concepts to make it the perfect solution for my family, joy-ism.  I will not only be researching her concept, I will also be researching the concept of minimalism.

Follow along with me and learn how your belongings can bring you joy and change your life for the better.  You’ll be so happy that you did!

In my next post I will share with you the life changing experience that I had yesterday!

If you already have experience with these concepts I would LOVE to hear about it.

6 Comments

  1. I’m a big fan of minimalism. It’s pretty much how I live my life. I feel when you have too many possessions they end up owning you instead of the other way around.

    1. For sure! The more you have, the more time you have to spend taking care of them. I’ve already gotten rid of 5 garbage bags of stuff over the last 2 days. I’ve only spent about 2 1/2 hours doing it too! I’m super excited to see if this will help with how clean my house is.

  2. I read this book last year and it lead me to do a major “joyism” session as well! I now fold my socks and underwear and everything else using her method and it really maximizes space and you see exactly what you have clean at a glance. I love it! I sort of ended at books because I think the next thing was paper which was so overwhelming to me but I have that book tucked in my night stand and have been thinking about reading it again. You might just inspire me to do that!

    1. It’s been an adventure so far! Papers are overwhelming to me also. It’s the concept that there is probably something I’ll find that I should have already taken care of. I just need to take a big breath and do it though. You totally can do it, I have faith in you!

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