Some of my best memories as a teenager were when my dad, after being witnessed to while in jail, gave his life to the Lord and started his life over with a cardboard box as a table with a mattress on the floor.
Some of my best memories as a teenager were when my dad, after being witnessed to while in jail, gave his life to the Lord and started his life over with a cardboard box as a table with a mattress on the floor. I started living with my dad just months after this and we literally had NOTHING- just boxes and old foldable table and chairs, 2 mattresses in the same room side by side and a few of the bare necessities for clothing. So many of my memories of those days were so humble, pure and happy. We sat and talked, played games at the table and just enjoyed each other. No TV, little money, nowhere to go but everything we needed right where we were with each other.
The excess, extravagance and waste of today makes me sick, and I am 100% guilty. A Minimalist lifestyle is what I crave and will someday create in my own life post kids, yet the reality of that with 6 very adventurous and athletic kids with lots of equipment, gear and tools requires me to take a lot of deep breaths and accept the process.
In the long journey to minimalism with a large family I have learned to accept the process while loving every opportunity to incorporate “min hacks” into our home from the excess of many things to the essential
My first things I have to say I am learning to do more of is my 3 step process to avoid decision fatigue and LET IT GO:
These are just some of the ways to begin the process to minimalism to maximize your life. I truly believe we all are happier with less stuff and more special moments with each other. The search of a feeling or defining an identity from stuff only leads to a deeper void, shallow feelings and loss of identity. If you can be exactly who you are without anything to make you feel happy you have finally discovered true happiness. SO clean out those closets, clear the clutter, cut out the noise and trust me friend you will think, breathe and be much happier because of it! More “stuff” steals your joy, more time for things that matter reproduces joy!
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