I told you in an earlier post about Our Minimalist Epiphany, right? In a moment of particular clarity, Hubs and I realized that we had way too much stuff, and that it was stealing our joy. Now, we are not what you would call “hard-core” minimalists, getting rid of all but the bare necessities. Rather, we trying to be more intentional about what we own. Borrowing a phrase I saw on the blog Simple Living
Minimalism is living with what you NEED,
and what you LOVE…That’s it.
I’ve thumbed through Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, where she speaks of the items that you own “sparking joy.” You should handle each and every item in your home, and decide if that thing gives you joy. If it does not, thank it for its service, and get rid of it (in a nutshell).
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not going around my house touching all my stuff or talking to it. I am, however, looking at our possessions with a different eye. Have you ever just stood in a room in your home, looked around, and thought:
“Is this something I really love, or is it just junk.”
“Is this something that is regularly used, or is it just taking up space?”
I’ve been doing just that lately. I ran across a blog called The Burning House. The premise of this photographic blog – If your house were on fire, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s valuable, practical and sentimental. This exercise has caused two things:
I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff that doesn’t really matter, and as a result, our home feels like it’s filled with the items that truly reflect our personalities.
I’ve settled on some Non-negotiable, You’ll have to pry them out of my cold, dead, hands, Prized Possessions:
- My mother in law’s little tin knife: Back when we were dating, I would sit in the kitchen watching her cut up vegetables with so much love.
- My little glass chicken – given to me by the best man at our wedding (there’s a story there.)
- A hundred plus year old Dresden plate quilt, hand pieced and quilted by his grandma.
- My original Dick, Jane and Sally print
- My mom’s cross
These are the things that are the first to be saved in the event of a fire. Oh, of course I’ll try to grab the file box with all of our records in it, and it would be nice to grab some photos, but in reality most of those have been safely stored in the cloud. And yes, I would probably grab our portable hard drive on which we back up both of our computers. But the reality of it is, in true minimalist fashion, much of the stuff in our house is just stuff! The prized possessions have become crystal clear!