Home Management

Farewell, Project: Home; Hello, Minimalism!

Merriam-Webster defines minimalism as “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.”  The Minimalists describe minimalism as “a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear.  Freedom from worry.  Freedom from overwhelm.  Freedom from guilt.  Freedom from depression.  Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around.  Real freedom.”

I’ve decided to conclude Project: Home – my room-by-room apartment makeover series – in pursuit of minimalism as a lifestyle.  I came to this conclusion recently after spending almost $400 at Cost Plus World Market in one day for our kitchen makeover.  It was then that I realized that I spend too much money on stuff and too much time managing stuff, and I complain about not having time for my priorities (i.e. spending quality time with my family).  I’m so tired of allowing our stuff to overwhelm me and rob me of the important things in my life, which aren’t things at all.

To start this minimalist journey, I’ve decided to take the next three to four months to do a  room-by-room purge:

  1. Son’s Bedroom/Closet
  2. Girls’ Bedroom/Closet
  3. Master Bedroom/Closet
  4. Kids’ Bathroom
  5. Master Bathroom
  6. Kitchen
  7. Dining Room
  8. Living Room
  9. Home Office
  10. Entryway
  11. Hallway/Laundry “Room”

I hope that by adopting minimalism as a lifestyle, I will be able to free my resources to quickly and efficiently manage our stuff in order to focus on my priorities – instead of trying to acquire and manage more possessions that have no real value.  I aim for simplicity.

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