Everyone’s idea of minimalism is different and that is very important to remember. When you are thinking about embracing minimalism, the whole point of it is to keep true to your authentic self. What is important to you, the things you enjoy and the life you want to live. I’m excited to share some real life examples of what minimalism looks like in different homes around the world. If you would like to share a tour of your home, please contact me here with “HOME TOUR” in the subject line.
And now, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Alisha, who has kindly offered to share some images of her home with us:
Hi my name is Alisha, My husband and I bought and renovated our farmhouse and it has been an adventure I’m a wife, mother, daughter, & Child of God. This last year has been a whirlwind for our family our middle child was hospitalized for 5 weeks end of January 2016 and is still needing extra care. We came through that by the grace of God our father and praise his name forever! I enjoy Gardening & canning and can’t wait for spring to jump into the growing season!
What square footage do you have in your home? We have an 1800 sf 1940’s old farmhouse but am excited for our 1000 sf garage to turn into our living room and laundry room.. We love having our friends over and they all have large families so the living room will be well used!
How many people live in your home? We are a family of 5! My wonderful husband and 3 kiddos my oldest is a spunky just-turned-3 year old, our (almost) 2 year old is such a sweetheart and a fun little 8 month old.
What was your motivation for embracing simplicity in your life? I want to have fun with my family and not be bogged down with stuff!!! We are not meant to be collectors of stuff but fishers of men. I’m excited to use our home as a refuge. Not being stressed about people showing up is so refreshing. Life is fleeting I do not want to spends my days “organizing” my stuff.
How has minimizing your possessions made your life better? Wow, where to start? I feel less confused and more hopeful! Ready for anything!! I can’t wait to see how much more I can purge this next year.
What was your biggest challenge in the middle of decluttering? Having 3 very young kids and a garage sale habit.
Did you involve your family or were you on your own? My husband was very supportive he has helped keep the kids occupied and my mother has been so encouraging she keeps reminding me that stuff is not what we are placed on this earth for! We came with nothing and are leaving with nothing. People matter not things.
What unexpected reactions did you get from friends or family seen your new way to cluttered home? Some are shocked it’s a new thought to some people, but lots of my friend have large families and are eager to simplify their lives! My younger sister continually texts me encouraging things and is on this journey with me. My older sister has 9 kids under 11 and she is full force on being minimal so we are all on the same track, and it’s awesome!
Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube