Everyone’s way of embracing minimalism is different and that is very important to remember. When you are thinking about becoming minimalist, 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 Rachel, who has kindly offered to share some images of her home with us:
What square footage do you have in your home?
2800 sq. ft. So not small by any means. I find though that all the space in our home feels well used and by having a minimalist approach it actually isn’t difficult to keep a house this size clean and clutter free. I was worried that because it is larger I would want to fill the spaces, but I’m finding the opposite to be true, having big open spaces allows the house and our family to truly relax.
How many people live in your home?
We are a family of 5, there is my husband, myself and our 3 children who are 5, 3 and 1. We have a great Dane who takes up his fair share of space. We are also hoping for more children in the future.
What was your motivation for embracing simplicity in your life?
I find I am a much more grounded person when things are simple. I get anxious and depressed when things start feeling out of control so by getting my house in order and simplifying our home and possessions I found I was able to keep my anxiety in check. So my mental well being would be the key motivator.
How has minimizing your possessions made your life better?
Aside from improving my mental state, I find it allows us to focus on what is most important to us, our family. We spend more time engaging with the kids than picking up after them, or looking for things for them. I find we appreciate the things we have so much more than we did before. Instead of having 50 stuffed animals that the kids never played with they have 1 or 2 that have real meaning for them, it has definitely fostered a greater appreciation for the things we have. I find we are just overall so much happier now than we were when we were surrounded by stuff. Our home is calmer as there is not clutter jumping at us from every surface, our home is really a relaxing and safe haven for our family.
What was your biggest challenge in the middle of decluttering?
I found staying on task difficult, projects would get left half finished, or half sorted. I have 3 young children, getting distracted happened a lot. Another big stumbling block was that often times my husband was resistant to my efforts to purge and downsize, he did come around when the improvements started becoming evident and we haven’t looked back since.
Did you involve your family or were you on your own?
I did involve them but definitely did the lion’s share on my own. My kids played an active roll when going through toys as I didn’t want to hurt them by removing something that still held importance to them. They really took to it and often times will come to me independently now telling me if they are no longer using a toy and want to give it to someone who would play with it more. I also didn’t want to sort through items that were important to my husband as those are things only he can sort through so he would take the time and go through his belonging as well when gently encouraged, it was not something he jumped at doing but had no problem going through things as they were brought to his attention.
What unexpected reactions did you get from friends or family seen your new way to cluttered home?