living with less
I didn't used to consider myself a minimalist. In fact, I weighed pretty heavily on the side of a pack rat for most of my teenage + college years. I think the beginning of the shift toward minimalism was when John + I moved to Boston...in our Honda civic! Full disclosure, we did ship about 12 (sizable) boxes of books and clothes, too, but just about everything that we needed or valued had to fit into that car with us.
As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated + felt personally challenged by the philosophy of "use what you have, and only have what you need". I also love this well-known quote, by William Morris: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” So you know I fell hard for The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up when I picked it up this past January. I kon-maried my whole life + I almost feel ready to do it again (except for the weird sock folding. That never took).
Even after paring down immensely two years ago, we already have accumulated more stuff than I can believe or account for! We now live in a 601 square-foot studio apartment, and let me tell you -- we are maxing it out. So, for this reason and generally for the purpose of leaner living, I have decided to take advantage of this new month to challenge myself to bring into our home only the things that we really need.
That includes groceries, gas + bills, as far as I can tell. I am not following any no-spend plan, (I know they exist out there on the internet) I am just going to keep it super simple + cut anything that isn't totally necessary. I'll give you weekly progress reports as accountability for myself, so if you want to join me, you are more than welcome! I would love to have a teammate or two, so let me know if you decide to go for it!! I'm definitely excited to see what I can learn from this.
Here goes :) xo,