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I started my minimalism journey about three years ago. You can read about that here and here if you’d like. It was accidental, not intentional. I didn’t even really know what to label it, I just did it. We moved into a 900 square foot house with our 4 kids and it forced me to only take what was necessary. Since then, we’ve moved into a house that is more then double the size. Because of this, I’ve shifted back toward my old ways. I’m back to too much stuff and not enough room. I blamed it on this house not having a basement, but you know what? If I need a storage spot for it, I probably don’t need it.
I watched this documentary on Netflix by the Minimalists and it dawned on me- in many ways I felt so much freer when we lived in the smaller house. Thinking about it, it had a lot to do with me intentionally not making purchases because I knew we didn’t have the room for it. I chose to live with less. I complained a lot because of the small size, but looking back it was a blessing.
I’m going back to minimalism and if you’d care to join, let’s do it together! I named this blog This Providence House because I knew God had provided every step of the way. One of the aspects of following God that I’ve always strived for in vain is contentment. I can identify certain influencers in my life that continually draw me back to wanting “more”.
Influencers that make us want “MORE”:
Those that I was closest with completely supported my initial minimalist efforts. When I changed jobs, I was employed in someone’s home that was obsessed with consumerism. I’m definitely not saying it’s her fault. I let it get to me. It was an old wound that had reopened. I went right back to where I was. Right back to name brand everything just for the sake of the name brand. Having amazing experiences just to talk about them. Being “in the know” so that I didn’t feel left out. Guys- it’s a trap.
This one is pretty obvious. Commercials, TV shows, shopping channels. It’s another trap. You don’t really need it, but you see it so you want it. Netflix has been a nice change since you don’t see commercials anymore. But, even with TV shows it’s easy to see something you want and not feel content with what you have. A perfect style, living room, car, etc. It’s easy to forget that it’s a stage and perfect on purpose.
Another trap is seeing those perfect images in magazines. This is where you want to copy what you see “for less”. I easily fall into this trap in the check out lines at grocery stores. I don’t follow celebrities, but when I see them in magazines with how to copy them…I’ll admit, I’m tempted. Which is hilarious because I’m not anywhere near celebrity status. Not in my looks, figure, popularity- okay, I’ll stop before I get depressed. You get the idea. It’s okay to have less. Anyone telling you differently is trying to sell you something.
4. Social Media:
For me social media is a comparison trap. So often Facebook made me feel my life was so boring compared to everyone else’s. Like I’m so plain and everyone else really has it going on. It’s a trap. You don’t know what they’re going through. What price did they actually pay to do what they’re doing? It’s not always a financial price that was paid. Run! Don’t go there if that’s a weakness for you!
The point is, if you know you have negative influencers in your life, try your best to get away from them as fast as you can. For me, I quit my job. I know that’s extreme, but it’s what I did. Thankfully I have a husband that works so we can pay the bills. But, going from two incomes to one without really planning is what pushed me back into minimalism. It’s so freeing!
My husband was the one paying the bills and we were using my income to basically pay for the extras. By extras I mean trips to Pottery Barn, J. Crew (still my favorite clothing brand), IKEA, H&M. Do you see a pattern here? I was working so that we could afford more stuff!
So, I’m going through my clothes. That’s the start of the end of consumerism. It’s the start to my return to minimalism.
What I’m going to do is Project 333. Use 33 items for 3 months and see what happens. I’m going to try and sell whatever I know I won’t wear and put the rest in storage. I’ll only use the 33 items that I’ve chosen. I’m not going to count pajamas or my running clothes.
If you have any questions about this post, ask away in the comments. I think consumerism is something so many of us struggle with. Let’s talk about it.
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