I love having not much stuff.
And I’ve been like this for as long as I remember.
A really quick rundown of my preference for minimalism………..
Aged 17 – I caught a train to Sydney – leaving home, forever – with only a small carry on suitcase with me.
Aged 22 – upon finishing my Registered Nursing Qualification I had bought a motor bike – a BIG one (BMW 800) and everything I owned fitted into the panniers. I clearly remember my dad squeezing a box of tissues into the ocky strap holding it all on. I think he must have been a bit concerned – seeing his little girl taking off on a huge bike with leathers, helmet and bike boots.
A fair bit older – Cycling around Scotland for 2 months with only 2 small pannier bags really limited what I could take – but it was so simple and as long as everything stayed dry (think plastic bags) all was good.
Even when our first kiddie arrived we lived in a small house in the bush. A copper to heat the water and make a damper in, a wood stove to cook with, no TV or radio, the baby slept on a table at window-height bolstered up on both sides with colourful cushions.
Living on the Hare Krsna farm (yep – a whole other story), everything we owned, even with 2 little boys fit neatly into a small caravan.
How I organised the kids….
Once I had birthed and was raising 6 of the little suckers life did become a bit cluttered. REALLY cluttered.
To break the cycle of overwhelm of owning so much stuff I allocated each of them to look after their own stuff. Save for it, work for money to save, daily cleaning, even the neighbours hired them for car cleaning, lawn mowing etc.and then buy it. It worked quite well.
While all the kids were at home, I was running my business full time and there’s no way I had the time or interest to declutter. Except for the occasional day of clearing out the old clothes, odd socks, obsolete paperwork everything just got stuck in drawers and cupboards.
Even time allocation was at a premium and whatever could be fitted in was – the rest was discarded (things to do that is). This took minimising time and activities to a whole new level.
How I balanced my work and home life with 6 kids….
Prioritising the important things came about because it just had to be done, bought, cleaned up, thrown out or whatever – not because I had written a list or thought about it a lot. Time and space were at a premium.
There were times that there was so much to do that I would say “I just don’t have time for this – but it has to be done – could someone do this for me. Thanks” I just sent it off into the ether, to god, the universe whatever and whoever was out there. The wonderful thing is that it always worked!
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The rest can just go away.
There is great beauty in the minimalistic way of living. Think of one flower in a beautiful vase, a simple couch that serves the purpose of being comfortable, a favourite few items of clothing that can be mixed and matched beautifully. The overwhelming needs for lots of stuff is not necessary, it never has been and never will be.
Our life of consumerism is a wasted life – constantly working to maintain a life of extraordinary overwhelm. The more we have the more we need to clean, dust, move, look after, pay off, wash, carry around and the more confused we get.
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How I minimised my entire life….
About a year ago I found myself in a total state of overwhelming clutter. Clutter in my home, cupboards, car, wardrobe, kitchen cupboards, garage and yard – it had even dripped over to my place of business…it was time to do some serious priority making.
That was when I sold everything I owned and took off in my car to end the overwhelm and indulge in a simple life.
I can still fit everything I own in a small room, a small kitchen and spend my money on things that are experiences not products.