Minimalism has many faces and is expressed in millions of different ways. It is adaptable to your own personal lifestyle and is a lifestyle that has been growing in popularity over the last several years. There is no "right way" to be a minimalist and I think that's one of the most appealing things about it.
A lot of the books and podcasts I've read or listened to have been pushing for a more minimalistic existence to create a stronger relationship with Christ. I think that's great, but if you know anything about me or us, you'd know that's not a motivating factor for us. I'm not Christian. Neither is my husband, so obviously neither are our kids. That being said, when they start referring and talking about Jesus and his minimalist life, I compare him to Buddha and just keep trucking. The idea is still the same: have less stuff, be a happier person/family/home. Religion has nothing directly to do with it, but if you want to add a religious edge to it, go ahead! It's clearly applicable and relevant.
One of my favorite quotes about minimalism is something along the lines of "you're never going to be done." You will never reach a point in your minimalist journey when you say 'yep, I've made it. This is the end.' because minimalism is a lifestyle choice, just like anything else. There is no end because you are always changing, growing, and evolving. Minimalism is a journey and there will always be more things to change, purge, clean, or donate. That's just life. My other favorite quote is this: "You minimalism will not look like mine. That's ok. Minimalism looks different on everyone." We are driven to compare ourselves to others. It's one of the major reasons why "capitalism" works so well. We are always trying, subconsciously or otherwise, to outdo or out-own each other. Minimalism is about getting perspective and focusing on the things that really matter. Not what we own or how our stuff compares to someone else. Life should be about building relationships that are thriving and last a lifetime. My boys won't remember all the toys they had, but they will remember the adventures we go on.
I've collected and linked all of my favorite minimalist resources that I've found helpful over the last year and I will continue to add to this list as I find more useful books, podcasts, instagram pages, youtube pages, etc. If you have any that you espeically love, please add them to the list! I love checking out and sharing new ideas and tips.
Minimalist Resources for Newbs (with kids)
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