Ducks 'n a Row: Becoming A Minimalist ... one baby step at a time!

07 July 2012

Becoming A Minimalist ... one baby step at a time!

By Sinea Pies

It was through blogging that I learned about the minimalist lifestyle. Till then, I'd never met a minimalist and the theory that one could live that way was totally foreign to me. 
I've always liked order but achieving order on a daily basis by drastically reducing belongings was just not in my DNA. 
To tell you the truth, I've always loved stuff! Gadgets - trinkets - organizers - decorations. Whoa, I'm listing the things that I still love. And yet, I've come to realize that I don't have to own all of that to be happy. In fact, owning LESS of that will make me really happy.

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”- William Morris  (Quote shared by Becoming Minimalist's Joshua Becker)

So, if I am to become a minimalist of any measure, where to start? Getting rid of stuff, of course!

In the process of re-inventing my house (we are renovating), I pulled all of the frames photos off my tables and boxed them to protect them. But here's what I learned about myself: I've seldom dusted my house because of the obstacles I had to manage in the process. Lovely photos from 7 family weddings, at least 5 group family photos, baby pictures, graduation photos. All cherished gifts. All in really nice frames. All needing dusting, dusting, dusting!  

Rather than putting them back on the tables and risking having someone etch "Dust Me!" on the surface, I have a new plan. 

First, purchase a digital photo frame (maybe even two) and upload all these great photos to be seen over and over again...easy to dust! 

Next, give the old frames away and keep the originals in a photo album for safe keeping. One baby step toward about you? Any great discoveries on how to simplify your life?
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