minimalism one month

Becoming Minimalist – Month One of Minimalism

I have been getting rid of the clutter in my house for the last month.  When I have some extra time I have been reading books, and watching documentaries, and watching people on youtube all talk about minimalism, and how great it is.  It seems among some people MINIMALISM is a movement and current trend.  I just happened to find out about it from watching the documentary on Netflix.
For us this will be a way of life because I can’t imagine wasting anymore money in the dollar section of Target buying junk that we end up throwing away a week later.
I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist because my house is still stuffed full of junk and I have doubles of a lot of kitchen tools, but at least now I don’t have 5 of every kitchen tool haha.


After a month of going through every room in my house and only keeping the stuff we use and love I can see a huge difference.  My biggest goal is not bringing any new junk/stuff into the house unless we really NEED it.  This isn’t hard for me, but I never realized how much shopping or looking around stores I use to do. Going to target use to be somewhere I would go just to get out of the heat and look around and be entertained for a short time.  Well now I don’t see the point of going there unless I really Need something, so I have had to come up with other forms of entertainment.
We have gone to the library twice and checked out books and walked around.  We have done a lot more playing in the front yard and lots of time going through the stuff in the house.
Overall I feel like my house looks a lot cleaner.  I know my house isn’t actually “cleaner” but because there isn’t a ton of junk on every shelf it looks like there is more room.

Snow Ball Effect:

Looking into minimalism has caused a snow ball effect for our family.  We have watched more documentaries and learned more about health and our environment.  There have been so many changes in a short time, its incredible.  Even changing our diets!  Now we are eating so much healthier!  I have lost 4 pounds and Grant has lost 10 pounds in just a week or two.

Eco Friendly:

We no longer buy plastic water bottles.  Grant use to take 4 plastic water bottles to work everyday.  Now he takes two large reusable bottles to work.  When I think about how much we were wasting it makes me sad.  That is around 1040 plastic bottles that are not going into a landfill this year.
I will do more updates on the blog as we continue to make life improvements.
Here is my first post on Minimalism.

Watch it Here:

Here are some of the documentaries we have watched.
What the Health
The True Cost
Living on One Dollar
Forks Over Knives



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