Becoming Minimalist – Month One of Minimalism

Becoming Minimalist for a Year - What has Changed
 
We have been becoming minimalist and this is what I have learned after 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, watching documentaries, and watching people on youtube talk about minimalism.
 
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 any more 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 (yet).  My house is still stuffed full of junk and I have doubles of kitchen tools.  The good thing is, at least now, I don’t have 5 of every kitchen tool haha.  I have noticed minimalism is a way of thinking, now that we have adopted it, I can’t go back to my old ways.
 

Becoming Minimalist & Decluttering:

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 was an excuse to get out of the house and heat.  The drawback was inevitably I would buy something.
 
Now I don’t see the point of going there unless I really need something.  In Target’s place, 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.
Waking Up At 5AM Is Changing My Life
 

Minimalist Snow Ball Effect:

Looking into minimalism has caused a snowball effect for our family.  By watching more documentaries we have learned more about health and our environment.  We have made so many changes in a short time, it’s incredible.
 
We actually changed our diets!  Now we are eating much healthier.  Cutting out a lot of meat and dairy and adding a lot of fruit and veggies.  I have lost 4 pounds and Grant has lost 10 pounds in just a week or two.
 
minimalist day in the life
 

Minimalism Led us to be Eco Friendly:

We no longer buy plastic water bottles.  Grant use to take 4 plastic water bottles to work every day.  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.
 
Below I have linked our entire minimalist journey month by month.  The changes are incredible! 

Watch Finding Minimalism Here:

A great blog about being minimalist is Becoming Minimalist.  They have many wonderful articles on the subject.
 

Here are some of the documentaries we have watched.

What the Health – All about healthy eating.

 

The True Cost – This is about how the fashion industry is ruining our earth.

Living on One Dollar – Proves we can live on a lot less.

Forks Over Knives – Goes into healthy eating.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR MINIMALIST JOURNEY:

Month 1 of Becoming Minimalist

Minimalism Journey After 2 Months

Minimalist Journey After 3 Months

Minimalism Journey 8 Months

Our Journey a Year Later

PIN Becoming Minimalist – Month One of Minimalism:

MINIMALIST ONE MONTH

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