Journey to Minimalism – 8 Months

We have been becoming minimalist for 8 months now!  See what has changed.

One thing that has really surprised me after decluttering for 8 months, is how far we are from being minimalist.  Where is the minimal house? 

This process really takes a lot of time. 

I declutter an area and live with it for a while, then as time passes I usually realize there is a lot more that can go. 

When I find items I haven’t used in 8 months I go through them again and get rid of them.

 

Journey to Minimalism 8 Months

 

I know everyone does this process in different ways, but for me slow has been the best way. 
 
I have a fear that I will not have enough of something (like towels) and then I will have to shop again for items. 
 
So going slow has been the key for me.  At this point, there has never been one moment of regret for anything I have donated or thrown out.
 
minimalist kids bedroom
There have been so many changes since starting this process:
  • Living more intentionally = I am now thinking about the purchases I make and how that will impact my house; adding clutter, wasting money, the impact on the environment…
I am also intentionally thinking about how my time is spent and what I can accomplish if I use my time wisely.  Not watching TV, I use to watch so much TV!
 
  That is what I did to pass my time, which is fine if that is what you love, but I was doing it out of habit and once I stopped I didn’t miss it at all. 
 
In my free time, I have started a YouTube channel, we have traveled to New Zealand, I have read about 10 books or more in the last 8 months.  I can’t believe the amount of time I was wasting.
  • I have a lot more free time because I am not having to waste a lot of my time organizing my stuff.  I use to constantly have to organize toys and cupboards to try and fit everything in and now I just clear it out ha ha.

 

Eco Friendly

 

  • We are trying to become more eco-friendly in our house.  There are a lot of small changes that I am making and have made to be less wasteful.

 

    • We no longer buy water! What a waste of money and all that plastic that is ruining our environment.  We have a water purifier and we use reusable
      bottles.
    • We don’t use paper towels as much.  Grant always used a paper towel to dry his hand and I finally convinced him to use a towel.  I actually hid the
      paper towels, we still have them for an emergency, but we don’t use them very often.
    • I have stopped using plastic wrap.

    • Unplug everything that we are not using.
    • I try to turn off the lights and use natural light during the day.
    • Schedule all of my shopping in one trip where I am already out so there is less driving.
    • I only do super full loads of laundry.
    • Bring my own bags to the market and when shopping I try to pick glass bottles instead of plastic. 
      I started buying eco-friendly products instead of the products I use to buy.

    • I am cooking more food at home and making more homemade snacks instead of packaged snacks.

    • When I buy packaged foods I look for things that have the least amount of packaging

    • I have gone to using bar soap in the shower (saving the environment from those huge plastic soap bottles)

    • Reusable diapers.  I had used them on and off, but when we are home I am using them.

 

Read More:

Second Hand Clothes + Minimalism

Decluttered Kids – Before and After

How We Became Minimalist

Waking up at 5am – How my life has changed!

Decision Fatigue – Do you have this?

How to do a Seasonal Declutter

 

We are defiantly not perfect, but we are trying our best to make a small difference.  I am currently researching more ways to cut our waste.

 

  • Spending our money on experiences instead of things.  We have been taking a lot more day trips around California and using our money we are saving on vacations.  As well as saving for the future.

  • We are eating healthier.  After watching some documentaries and reading lots of articles we have learned about how important it is to buy non-gmo and organic food. Not only for your health but for the future of our world.  I know it can be a little more expensive, but when it’s possible I try to buy organic food.

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2 thoughts on “Journey to Minimalism – 8 Months”

  1. I love this! There are so many small benefits that add up to overall life change on this minimalism journey. It truly is a “find your own way” type experience, but I agree with you–the slow method–while not dramatic and instant, is still incredibly effective for families. It’s been three years for our family, and I am still going through areas and letting things go that I wasn’t ready to part with before.

    You make an excellent point that by going slow, it actually reduces regrettable decisions because you’re making slower, rational decisions. I love that! I think it also helps my young daughter too. I started minimizing right after she was born, and now at 3 she’s very aware of what disappears, so slow also helps her to adjust and appreciate the little changes. Keep it up, you’re making incredible changes!

    1. SHANNON

      I agree slowly decluttering has really helped us with not making the wrong decisions. That is great you have been able to help your daughter adjust slowly to the decluttering. I hope you have a great day.

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