Radical Simplicity and a Beautiful, Messy Life

Four Essential Mindsets on Your Minimalist Journey

Minimalist Journey

Progress, not perfection.

Have you heard the old colloquialism about how to eat an elephant?  You do it one bite at a time.  Chip away at the clutter a little more, week after week and eventually your home will be the minimalist retreat you hope for.  Rome wasn't built in a day and old habits take time to change into new ones. 


Make it personal.

We've all seen inspiring stories of people who committed to have a certain number of items, say 100, and then decluttered until they met that number.  That's great for them, and it can be a great reminder of how few items a person actually needs, but that method is not practical or attainable or even desirable for each person.  This is your journey, and minimalism for you will look different than it will for others.


Live in the now.

It can be so tempting to hang on to things because of the what-if's of life.  What if my other can-opener breaks?  What if I lose some weight and those jeans fit again?  What if I want to read this book someday?   But we cannot live in all the what-if's of this unpredictable life.  Build the life you want with just enough baggage to carry you through and trust that you will have the things you need as you journey forward.


Choose contentment today. 

As you progress towards your ideal minimalist life, it is important to be content with where you are today.  Being discontent with our too many belongings is no better than being discontent with too few. The point is to stop searching for contentment in things that perish with the using.  Seek contentment in the deeper and more meaningful things in your life, and accept yourself wherever you are on your minimalist journey.



2 comments

  1. I particularly like the mindset of"progress not perfection " We make a mess of things over our lifetime, we can't expect to clean it up overnight.

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  2. I particularly like the mindset of"progress not perfection " We make a mess of things over our lifetime, we can't expect to clean it up overnight.

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