I have always been relatively intentional about the things I bring into my home. Not because I have been a “minimalist” my whole life. Mostly it’s because I’m cheap.
There, I said it.
There’s no shame. I’m careful with our money. It is one of the reasons we are able to go on so many adventures, traveling on a budget.
Buuuut, that’s not to say there haven’t been things in my life that I’ve spent money on, only to realize later that these things are not serving a purpose in my life and the life of my family.
Guilty party of one.
When I realized that I am a minimalist, the purging process immediately followed. For many it’s a struggle, but I knew right away what I wanted to keep and what I did not. The items on this list were some of the first to go, and continue to be things that I do not invest in.
Watch the video or continuing scrolling for a list of 6 things I gave up for a life of minimalism.
P.s. I feel like I need to say this often, but minimalism is not necessarily about the things you are giving up. In fact, Joshua Becker says it best
Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.
So, here we go. 6 things I gave up for a life of minimalism:
Makeup and Beauty Supplies
I basically went from child to adult following the beauty influencer scene on YouTube. Seeing these influencers receive lavish amounts of stunning beauty products had me feeling like I needed to indulge in this lifestyle as well. Turns out, I’m busy and I don’t have available to me hours of my life to sit down and test new products, try out different looks, etc.
I bought into the hype, purchasing a ton of product throughout the years only to realize I reach for the same great items repeatedly. I decided to ditch the clutter and stick with the products I grab daily; the items that flatter me the most and simplify my daily beauty routine.
It gets better. Not only do we have beauty influencers, we also live in a time where Instagram models are being paid large amounts of money to promote different brands and fashion designers. Again, I fell for the hype. I don’t even consider myself to be a “trendy” person and yet I felt the need to have the latest and greatest.
Now a days my closet consists of pieces I wear in rotation; lots of neutrals and styles that are flattering to my body and work with my lifestyle. When I walk into a store I don’t even bother to look at the hot pink body suit on display because I know that even if I like the style at that time, it won’t be a worthwhile investment.
Magazines and movies mostly. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you’ll know that the only thing I do collect are books. Maybe I’ll write a blog post on that topic. In the past I would shop the Black Friday sales and purchase any and every movie that I thought we would enjoy at any given time. This often included children’s DVDs with a collection of episodes, movies that my husband may or may not enjoy, etc.
Now I will only purchase movies that we watch repeatedly (Suicide Squad, Sing, Hacksaw Ridge . . to name a few.) As for magazines, I used to keep them around the house for display purposes as well as store them for travel entertainment. Fast forward to now, it’s extremely rare for us to purchase a magazine and if we do, we donate it once we are finished with it.
It’s a tricky one, I know. A category I had the most trouble with in the beginning because honestly, truly, I care deeply that someone would spend their hard earned money on me and mine. That being said, your happiness and sanity cannot be based off the actions of someone else.
A little while into my journey I became super clear about what I did and did not want in my home and I shared that with the most important people in our lives. To be honest, it took some stress off of loved ones because they quickly came to realize what specific items would be appreciated.
Unfortunately you can never completely stop the gifting of unwanted items, but you can pass those items on to others who will find value in them. Consider working with an organization that helps families or fosters in your community to get rid of your belongings in a way that brings you joy and purpose.
Grout scrubbers, granite counter top cleaners, Swifters and dippers and doppers and cloths … you name it, I had it. A clean home is an obsession of mine. I used to think this meant purchasing cleaning product for e-ver-y-thAng! Turns out, I would always reach for the essentials. Today I stick with the basics; multi use products that clean safely and effectively.
Bonus: An Obsessive Workout Routine
This one probably seems out of place but it was a thing, I swear. There were days when I’d spend 2-2.5 hours in the gym or I’d pop in two at home workouts in a day. Then I would have to drive home, shower, prepare a meal, and clean up the meal. Hours later I would finally sit down to do the stuff that needed to get done.
While yes, I was in the best shape of my life, this routine did not align with my priorities. If you look at my calendar today you will clearly see days marked “Yoga” or “Swim.” Everything else is scheduled around that. Scheduling my workouts helps me to plan my days and my work more efficiently.
Sometimes we don’t realize that these little things in our home are actually having a big impact. If I had looked at this list years ago I wouldn’t have thought anything of it. Looking at it today I see so many new opportunities. More free time. Less fuss over what works and what doesn’t.
You know how we like it.
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