Own less, experience more. That is the unofficial motto to those who live a minimalistic lifestyle. In it's essence, minimalism is all about owning only what you need and use on a daily or seasonal basis. They believe that by living an uncluttered life, they experience a high level of zen, mindfulness and appreciation for the little things.
Being free from unneeded possessions is a beautiful thing. Take me for example. I was quite a hoarder. Not in a TLC "get-this-girl-a-flamethrower" kind of way, but let's just say my bar was set pretty low on what I considered a possession with "sentimental" value. I kept everything from passable family heirlooms, old pet collars, all five of my failed G1 drivers written tests and pretty much any kind of "art" my children created.
And don't even get me started on the drawers and cupboards full of hair products, makeup, and cans of food I never used, or all the clothes I told myself "Oh, I'll totally wear this someday..." or the hopeful "This will fit again eventually...". Needless to say, my home was a hub full of accumulated crap I truly didn't need.
One day I read a pretty good article about the magic of minimalism. I discovered that it was not only beneficial to your state of mind, but your physical health as well. You don't feel as stressed. You're continually feeling refreshed. You save time from not having to clean the onslaught of clothes and/or toys that slowly become an infestation on your living space. You save money because you get it in your head that you don't truly "need" that new flower arrangement from Homesense. You're self esteem goes up and you aren't as cautious about having your mother come over for a visit.
I have a few tips and tricks for you to free up your lifestyle through the practice of de-cluttering/minimalism.
I hope these tips can help you take your first steps towards an uncluttered lifestyle! If de-cluttering drives you nuts, there are many professional de-clutters out there that can help you through the process! Either way, I highly recommend giving it a try because it can really improve your quality of life and give you more time/money to spend on things that matter!
And at the risk of sounding too "salesy", Ruckify is a platform that can help those who wish to save space, rent the things they need temporarily! So don't worry, the next time you hold "mommy-and-me yoga" at your house, you can rent a juicer on Ruckify!