This week we had friends over for a few days. Instead of huddling up 2 families in our house, our kids decided it was much more fun to camp out in our back yard. So we pitched four tents and had an awesome time. I love the coziness of our little tents, snuggling up with my hubby, listening to the different sounds of the night.
Except for the Hadedas and Guinea Fowls making a terrible noise all night high up in our Bloekom trees, we slept wonderful. The next morning when I opened our tent I looked at our house. Suddenly I got hit by the change in perspective. Here I am, sleeping in my little tent, with nothing in it but our sleeping bags. And there, on the other side of the lawn, is our beautiful big house, with soo much stuff in it.
Letting my stuff go
As I looked at our house I wondered… would I be able to let it all go? What would the minimum of belongings be that I can live with? Last year I read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and followed her KonMari method of decluttering our home. Literally everything single thing I belonged went through my hands and I had to decide do I keep or toss. Today I know exactly what is in my house, and most of it has a place where it can be.
But… It is still a lot of stuff.
What if I could get rid of more things, and only keep what I really love. And of course what I genuinely need. Although I’ve discovered that ‘need’ is a relative word, right? The question would be: is it something I can live without, or do I maybe have something else that can fulfil that same function?
A Minimalist challenge
Laying on my thin inflatable mattress in my tent I discovered my challenge for 2017: I want to become a minimalist.
Over the last couple of months I’ve been eyeing the concept of minimalism. There are many different forms and ways to be a minimalist. For me is about eliminating the unnecessary. Appreciating space. Knowing what is enough and how to be content.
While I was contemplating becoming a minimalist in this upside down perspective from my little tent to the big house, I realized it’s been my dream for a long time. A longing for freedom. For less strings attached. Owning things, not being owned by things.
After some soul searching I found 5 reasons why I would like to become a minimalist:
♥︎ Living with less creates more head space. Not just less stuff to clean up and worry about, but also more open space to move and be. Open space encourages creativity, something our family has big time, but because of the lack of space it doesn’t come out.
♥︎ In our world of consumerism we waste a lot of stuff. There must be some sort of conspiracy to make tools that break just after 1 year. I can’t count the many times we had something broken, just outside of warranty. Frustrating. And don’t even talk about ‘who’ made most of the stuff that’s going around these days.
♥︎ If we go on a mission to minimalize, it means we need to stop buying. We’ll have to be creative to find more ways to use one object, instead of buying a specific tool for each task. With this intention I’ll play my small little part in down sizing the footprint.
♥︎ It will make us more grateful. I believe it will bring us to the point where I treasure memories and spending time together as a family, over buying stuff. I’ll be collecting memories in stead of stuff.
♥︎ Freedom!!! If we want to go, we go. No fuzz. No stress about belongings that needs a place. Just go. Simple life. Back to basics. Not being attached to things, but enjoying the beauty of where you are.
Laying in my little tent, looking at our big house, I realized I want to learn to be content with what I have. To know what is enough. It asks for some serious intentional living :-). I’m ready for the challenge.
Ps. What do you see when you look at your home? Curious to hear! Leave a comment below.