Exploring minimalist living

Recently I have been exploring minimalism.

At first I thought it was so not necessary for me or
my people.

In our Tidy Tutor World we already de-junk. We realize
that our number one obstacle is too much stuff and we
have a plan to get rid of things systematically, to live
life without clutter and this plan works really great
for us.

So, I figured, why go after minimalism?

We are minimalists but we don’t call ourselves it.

But still, just after I went to see “The Minimalists” in NYC on
their book tour I decided to do my regular routine of
de-junking with a minimalist mind set, just for the hell of it.

And something happened. I began to see the things that I owned,
the things that I thought I wanted, the things that I kept intentionally
in a different light.

It made me realize that I had a programed identity attached
to my things. Which made me see that one of the reasons 
I had such a hard time getting rid of things in times past
and why I decided to keep particular things now could be
because if I identified w my stuff then possibly getting rid
of my things was equivalent to getting rid of me.

Well, this is my 3rd week I guess moving forward with this,
and while talking to my girlfriend on the phone, while preparing
the house for a houseguest I am having on Monday, she said something
to me 
that uncovered another layer of understanding.

She said that when she lived in her efficiency apartment years
ago with very little things, she never once resented taking care
of it or the things she owned.

It made me realize some really life altering things.

I spend entirely too much time taking care of this big house and
it’s things. But when I had my family in tact, raising them, I never
felt as if I was being put out taking care of my house or the things in it.

When I was in a big mess, sure it sucked, but I didn’t feel the
dread I feel now, when I have to maintain where I live…
and I am not in a mess here at all.

I am living a life that has changed because I have changed. I have
gotten older, I have gotten divorced, my children have grown…
but I am trying to hold onto what I used to be.

I am no longer a young mother with young children. I am no longer
setting up house for my family to feel secure in, I no longer am playing
the roll I was for so very long…

Taking care of this house feels like I am losing precious time, we only
have this one life to live.

I believe that being a minimalist is really about being our authentic
selves. And finding out that our possessions say way more about us
and how we live life than we believed.

I have a minimalist Facebook group set up, I invite you to join it, and
put in your 2 cents on our road to minimalism. CLICK HERE TO JOIN US!

Much Love to YOU!

The Tidy Tutor
If you are trying to get organized I beg you to check out Tidy Tutor University, you will be soooo happy you did, because you will get organized! There is nothing better than wanting something and getting it 🙂 Especially when it is soooooooo good for you!

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Anna Vessichelli-Mckendrick - Reply

Kathy, I appreciate and completely agree with much of what you said today. Finding myself in a similar stage of life, I do desire to spend less time maintaining things and more time living my life. I find I have two obstacles, the first is finding the time to de-junk and organize. As a single parent, I find I am always working or exhausted from working. I know I need to get things done, but starting a project takes time. The second, is letting go of the personal items such as hand made gifts my children made or the numerous photos that document my life. These are items that take up space and are not in any organized system. They are also items I wish to share and pass on to my children. But I have so many!! 52 years of pre-digital pictures. How do you part with those? The idea of living a more organized and minimal lifestyle appeals to me, mentally, physically, and financially. Where do I start?

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