I’ve been a minimalist since my very first move as a young parent. It was more than 20 years ago, a time when minimalism wasn’t discussed as openly as today. No one was talking about how owning less could greatly improve your life. I discovered its benefits out of necessity when I was on the verge of tears. Our movers had miscalculated the amount of stuff that was carefully organized in our 600sqft house. It was a cold December night, and my husband and I, with our two young kids of 3 years and 6 months old, found ourselves with nowhere to go. All our belongings were in the truck, but the movers would only deliver our things the next day.
We had no bed to sleep on in our new home, and I could only think of my kids. I actually cried out of despair when the movers explained that the move took longer than expected and the movers were too tired to finish within the same day. Thankfully, they took pity on us and helped with our mattresses, since the new home was only a 20-minute drive away.
The real challenge came the next day, when we had to unpack everything. We went from 600sqft to a luxurious 1,110sqft apartment with a small room to hide away all of our unnecessary belongings. I filled up this room from floor to ceiling with items we no longer used or needed, without throwing them away. When we couldn’t even walk in this room, I knew something had to change. I realized that everything in that room needed to go. I had to reclaim that space, which ended up being a burden for me and my family. This first move was our first step towards a minimalist lifestyle.
It took us several years to embrace the minimalist life fully. We’ve moved multiple times throughout the years, so it was necessary for us to own only a few things. However, whatever the lifestyle, our belongings should improve our life and serve us. They should not weigh us down (physically and financially).