Spring Cleaning and Minimalism

SpringCleanHeroSpring cleaning can be both a daunting task as well as a labor of love. As we go from room to room throughout our homes opening windows and deep cleaning all of those area’s and spaces we quickly discover items that we ask ourselves, “Why do I have this?” We start creating boxes and bags and fill them with items that we will soon either bring to Goodwill or sell at a yard sale. It isn’t long before we have many bags and boxes filled and we look at the space that we live in with less clutter and the breath in the freshness of a clean home. This feeling brings us such a sense of well being that soon we decide to gather up more stuff around our homes to get rid of. It is contagious. When we look at the pile of stuff ready to leave our homes forever we wonder where it all came from in the first place, and why did it end up in our homes. We question each and every item and ask ourselves what it cost us and why did we buy it. This is the feeling that a minimalist lives each day of their lives.

We will feel that spark inside of us, you know, that urge to keep things from this point forward at a minimum. What if it was possible to keep everything in our homes at a minimum and only bring those items into our homes that truly serve a purpose to us or bring us great joy. What else do we have in our homes that are not serving a purpose or bringing us joy? Hmmm… And this is where it starts for many minimalists. Without even knowing a thing about this thing called minimalism we naturally lean in the direction of it because it makes us feel a certain comfort inside. For some this feeling only last so long and soon they are filling those empty spaces with all kinds of stuff that they believe will bring them joy, but for others they learn that it is those empty spaces that they find great joy in. It is the latter that may discover that living with less is a better way to live.

It doesn’t happen to many, but the numbers are growing and many great books have been written about this movement. As their houses become less and less cluttered they begin to question other things in their lives that are also cluttered. How am I spending my time? Am I doing things that serve a greater purpose and bring me joy? Do I really need to live in this huge home that costs a fortune to heat in the winter and cool in the summer? Is my life all about stuff or is there something that I am missing out on?

Minimalism takes away the dream of someday doing something that you truly love and replaces it with the knowledge that you could do it now. Someday I will be able to learn to paint, or play a guitar, or whatever it is that brings us great joy. When we take away the clutter and all of the things in our lives that have been getting in the way of living our dreams life becomes as stale as the air that we breath without our windows open on a Spring day. It takes our lives and places them back into an area where our souls can dance in delight in the pleasures of doing and being what we feel that we could do one day.

As you do your own Spring cleaning this year I want to hold on to those thoughts that will arise as you go through this process. Don’t let them go and start to question everything about your life. Are you truly happy? Some are, but those of you who aren’t take this opportunity to move forward in the direction of finding out exactly who you are and what it will take to make your dreams come alive right now and find your way into the love of minimalism. As you clean those windows let your life itself become clearer.

Blood Sugar- 103, Weight- 171.6

Treadmill- 20 Minutes

Bowflex- BACK
Pulldowns- 310 lbs – 15
Rows- 310 lbs – 15
Reverse Flys- 110 lbs – 15

Meals
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Roast Beef, Peas, 1/2 Baked Potato
Dinner- Chicken, Salad

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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24 Responses to Spring Cleaning and Minimalism

  1. Florida Minimalist says:

    This is really great!

  2. elricsfate says:

    A review of my blog over the past year or so will reveal that I have written a great many posts on the subject captured in the following excerpt from above: “How am I spending my time? Am I doing things that serve a greater purpose and bring me joy? Do I really need to live in this huge home that costs a fortune to heat in the winter and cool in the summer? Is my life all about stuff or is there something that I am missing out on?”

    While it can certainly be said that I desire a more simplified life, and enjoy my “country living”, I would not classify myself as a “minimalist”. I do go through the house tossing items I cannot identify and things I haven’t used in a long time. But usually it is to make room for more things.

    I am a bit of a collector actually. One bass is not enough. Nor is one t.v., one computer, or even one tattoo. I buy new guns because they are different from the ones I already have, not because what I have is insufficient.

    Growing up we had food, shelter, clothes, etc. But we never had any of “the good stuff”. I spent a great many years chasing money, and I have found more than enough ways to spend it. And yeah, I need my huge home. I like my space. But I have certainly spent more than a few hours contemplating the fact that the things in my life supplement it, but they are not my life. So I have every intention of continuing to be a maximist 😉 I’m just going to add some meat and potatoes to my ice cream and cupcakes. (Figuratively speaking, of course).

  3. I too have found once I simplified my life became less hectic and stressful. It’s good to see the floor of a closet or come home to an uncluttered place if I haven’t done housework lately. It’s a good feeling overall.

  4. This is totally weird. We must have some kind of mind meld going on because this afternoon before reading this, I went through my larger food larder/cupboard and rooted out all of the stuff I was no longer going to use.
    It strikes me that whatever you are writing, I am either doing or writing myself!
    Weird!!

  5. lol I can relate. And I thought I was the only one like this

  6. Great post and a reminder to us to not hold on so tightly to things.

  7. Madoc says:

    I’m glad that we live in the age of plenty, but I wish people would approach it with moderation and responsibility. There is simply zero excuse for the way that most people live, including formerly myself. All the money that could have been saved, not to mention the quality of life sacrificed.

    As I prepare to clean out my place yet again, I just wanted to say thanks for providing me with stuff like this to read. Otherwise, I would begin to think I was insane for swimming against the current.

    • I am glad you enjoyed my post. I think that we are all at certain times in our lives where we find happiness in different area’s. Like you, I would love to see all of us discovering the joys of minimalism, but people are who they are and that is OK.

  8. Guru Singh says:

    My wife will go along with your minimalist approach! I have been a hoarder over the years but am learning fast!

  9. hsampson says:

    Thank you! excellent advice! Really thank you!

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