20 Questions Minimalist Style: Christine @ The (Mostly) Simple Life

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Welcome to the 1st 20 Questions Minimalist Style! I am very excited about today’s 20 Questions Minimalist Style participant, Christine with The (Mostly) Simple Life! She is one of my favorite bloggers, who strives for a simple lifestyle.

I hope you enjoy learning more about her and her minimalist lifestyle! Be sure to visit her blog, The (Mostly) Simple Life, and leave her some encouraging words!

Now let’s get to the questions!

20 Questions Minimalist Style: Christine @ The (Mostly) Simple Life

1. Tell me about yourself. Who are you? What do you do?

My name is Christine and I live in West Michigan. I’ll have been married for 6 years in April and we have an adorable fur baby named Mozzie (like Ozzy with an M in front).

I started blogging a few months ago for something creative to do because my job is not creative at all.

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2. What are you passionate about?

Dogs. Dark Chocolate. Sunny Days. Simple Living.

3. What was your life like before you became a minimalist?

I actually have had a tendency towards minimalism pretty much since birth. Growing up, I remember going through all of the stuff in my room and if I hadn’t used it in the last 6 months, I wanted to throw it away!

I’ve always been energized my getting rid of things and organizing things. It just makes me feel good! I’m a bit odd like that.

4. How did you discover minimalism?

I really discovered the minimalism “movement” online by looking into tiny houses. I’m kind of addicted to looking at tiny houses and then thinking about what would be my essential belongings if I only lived in a 150 square foot home.

5. When you need to escape from reality, where do you go and what do you do to gain serenity back?

I really try to make our home an escape from reality. I want it to feel good and safe and relaxing, especially after a crazy day at work. Home should be one of your favorite places to be!

If I’m really overwhelmed and our house feels like it’s a disaster, I shut myself in our bedroom alone. I can clean our bedroom and make the bed in, like, 5 minutes.

Then I have a clean, calm space to be in so that I can relax and escape. Lighting a candle that smells good helps too!

6. How did you begin the transition to a minimalist lifestyle?

Minimalism in my adult life kind of happened out of necessity. Throughout college and after, I usually moved every 6-12 months so it was convenient to be able to pack most of my belongings in one carload.

Now that we own a house, I try to be careful about what comes into our home because it’s easier to keep something from coming in than it is to get things out once they’re in!

7. What does being a minimalist mean to you?

No clutter. Owning only things that I actually use or love. It’s easy to look at your home and think, “I use everything I own.” But if you really think about each item, you might realize that it’s been 5 years since you really used certain things.

8. Where are you currently with your minimalist journey?

Well, my parents moved away last year and we acquired far too much of their stuff. We’ve been going through everything and trading out our old hand-me-downs for the new, nicer hand-me-downs we got from them ☺

It was really overwhelming at first, but we have worked through it slowly.

9. Where do you hope to be in the next 6 months with your journey?

I’d like to own a lot less in 6 months! We are not sure if we will be moving in a year or two (depending on job situations) and I’d like to go through our storage closet and other areas of the house to weed things out.

Once we know we’re going to move, it will be a lot harder to purge when we’re focused on packing. I know that the next few months are the time to make this happen!

10. How has minimalism changed your life?

Good question! Our house is calm and peaceful with less clutter and fewer belongings. It’s rare that I lose something because I know where everything is.

We don’t spend much money shopping because we don’t buy something unless we need it. We have time to develop other hobbies because we don’t let shopping become a hobby and we don’t have that much to clean and take care of.

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11. What things have you changed in your life since becoming a minimalist? Examples: becoming a vegetarian, less waste, using no plastic, etc.

Hmm, nothing as noble as your examples! But I am more sensitive to clutter now. It’s like sensory overload when I’m at the mall or at someone’s house that is really packed full.

I really appreciate a space that is uncluttered and only full of necessary or pretty things. It’s like my eyes need that empty space or “white space” for breathing room if that makes sense.

12. What is the biggest obstacle you have faced? How are/did you overcoming/overcome it?

Haha. My biggest obstacle can be my husband. He likes to keep everything and I like to get rid of everything.

My ways are slowly rubbing off on him, but I’ve learned that I can’t push him to get rid of things that he’s not ready to get rid of. It’s a work in progress.

13. Explain your current wardrobe. Are you following a specific capsule wardrobe project? If, not what guidelines do you use [if any]? What color palette would we see? How many items do you have in your wardrobe?

I wrote a whole post about how I keep my wardrobe as simple: 7 Tips for Simplifying Your Wardrobe

I love looking at capsule wardrobes but I haven’t tried it. I’m able to wear most of my clothes year-round with different layers, so I don’t think I could divide out a chunk of clothes to wear as a “capsule”.

My goal is to pare down my closet so that I wear everything in there pretty much all year, which would make a capsule wardrobe seem unnecessary. I try to go through my closet about twice a year to get rid of clothes from the last season that I didn’t wear.

So, it’s time I go through things again and if there are winter clothes I didn’t wear in the last 6 months, they can probably go. This sounded fun, so I counted what’s in my closet. I didn’t count underwear and PJs.

Sweaters: 7
Fleeces/Sweatshirts: 7
Jeans and Work Pants: 9
Long Sleeve Tops: 15
Short Sleeve Tops/Tank Tops: 14
Dresses: 4
Skirts: 3

And while I was counting things I found a few items I don’t need anymore. Excuse me while I go get rid of stuff ☺ This picture is of the closet that my husband and I share. It’s all of our clothes except for a dresser that has undergarments in it.

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14. What is/are your favorite Minimalist Blogger(s)?

Andrea Dekker

15. What is/are your favorite book(s) on Minimalism?

Eek! I can’t think of one!

16. What is your favorite part of your day?

Any part that I can be home cuddling my pup.

17. What is the last thing you let go of?

A pair of brand new blue tights. We just went through prime tights-wearing weather and I didn’t think to wear them once!

18. What is one thing you wish you could let go of, but haven’t yet?

I’ve been eyeing my craft supplies dresser for a while now. I truly haven’t used most of my craft supplies in over a year and I’m sure there’s plenty to get rid of. But I kind of like having them just in case. That’s the next space on my list to go through.

19. What is the number one benefit you have received due to becoming a minimalist?

A less chaotic home and mind.

20. If you could give advice to someone who wants to start their minimalist journey, what would you say?

Pretend to get rid of things and see how you feel. If I’m not sure if I’m ready to get rid of something, I put it in a box someplace out of the way for 6 months.

If I really need or want that thing later on, I can go get it out of the box. In all of the times I’ve done this, I don’t remember ever missing what I put in the box and going back for it! After 6 months I get rid of the box for good.

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For more information about Christine, please visit her blog, The (Mostly) Simple Life. If you have any questions for her or myself, leave them below in the comments!

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25 thoughts on “20 Questions Minimalist Style: Christine @ The (Mostly) Simple Life”

  1. I wish I had known now about all the clutter when I was younger. I would have saved myself so much stress. LOL But…I know now and I’m making the best of getting rid of the clutter. It really truly does make your life more simple and less stressful!

  2. Carrie Bowers

    I used to do the same thing when I was younger. I was constantly going through my stuff and trying to get it out of my bedroom! I am still trying to do that now with 2 small children and all their toys! Thanks for linking up with us at Friday Funday and please come back again next week!

    1. It’s easy for me to declutter and live simply with my husband and me. It is going to be interesting if we have children to keep up the lifestyle. Thank you for stopping by, Carrie!

  3. You all are definitely inspiring me to start living a more minimalist lifestyle. I’m definitely on board with less clutter! Great post!

  4. I am so happy to do my very first guest post ever on this blog!! I’ve been working on your questions for a few days and I’m Lovin it!!!

  5. Cassie Jahn

    This is so great – especially as my wife and I approach our own minimalist challenge. I’m looking forward to the feelings of relief! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cassie, I woke up this morning thinking about you! I can’t believe you are about to start the 30DMDC in a few short days! I hope by the end of it, I will be able to feature you within this series! Glad you enjoyed reading about Christine!

  6. I love these questions, and I love the idea of minimalism! I’ve just thoroughly decluttered my bedroom and I feel so much more relaxed and calm when I go to bed now!

  7. Great questions. I definitely resonated with Christine… I, too, am on the move and all of my possessions can fit in my car! (I still feel like to have too much!)

    We should start a tiny houses fan club. For real!

    XOXO, Lori

    1. Lori, that’s amazing! You two are now a part of my goal poster! I think all but my furniture would fit in my car, so that is definitely better progress than before I downsized.

    1. Renee, it is easy to make a decision, but sticking to it is another story. I recommend reading the book Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup. She opened the door for me, and I bet she can help you, too! I also read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up once I made the decision, and it really motivated me to only keep what I love! I took baby steps, and several donation trips. Hope this helps! If you want to talk further, you can email me! 🙂

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