I was introduced to minimalism by accident. At the time, my husband and I were looking for land to purchase, so that we were one step closer to marking some things off of our dream list. At the time, I had a priority of reading a lot of books. I mostly read fiction, but had just started venturing out into the non-fiction genre. One book in particular was popping up all over Pinterest, so I decided to order it.
I had no clue the door this book would open up to my life. The impact of the changes after reading this book were immeasurable, so much so that I started to give this book as gifts to friends! If I accidentally discovered minimalism and received a whole new outlook on life, I could only imagine what it would do for my friends and family.
How I Was Introduced to Minimalism
The book that changed my life forever is Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup. As I started to read it, I became confused. I asked myself: How could living with so much less make someone so happy? How could children be so happy with less toys? Not that I am materialistic or anything [because I’m not].
I just didn’t understand how owning less could change someone’s life. I didn’t understand how it could make you happier. We live in a consumerist country that believes we truly need another skillet, monogrammed towels, a shirt we partially like and buy because it was on sale, etc.
I was all the more happy to contribute to this lifestyle, so what Ruth described within this book was the complete opposite of what I was raised to believe.
By the time I finished the book, I could see there was something to this lifestyle. Of course, being the researcher that I am, I began to dig more into Ruth Soukup’s lifestyle.
I watched interviews, read her blog, etc. If she was so happy with living with less, spending less, and found her true passion in life; I wanted it too! I was so tired of the clutter I was surrounded by, and the only way I knew I could change was to follow someone who succeeded at changing it.
Shortly after I finished this book, we found land to purchase, and decided to start getting our house ready to put on the market. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to start downsizing our possessions, and see what we really needed to be happy, as Ruth Soukup explained in her book.
Once this process began, I felt relieved by the amount of stuff being donated! Packing up almost a car full of things to donate really opened my eyes and amazed me! Seeing all of the things we didn’t really need go out the door was incredible!
I even had a couple of friends pick through to make sure there wasn’t anything they needed, and found myself giving away even more! By the time we were ready to put our house on the market, about a quarter of our possessions where donated, sold, or given away to a friend. I felt as if I was on the right path.
What I thought this transformation was about was living simpler. I didn’t realize it was a movement across the United States, or whole globe. I was only doing what I felt was needed to live a happier lifestyle. It wasn’t until later I realized I was becoming my own version of a minimalist.
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