Welcome to another week in the 20 Questions Minimalist Style Series! Today, we have a lady who lives a minimalist life with true inspiration from her husband! Her name is Lena and she blogs over at Letters of Elan! Lena is super sweet and excited to share her story with you! [I secretly hope this is the first of many times we get to work together!] If you have questions for her, please leave them below in the comments section!
20 Questions Minimalist Style:
1. Tell me about yourself. Who are you? What do you do?
My name is Lena. I’m newly relocated East coast gal, now a Southern California based inhabitant, lifestyle and travel blogger. For my full-time official job, I work as a Rehab nurse and I’m married to my best friend who also happens to be a doctor in training. Apart from the world of hospital beds, medication passes, and patients, I enjoy exploring California and documenting life in photos. And my blog Letters of Elan is my world of creativity.
2. What are you passionate about?
Writing, learning, and exploring the world
3. What was your life like before you became a minimalist?
My life felt chaotic. It was full of much unnecessary junk. Once I got married, I than learned from my husband what a minimalist really is and my life has changed A LOT and for the better.
4. How did you discover minimalism?
I’ve always been an organized person, but that doesn’t mean that you are a minimalist at all. I feel like I really discovered minimalism when I married my minimalist husband.
5. Did you start shifting your life towards a minimalist lifestyle immediately, or was their hesitation?
I would say the move was gradual. My husband and I have moved four times since getting married and relocating. Throughout our last move, I went all out and did a major tidying up and sweep through all our belongings and got rid of numerous bags of clutter, clothes, and things we just did not need. After doing this, unpacking at our new apartment took a days work.
6. How did you begin the transition to a minimalist lifestyle?
The transition began with me not buying things I did not need. I WANTED things, but I did not NEED them.
7. What does being a minimalist mean to you?
It means clutter free, and living by the phrase “Less is More”.
8. Where are you currently with your minimalist journey?
Where I should be. Living clutter free,having more living space in my apartment to just sit back a relax in the evenings,and spending A LOT less than I used to on things I do not need.
9. Where do you hope to be in the next 6 months with your journey?
Probably do a few more decluttering sessions of my space like my office. It’s organized but far from minimal.
10. How has minimalism changed your life?
It has helped me to breath easier in sense. When I come home from work, my house is not a mess. I don’t remember the last time it took me hours to clean my living space. That’s because I don’t own that much anymore. And that is thanks due to the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
11. What things have you changed in your life since becoming a minimalist? Examples: becoming a vegetarian, less waste, using no plastic, etc.
I recycle MUCH MORE than I ever did in my entire life. But that’s also probably because I live in California, and recycling here becomes a lifestyle.
12. What is the biggest obstacle you have faced? How are/did you overcoming/overcome it?
To stop buying stuff I do not need. I have this weakness for new journals, notebooks,and planners. I buy and buy, and they keep piling up in my office, and I’m not using them. When I tidied up my space once and for all, I got rid of all but 3 of my planners/notebooks and recycled the rest.
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?
This is what my closet and drawer looks like. Most of my clothes are from target. My color schemes consist of back, white, navy, off white, and gray pieces of clothing. There is a tiny bit of color here and there. I buy clothes to match with multiple outfits and not for a one time use.
14. What is/are your favorite Minimalist Blogger(s)?
15. What is/are your favorite book(s) on Minimalism?
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
16. What is your favorite part of your day?
The early morning as the sun starts to rise. Quiet,and peaceful.
17. What is the last thing you let go of?
A pair of my comfiest Roxy Gray Toms styled shoes that started to come apart and had holes. I fixed them with super glue the first time, and now their time had come to an end.
18. What is one thing you wish you could let go of, but haven’t yet?
Honestly there is nothing. I use everything I have.
19. What is the number one benefit you have received due to becoming a minimalist?
More free time. One really don’t understand how much time being a minimalist saves you, unless you make it a way of life.You feel like you finally have your life in order.
20. If you could give advice to someone who wants to start their minimalist journey, what would you say?
I would recommend to start by reading the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It will change your entire life.
For more information about Lena, please visit her blog Letters of Elan. If you have any questions for her or myself, leave them below in the comments!
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