Becoming Minimalist


Last weekend my husband and I began to simplify.
It’s funny how I can pick up an item I haven’t worn in years
& struggle to get rid of it as though I have some emotional attachment
to it all of a sudden… {anyone else experience this??}

Well, we have officially begun our journey to simplify our lives.
Our goal is to keep the things that we need {truly need}
and to share what we have been given with others.
Our goal is to get rid of 50% of what we have.
{keep in mind, this is a goal… we will see how it works out}

I’m overwhelmed by the number of emails & messages
I received upon sharing this.
You all have been such a blessing and an encouragement
in my life and in my walk with the Lord.
One of you sent me a link to a website.
This website is now one of my go-to’s.

The website is called “Becoming Minimalist.”
While there are many posts I absolutely loved,
I thought this list below was a great start.
Here are 10 areas in which I want to become a minimalist!



The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life

  1. Your Possessions – Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. If you will invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it.
  2. Your Time Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.
  3. Your Goals – Reduce the number of goals you are intentionally striving for in your life to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. When you finish one, add another from your list.
  4. Your Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  5. Your Debt – If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.
  6. Your Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.
  7. Your Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.
  8. Your Screen Time – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off.
  9. Your Connections to the World – Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off the blackberry, log off facebook, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent. A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.
  10. Your Multi-Tasking – Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. while single-tasking is becoming a lost art, learn it. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.


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    Megan Minns
    January 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Love this AND this new blog design! It is gorgeous!!

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    January 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    New to your blog! I absolutely love this. Thank you for this post.

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    January 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Very cool. Some food for thought. I would not have thought to minimize some of those areas!

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    Victoria B
    January 17, 2014 at 6:08 am

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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    Chantel Klassen
    January 17, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, I absolutely love this! A huge part of me would like to downsize (house wise and possessions) but unfortunately where we live right now tiny houses cost just as much as bigger houses so it seems a little silly. But I like the idea of getting rid of 50% of your possessions, I have so many little things I hold on to because I might need it “one day”. Maybe I’ll try to purge a few things this next week. :)

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    January 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Absolutely love this!! Making room for a new member of the family?? Or preparing to buy your first home?
    And I agree with Megan! LOVE the new blog design and simplicty. Perfection

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    January 18, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This is a brilliant thing to do, I love how simplifying is so holistic. I hope you guys achieve it!
    I’ve managed to throw away a fair few things since Christmas to make way for the new, but I absolutely have empty sentimental attachments to things…. Or my go to excuse is ‘that could come in handy for fancy dress some day’ haha. Love your blog, been following for about a month now :)

    Esther x

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