Simplified Life: Sarah

In a page taken (stolen? flattery!) from Miss Minimalist, I would love to hear your stories about how living tiny has made for big changes in your life!  Living tiny isn't about square footage, it's about simplifying and distilling your life down to make room for what's most important to you. 

The first guest post is from Sarah D.:

Moving from a 2 story house in the suburbs of Northern California to a bungalow style home on the central coast called for some major downsizing. My husband and I have always been clutter-free for the most part, but we still had to do away with many items for the move to our soon to be tiny home. Once we were situated we realized less truly is more and the peace of mind it brought was so much more valuable than the artifacts we had to part with. It felt good leaving the past in the past and looking onward to an abundance of simplicity.
As time marched on and we settled in, we started acquiring new household items.  We would of course abide by the "out with the old in with the new motto" but “out” meant into our garage and it was starting to fill up. Anxiousness overcame me when I’d think about the clutter or when I had to go into the garage and literally face it. Outta sight - outta mind, right? Not exactly, you can't escape the chaotic energy you feel when the stuff in your life starts to rule your emotions, it lingers until you take action.
We realized that the attachment to materialistic things cannot be a healthy way of living and that a cluttered life equals a cluttered mind. {So without hesitation it was time to declutter and organize.} Solutions that took place and are still practiced are monthly donations, seasonal decluttering and organizing of spaces (not just spring-cleaning, all seasons), and yard sales or Craigslist for the more “valuable” items we can’t seem to part with for free, because we all have those particular profitable pieces.
If you can recognize the emotional-attachment to physical objects and separate the memory from the object, keeping the memory and discarding the object allows you to see a light at the end of the tunnel when coming to terms with letting go; giving you more light within your actual space and mindset. Take a good hard look at the object and think to yourself “is this of great value to me and my life - what purpose is it serving and when was the last time I actually used it?” Let that question reside temporally and feel the answer; trust your intuition you won’t regret it.
Being mindful when bringing new “stuff” into the home will help gain some insight on self control and self respect. Take back your space and question yourself - is this item a need, want or demand? Is it a necessity or self-indulgence? It all starts with an open mind and open heart to let go of the things no longer serving us. 
Think about the fact that we were brought into this world alone and we are going to leave alone, therefore hanging on to every little physical thing is pointless. We truly don’t own anything and what we worry about collecting or hoarding won’t matter when we are gone from this tiny planet.

 

If you'd like to share your own simplifying adventure, please email me your story.  If you have any questions for Sarah, please leave them in the comments!