I follow a few blogs about minimalist living. To me it is the same thing as simple living. Just going in from a different angle but heading in the same direction. You see I have a very small house. I recently knocked out a wall. i have wanted to do that for so long - actually ever since we bought the house. I now have a two bedroom instead of a three but it is GOOD. I have been looking around and feeling so squshed - so cluttered - so overwhelmed. The wall is gone. I got rid of quite a few things but my goodness so much more has to go.
Little vases of Gardenias - my house smells awesome.
More pineapples growing - I will get three this year.
A vase that someone was tossing out and I grabbed it and potted it up with petunias - gorgeous
I find one of the things we do is hold onto something because we know that if we do want it in the future you don't want to have to buy it again. I do not have a lot of money - I cannot afford to go cloths shopping very often - so I hold onto the things in my cupboard. Yet I wear the same pieces day in and day out. I love those cloths - I feel comfortable in them. They flow on me - they are not tight. So in the next week - everything is coming out of my cupboard - The things I wear are going back in and the rest is going to a charity - or in a bag ready to sell at the next car boot sale.
I have been at my husband about building me a wardrobe. You know a floor to ceiling robe that I can fit everything into. I have just changed my mind. I will fit my cloths into the cupboard I have.
I am currently going through all of my photos and dividing the lot between my three children. They will get them when I go one day so it may as well be sooner than later. As I go through these photos I am keeping out ones that move me - really speak to me - only happy memories though. Those few handfuls of photos are a slither of my life. I am doing a photo wall/area of these and that is it. The funny thing is that I love photography. I am just not into going through photos and reminising. If I ever feel the need to go through my old stuff - I can always take a look at one of my childrens collection.
I have also been thinking a lot about my relationship to money. I have a hate relationship with money - always have. A dear friend has given me a book to read as a birthday gift. He was worried I would be offended. I said not so. I will read it and get back to you I told him. I am doing that - I am reading slowly - taking on board the questions it asks and just letting the information wash over me and allowing myself time to respond. I usually cower away in fright when I have to deal with my relationship with money.
I use it.
I need it,.
I say I don't want it
I say I don't desire it.
But of course I do.
It is just the things I desire are probably different from the things you desire.
I know I hate debt.
I know I am in debt.
Finding my reason - finding the fire in my gut - to change this relationship.
That's the key.
Assuming what fires me now will be what fires me in the future is not correct.
What fires me now will always be important to me but will change in importance once it is achieved.
BEING DEBT FREE.
OWE NO MAN NOTHING
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