Friday, July 28, 2017

Minimalism

I have decided to adopt some of the philosophies of minimalism.  This all started earlier this month when my car's transmission went out.  We had to have the whole transmission rebuilt for around $3000. !  That was unexpected, but also kinda expected at the same time.  When your car is 15 years old you know its going to start falling apart.  We decided it would still be cheaper to fix our car rather than buy a new one or another used one that could have the same problem down the road.

I am currently a stay at home mom for a variety of reasons, but that puts us in the category where we only have one income to support the whole family.  We are fine with that, but we can only make so much money unless my husband decides to work every weekend and late at night.  What kind of life would that be?  One thing we can control is how much money we spend.  If we spend less money we will have more.  I looked at our finances and realized one thing we could cut out was cable TV.  By cutting out cable we are saving $60 a month!  Of course we still want to have something to watch so we did get netflix for $10 a month, and we got an antenna which gives us all the basic channels.  So we are still saving $50 a month.

When we got netflix we happened upon a documentary about minimalism (http://www.theminimalists.com/).  When I was watching this documentary it got me thinking about our life and how much junk we buy and store in our house.  I would go to Target for something to do and walk around looking for stuff we might need.  Just thinking hey maybe I will see something I didn't know I needed or wanted ha ha, just for entertainment.  The crazy thing was we had already been trying to cut back on our spending and then I saw this documentary and it put it all together for me.

This week I started reading all about minimalism and what it is, and how it can help with keeping your house clean.  I started to really look at everything in our house and I started to ask myself when is the last time I used those 16 wine glasses?  When is the last time I used those 30 blankets (we live in CA, its never cold)?

I looked up ways to start cleaning out the house and for me the easiest place to start was the kitchen.  I am not emotionally attached to anything in my kitchen so it was easy for me to keep 8 wine glasses and get rid of 8.  We are starting slow, I am not getting rid of everything in my house, but its funny how after 4 full car loads to the goodwill our house still looks the same.  This is a work in progress I will keep you updated on how it goes...



( one of the many full trash bags we donated)




1 comments:

Lacey D said...

I watched that documentary on netflix a few months ago, it is very interesting to me to see these guys living with next to nothing. I know they are to the extreme, but its very eye opening to how much crap we have, don't need and waste money on. I have been getting better at not going to Target out of boredom lately and when I do I wait for my list to build and stick to it, it feels good to go in with some control. Have you heard of the KonMarie method? I have heard her book is supposed to help you go through your whole house top to bottom but its pretty intense.

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