Pursuing a Minimalist Lifestyle

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Let’s talk clutter. Why? Because I believe that clutter can be a HUGE cause of stress.

You may be suffering from too much STUFF if you: 

  • Have sinks full of dishes
  • Cluttered counters
  • Overfull refrigerator/pantry
  • Expired food
  • Drawers that won’t open or close
  • Tables that are used for clutter
  • Too much furniture that’s just used to hold more clutter
  • Too many cleaning supplies that didn’t really work

Do you have some of these things? Truth is, you’re not alone! There’s actual research by UCLA-affiliated social sciences that have concluded that American families are OVERWHELMED by the clutter that they’ve accumulated in their homes.

I am one of them!!! I’ve been going through ALL of our house and just looking at the sheer volume of CRAP that has accumulated astounds me. WHY do we have two juicers that have hardly been used? A standing mixer, a food processor, two blenders, 2 cappuccino machines, a mandolin, a veggie spiralizer, and MORE…and that’s just our kitchen!

So I’ve been on a hard core mission to downsize. Get rid of the crap, get rid of the clutter. I’ve joined a few buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook for my town, and have made over $500 just selling some of our junk! The feeling is seriously AMAZING to get rid of some of this stuff.

The truth is—it’s just STUFF. Most people will be surprised on just how LITTLE they can survive with. You don’t NEED an entire closet full of clothes. You don’t NEED an entire cabinet for spices.

You may or may not know this, but I’ve lived in different parts of Africa…and to say that those experiences changed my life would be a HUGE understatement. I remember one of my friends coming over to my house because I was going to cook her her first cheeseburger, and she was amazed at how many spices I had in the cabinet. I asked her what she cooked with, and she said salt! It’s all they could afford. It was a wake up moment for me…just something as little as spices I’ve been taking for granted.

I’ve met people with literally ONLY the clothes on their backs. With one pair of shoes that are falling apart. And over here in the US, we are being CONSUMED by our crap.

Read more of Rachel’s Minimalism Journey!

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