Minimalism, as I’m referring to it, is not about taking something away from you; it’s about giving something to you. My definition of minimalism is “the intentional promotion of things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them.” As I sometimes like to say, minimizing is actually optimizing—reducing the number of your possessions until you get to the best possible level for you and your family. It’s individual, freeing, and life promoting. It’s a makeover that you can do on your own, in your current house, just by getting rid of stuff.
I’m not a guru, counselor, or life coach. I’m not going to discuss mindfulness with you, delve into your childhood, or encourage you to map your future. And I don’t want to make unwarranted assumptions about you, because I don’t know exactly where your journey is taking you. Everybody is different.
But I have observed certain basic moves that I believe every new minimalist has to make at some time to reach out and seize the potential that having a minimalist home offers. These steps will get you well on your way across the bridge from dreaming to doing.
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