Recently one of our family members said this to me.
“When too many items filled my space, I had two voices in my head. One said, 'Keep it! It'll look great on that shelf.' The other said, 'Get rid of everything!' Stuck between those two extremes I was taking no action at all. And as more things filled my space, I was stuffing it in closets or under my bed. I finally realized that after I stored something away, I couldn't remember what it was. It wasn’t important enough to me to even think about anymore. The day I finally realized it was time to let go was a day of true independence for me. I no longer had anything weighing on me. The freedom I experienced was worth more than all the things I spent so much time worrying over.”
I was so happy that they had come to a place of peace with their stuff and had found freedom in letting go. I’m still on my journey of letting go and learning to create spaces that are cozy with less. I think this is an area the minimalist world could work on. Showing others that living with less can still be a warm and inviting experience is an important step in helping others who want to lighten their load, but are afraid they will have to live in a sterile environment if they choose a minimalist lifestyle.
Here is a little of what I’ve been doing in our home.
I've sold many of our larger furniture pieces. I found this small table that I use as a tray for drinks in the living room. In the meantime it does double duty in our music room as a place to put a simple vase of flowers. I love the idea of having furniture for multiple uses in our home.