Minimalist Monday: Finding a Calm Space
I've come a long way since I first became interested in minimalism and simple living. I've decluttered for England, downsized and tamed my shopping addiction. But I must admit I sometimes get frustrated that I've still got too much stuff and too many commitments.
I've realised that there are times you have to accept that simplifying and making changes in your life takes time and that sometimes you simply don't have the time to focus on making these changes.
My fascination with minimalism and simple living has always been about creating a life where I'm quietly content with what I've got, where experiences give more pleasure than material possessions and where relationships are more important than status and outward success. Decluttering, downsizing and less shopping have all helped to me to begin to achieve a life like this.
So my wardrobe may not have reached minimalistic perfection yet, my home is not always quite as ordered as I'd like it to be and my diary is often over scheduled. Yet I feel different. I know I will do more decluttering and I hope I can continue to simplify my commitments. But in the meantime, however busy I am, I can still find calm in my life.
Since I've spent less time shopping and seeking happiness through status I have much more time for simple pleasures. A favourite song, reading, an evening walk or visiting a friend all give me so much pleasure and quiet happiness than shopping ever did. I have nothing outward to show for these things (other than photos and words) but they are much more longer lasting than most things you can buy in a shop.
I still like the odd shopping trip, especially with my Mum, but I'm equally happy wearing my jeans and six year old converse standing in a field of buttercups. A happy calm place where I can just be.
Finding calm moments in my week is just as important and beneficial to me as decluttering my home. For me minimalism isn't all about continual order and elimination it's about enriching my life through simple pleasures.
How about you? Where's your calm space?
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