Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love.
A few years ago, I started on a journey to declutter my home. It wasn’t particularly out of hand, but with two small children I was feeling overwhelmed and looking for a way to gain some control over the chaos. I read Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and stumbled upon The Minimalists documentary. I went on to read more books/articles/blogs on the benefits of minimizing. I made a game out of selling off stuff for money. I wanted to see if I could sock away enough to pay for some of our planned trip to Disneyland in the fall.
I spent months going through every area of our home and cutting our things down to just the things we really needed or wanted to keep. During this process, I saw a lot of waste. I was forced to confront some of my spending habits like never before. I wasn’t a crazy spender (except maybe at Christmas) but I wasn’t very intentional either.
Look around. All that clutter used to be money.
At that time, we were living in a rental home and trying but not succeeding in saving up a down payment for a home. I read Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover and my perspective completely shifted. I started budgeting and tracking our expenses with more consistency than ever before.
After months of decluttering like crazy and saving money, my husband found himself on the job market. We decided to have him apply for jobs out of the expensive area that we currently lived. Within two months, he had a new job 100 miles away and we had a week to move. Talk about serendipity! We also decided to downsize to an apartment while we house hunted. My decluttering was not in vain.
Fast forward to the present, we live in a beautiful home that we own. My husband cut his commute down by a ton and loves his new job. Simplifying my space was truly life changing. I see the benefits of having less every single day. Now I want to help others through the same process. Let’s get your own journey to simple started today!