Thoughts on Minimalism

Aaron and I have been talking a lot lately about minimalism. Simplify, Simplify, Simplify. That’s what we’re trying to do. Let’s ignore the fact that I came home with a glass whale yesterday. Thanks coworker who is throwing a wrench in my simplifying plans!

Here’s my whale. She may be spray painted soon.

Moving on…

Who knew I was a minimalist?! Or at least I want to be. I’m a newbie minimalist.

Lately, Aaron and I have become a little overwhelmed with all of the goals that we set for ourselves. We want to accomplish about a million tasks and feel overwhelmed and unsuccessful when we can’t do them all RIGHT NOW.
We need to omit the unnecessary for sure.

Some of the things that we’re working on or want to be working on:

  • Finishing the kitchen
  • Painting every room in the house except for the dining room (we have small house but still)
  • Aaron finishing school
  • Reupholstering chairs and redoing a bunch of other furniture that I don’t even have yet
  • Sanding and refinishing the steps and the whole second floor
  • Breaking down a porch wall (I don’t even want to talk about this one)
  • Having an urban chicken coop (fresh eggs!)



And then there are the ideas that we’ve already managed to eliminate (small victories!)

  • Opening a bakery
  • Buying an old house and opening a bed and breakfast
  • Moving to Korea to teach English

I know we’ve come up with many more ideas but we’re starting to get better at realizing that we can’t do everything. We’re getting better at picking a goal and sticking with it. (A little better anyway. Pinterest does not help me with this.)

So many ideas, so little time!

We of course, have bigger “life goals” such as having children and being a positive part of our community. It’s taken a while but I’m finally starting to realize that all of those other things above are not necessary and the time frame that I create in my head is just that, created out of thin air!

I don’t NEED to have my chairs reupholstered THIS weekend.

I need to enjoy the weekend and spend a little time just taking it all in. I want to be content with what I have and eliminate the thoughts about what I don’t have.

I want to linger at the dinner table and enjoy the rhythms of daily life.


Living Fairly Simply

Today I made a list of things that are important to me. The last thing on my list was Living fairly simply.

I recently came across a blog called Simple Mom and it’s given me a lot of ideas and inspiration to strive to live more simply.

Aaron and I live a pretty simple life as it is compared to most young couples.

  • We live in a small, super cheap house (about the price of a new Honda, no joke).
  • We don’t have cable or a home phone.
  • We cook most of our own meals and pack lunches.
  • We bike to and from work 3-4 days a week (our bikes below)
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  • We have a garden to try to grow some of our own vegetables (and will hopefully expand on this next year and plan it out better so we don’t have to live solely on kale and zucchini).
  • We are really into DIY and repurposing. We both love thrift stores and yard sales much more than shopping for new things. Have you noticed our love affair with Construction Junction and spray paint?

We already live a simple life but I (likely we) would like to simplify even more. We never want to buy a big, expensive house and have an equally big, expensive mortgage payment. No thank you. I would like to never have a mortgage payment with 4 digits; preferably we’d like to keep it much lower.

We have been acquiring quite a lot of stuff lately – I have about 10 projects going right now but I would like to work on getting rid of things and organization.

I was reading a blog yesterday that made a list of sure fire ways to Clutter your Home. Funny. One of the things they listed was:

Keep every last magazine you get. Make big stacks with them. One day, it’ll be an awesome side table.

Ha! I totally do this. I have every Martha Stewart Living and Food Network Magazine I’ve ever received. I’m going to purge. I’m going to get rid of the paper. We have way too much paper in our house and we don’t need it. I’m going to come up with a better organization system for sorting mail because we have piles of mail everywhere. Eventually we get sick of the piles, gather them, take them upstairs to the “office” and make one big pile! That’s no better.

I’m on a mission to simplify. I want to buy less stuff. I want to buy things that are important and useful. I’m not going to Keep two of everything. I really don’t need three whisks or 6 black tank tops. I don’t want to become obsessed with my stuff. I don’t want to idolize my stuff. I want to spend my (our) time and money doing things that will create memories rather than buying things that will just take up space.

Today seems like a good day to start to really embrace the simple life. Aaron and I have been married for over a year (1 year, 1 month and 1 day). We’re more settled into this new routine so now we can begin to live the life that we want to live for the rest of our lives.