In my last post on minimalism I discussed how we came to understand we had too much stuff, things we didn’t need we thought we did, and furniture that wasn’t working for us (or wasn’t our style). Trevor and I want to live with less and embrace a minimalist lifestyle, not just the design philosophies.
Research is important when making any choice in your life; it can save you valuable time and money. With a little digging you can find out all the information needed to make a good, educated, decision.
Embracing minimalism is no different, as well as any other philosophy you may be interested in. Learn the basics, learn the principles and learn how others have added an idea into their lives. Make sure the overall philosophies are in-line with you, or who you want to be.
For those of you embarking in this journey with us, or just following along, I’ve provided all the material that T and I have used to help give us ideas and inspiration in terms of downsizing, as well as what life looks like after the purge.
Please keep in mind that our home and our outlook are still a work in progress. There may be plenty of other resources out there that we haven’t mentioned.
Please, if you have any suggestions on where to find great information on minimalist lifestyle, housing and philosophies, share in the comment section below.
I turned to YouTube, hoping to find motivation in the form of a lecture. I stumbled upon this TedX Talk, a lecture by The Minimalists. It was their story. How they started, where they came from, their triggers, why they continue to live minimally. It was eye opening.
TedX had another lecture on the 10 item wardrobe with Jennifer L. Scott. I thought she was amazing; so inspiring. After watching her video, T and I raided our closet and dresser. Scott is the author of “Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris” and “At Home with Madame Chic: Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life,” which I haven’t read yet. She has her own YouTube channel that is equally as inspiring as her lecture was, so I believe her books would be. Her channel is “the Daily Connoisseur.”
This apartment tour video was a recommended video under one of Scott’s videos. I watched it and immediately found my new favorite YouTuber. I find Coco engaging and inspiring. Hopefully you will, too. Her channel is “Light by Coco,” and she has plenty of videos on living light 24/7. Travel, housing, clothes, beauty, home goods… She talks about it all. I can’t wait to see where she goes next! Coco also has a blog, found here.
With many of us constantly connected via smart phones, tablets, laptops and computers, websites are a great tool for learning more on minimalism. Not to mention, doing virtual research doesn’t further clutter your place!
The Minimalists: these two are very inspiring and so are their stories on how they came to become minimalists. They’re genuine people interested in having genuine lives that offer a wonderful and refreshing outlook on the way people operate and community. Trevor loved watching their TedX talk.
Becoming Minimalist: a beautiful site by Joshua Becker offering inspiration and explanations.
Books, I’ve always loved. The idea of a book, the process of designing and making one, how books look grouped together…I could go on and on. Of note, I have a feeling books will always be a hurdle for me when it comes to downsizing, but that’s a post for another time.
“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo was the first book I picked up. I’d found it on Jennifer L. Scott’s YouTube Channel; she’d read an excerpt of it and highly recommended it. I found the book online and saved it to a wish-list. T and I hit Target to pick up a few things the first weekend in March; this book was on sale, beautiful and begging to be purchased. I started reading this book alone and immediately fell in love with the tone of voice and humor that had been captured on the page. Not to mention the advice and guidance revolving around tidying a home was resounding. After bringing Trevor up to speed, I read a chapter aloud to him. He enjoyed it, too. We now alternate reading chapters to each other and discuss points made in the book as ideas and opinions enter our heads. It’s truly a wonderful read, and I highly suggest you get a copy in your hands, or on your device.
Simple Living Over 50 left a comment on my first Embracing Minimalism post, saying “The Simple Living Guide” by Janette Luhrs would be a great book to get my hands on. So, I looked into it. After reading the introduction and first few pages of the first chapter, this book seems like it would be a great read for those aspiring a minimalist lifestyle. Although the book is from 1997, it seems to me that the issues discussed within its pages are relevant (arguably more relevant) to those that would pick it up today…eighteen years later.
Browsing online for other books that discuss simple living I’ve found these books that are worth checking out. I’ll be purchasing them digitally in the future for reading:
- “Voluntary Simplicity, Second Edition” by Duane Elgin
- “Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff” by Dinah Sanders.
- “Secrets of Simplicity” by Mary Carlomagno
- “The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life” by Francine Jay
What I want all of you to take away from this post is that minimalism, downsizing, a life with less clutter and things is possible. It’s possible for anyone. If you need inspiration, suggestions, advice, or testimony there is plenty of it available to you. All you need to do is look, or type in your search bar.