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Hello everyone! This is the 31 Days of Minimalism Challenge Day 1!
We are so excited to get this month started. There are so many things we are going to be covering these next 30 days and are happy that you are joining us.
First off, for those of you who don’t know us already, our names are Riley & Cece. We are twenty-something year-olds on a mission to minimize and simplify our lives.
We have been embracing a minimalist lifestyle for nearly 1.5 years and have gained such an appreciation for small spaces and downsizing.
Living full-time in a shuttle bus converted tiny-home, we understand the frustration of things and clutter.
This is our home:
And here is the tiny interior:
(If you want to learn more about our shuttle bus conversion, click here.)
Living in such a small space has truly allowed us to separate our needs from our wants.
We want to help YOU embrace a more minimalist lifestyle, as it leads to:
- More freedom
- More time
- More money &
- LESS STRESS
That is what this month is all about! Each day, we will be posting something to help you embrace minimalism. The tentative rundown for the month is posted here.
For today, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the simple question: what is minimalism?
As simple as it may seem (pun-intended), the concept of minimalism can be so many different things.
Here is what minimalism is for us, how it applies to you, and why it is a lifestyle.
What is Minimalism?
For us, minimalism is the act of owning only the things that are useful and valuable to our lives and not much else. The extra space around us that would otherwise be filled with odds & ends allows for less distraction, less mess, and less stress.
For other people, minimalism is different. There are minimalists that define it as owning nothing, or very little. There are some minimalists who own a lot, but own their things intentionally.
Minimalism extends further than physical possessions, too. At the core of all minimalism is the desire to create the mental space necessary to grow as a person and achieve personal goals.
Commonly, people hit a roadblock while working on their goals: they run into their possessions.
We’re talking about a deep love connection with one’s stuff.
These people want more, purchase more, save less, and have no time for the important parts of life.
Living in Portland, we use a lot of public transportation. And guess what we see ALL the time?
Families all on their phones. Toddlers screaming for attention while their mommy or daddy plays their new app. Kids wanting and wanting and wanting new THINGS and parents eventually complying.
Is this what life is all about? Should we be placing a higher value on our possessions than our families and kids?
Minimalism challenges this contemporary societal norm. We say: STOP ACCUMULATING!
It’s time to focus on what really matters. We believe people and relationships are worth more than stuff. More so, mental clarity is certainly something to invest in, rather than those new shoes.
The Minimalist Lifestyle
As a lifestyle, minimalism is a constant process. It is a battle, a celebration, and everything in between.
We are always working toward a rather non-achievable goal, which is to own every single thing intentionally.
We say this is non-achievable because there are always new things coming into our lives that we cannot control: random receipts, hand-me-downs, etc. etc.
It is impossible to control the flow of random unexpected things into your life, but it IS possible to control the flow of things OUT of your life.
This is what makes minimalism such a huge challenge and on-going process. We are always evaluating and reevaluating what we have, what we need, and what we can get rid of.
As minimalists, our daily routine is different than most people.
No longer do we “shop” around for new things. No longer do we throw away the ripped pair of jeans that are repairable. No longer do we buy lots of crappy gear rather than several really high-quality items.
Our minimalist lifestyle is focused on simplicity, downsizing, and mental clarity to reduce our footprint and improve our lives.
31 Days of Minimalism
If are are interested in embracing a more minimalist lifestyle, join us this month and we will help you get there! We will show you our way of becoming more simple-minded and less distracted through intense and intentional downsizing.
Becoming minimalist is very difficult to achieve on your own, and that is why we are here to help. Each day this month, we will be posting new content related to minimalism to help you find some “space” and get on with your life.
Tomorrow, we will be focusing on all the reasons you should embrace minimalism. Stay tuned!
If you have any comments, questions, suggestions, or feedback, we always love hearing from you.
As always, BE WELL!
Riley & Cece