On the surface, the thought of being a minimalist seems quite simple. All you need to do is be frugal with your spending, live within your means, throw away (or donate) everything you don’t need and move into a tiny house.
What I just described is a stereotype that many have placed upon minimalism for some time. I confess that I’ve been guilty of this mindset myself, and it got to a point where I judged folks who claimed to be minimalists.
As I began to investigate the idea of minimalism, I quickly became intrigued, because there was a part of me that resonated with the lifestyle I was looking into.
The idea that less could be more and living without could bring a life of joy was appealing to me. I came to the conclusion that while being a minimalist is partly what I described above, it’s also more than that. In fact, it’s a lot more than that.
“The first step in crafting a life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.”
— Joshua Becker
We all have different circumstances, so for each of us, the idea of minimalism can vary. For some of us, that might mean purging a bunch of stuff from our lives, and for others, it might be just a slow progression of doing smaller things.
I truly believe the white space in our life is where the magic happens.
White space allows us to highlight the breathing space in our surroundings—with our schedules, with our families, and also within our homes.
I encourage you to find one—just one—area in your life where you can make a change. Take one small step towards the life you dream of having, and experience the joy I know you desperately long for.
Uncluttered: Discover the Life You Want
At the very core, our ethos of “Design a Simple Life” is built upon the same principals as that of Joshua Becker and Becoming Minimalist. His mission is to inspire others to pursue their greatest passions by owning fewer possessions.
Joshua cares so deeply about this, he created a course called Uncluttered.
Uncluttered is a 12-week online course with videos, interviews, webinars, articles, weekly challenges, accountability, and community. Strategically packaged for one purpose: To help you unclutter your home, own less stuff, and find space to live the life you want.
Joshua is personally involved in every aspect of the course. He created the videos and the content. He hosts the webinars. He answers questions in the Facebook group, and participates in video chats. His goal is to help and cheer you along.
Uncluttered closes at 12:00 midnight EST tomorrow, January 7th—so if you are interested, there is no better day than today to start your journey.
At No Sidebar, we believe a minimalist mindset is a daily choice, and one done best in a community of other like-minded folks. To hear stories and to be inspired by others is such a wonderful experience, and we encourage you to be a part of something amazing. I’ve signed up for the course, and hope to see you there!
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