*Featured photo from the the minimalists.
LOVE PEOPLE, USE THINGS
I have been spending that last several weekends decluttering my house. Every single storage closet, toy box, and today…I tackle dressers and clothing closets. A blog post to come on this home project of mine. During this process, I shared my crazy weekends with a few friends. We inspired each other through texts of encouragement, even with some very funny messages:
“Hello: I am ___ and I am a pen-aholic. I have been clean for 12 hours. Everyone else say Hi ____!” I am leaving her name off for anonymity.
My favorite girlfriend in the world simply texted:
“If there were cameras at your house, I would be watching you on HGTV right now. On the flip side, had you not decluttered, I’d be be watching you on an episode of Buried Alive.” Ok Ok…my house is not that bad! Geesh.
One of my friends suggested Minimalism A Documentary about the Important Things currently available on Netflix. So there I was on the floor this morning, with every piece of clothing from my dresser in a massive embarrassing pile, with my dog, my coffee and watching this documentary on my iPhone.
WOW! Just WOW!
While I know the realist in me could never be a true minimalist, it has made me think about all of these things I have and own as I folded my 956,567,725 tank top. Pictures and declutter experience to come in a future post.
I SHOULD NOT buy a piece of clothing this year.
I have no use for more “things” around the house.
How can I instill this concept even more with my daughter?
While I don’t feel like the guys in the film dig deep into how to truly BE a minimalist, they do feature certain people and sites like Project 333 who help people be successful in their journey. But the film’s ideas and way of thinking are enough to get one motivated and inspired. I wanted to take a quick coffee break to write this blog. I fully recommend this documentary. I hope it inspires you as much as it has inspired me and others.
Some of my favorite lines:
“Love people and use things, because the opposite doesn’t work.” – The Minimalists
People are “living paycheck to paycheck, living for stuff, but not really living” – Ryan Nicodemus
“You don’t really have control of how much money you make, but you have full control over how much money you spend.”
“There’s more to life than bills and money and work.”
“By having less, you automatically stretch what you do have.”
“We’re living our life depending on the space we’ve got rather than creating our space to fit our lives.”
This documentary is currently available on Netflix.
How might your life be better with less? Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life — families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker — all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
“It’s clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper – deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession…In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose” – Jimmy Carter