What exactly is Minimalism? If you ask ten different minimalists, I think you’ll get ten different answers. In general, it’s about living with less. I thought my husband and I did well when we downsized several years ago. We went from a 3,000 square foot home to a 1,000 square foot home. Not only did we downsize our space and possessions, but we also downsized the daily psychological stress and emotional stress in our lives. We got rid of a demanding job, a huge mortgage, the enormous bills associated with a large home, and the immense stress!
But recently I’ve decided that the time has come to take it a step further. I want to become more of a minimalist. Why, you ask? Well, there are a few reasons that immediately come to mind.
My Top 3 Reasons For Wanting to Minimize
- To find my missing dryer ball. I used to have two dryer balls. You know what I’m referring to, right? When drying clothes, you put these balls in the dryer. They’re supposed to prevent the laundry from clumping together and in the process, they’re supposed to reduce drying time. What a great eco-conscious product. Well, a couple of months back, I lost one of these balls in my own home after doing laundry. I’ve literally searched high and low… under beds, behind furniture, everywhere I can think of, and I still can’t find my missing ball. Now, most people would probably just go out and buy a new set of balls. But not me… oh no! This neurotic professional organizer prides herself on teaching you how to have things At Your Fingertips so I won’t be able to rest until I find it. My solution? Become more of a minimalist. Go through the house, handle everything once, make decisions about what to keep and what to purge. In the process, I pray that I find the missing ball!
- To prepare for a possible future as an RV’er: My husband and I have seven children and seven grandsons spread throughout the United States. We’ve dreamed about purchasing an RV and having the freedom to visit them while seeing the rest of this gorgeous country. Will we actually sell our home and downsize to a 300 square foot home on wheels full-time? I’m not sure. I’d guess there is a 50/50 chance. Maybe we’ll keep our home and simply purchase a home on wheels for part-time RV-ing. But why not start the minimizing process now and see where it leads us? I was never a Girl Scout but I do love being prepared!
- To Deal with my Sentimental Items Head-On: I’m a master declutterer most of the time. My weakness? Dealing with sentimental items that relate to loved ones whether living or deceased. Like my clients, I fear that if I throw them away, I may regret it someday. Well, the time has FINALLY come to face my fear.
“What I know for sure is that when you declutter—whether it’s in your home, your head, or your heart—it is astounding what will flow into that space that will enrich you, your life, and your family.”Peter Walsh
Join Me on my Journey to Minimize
Do you want to minimize or downsize your excess as well? Then join me on this journey. I plan to document my voyage on videos, blogs, social media posts, etc. I’m going to let you into my personal world which is a very big deal for me because I’m typically a very private person. You’ll see some of the crazy stuff this professional organizer still has. I’m like the shoemaker who has holes in his shoes. I’m so busy helping others declutter and downsize their stuff that I haven’t completely gone through mine yet. Well, this is when that changes!
What Do you Need to Do to Join Me? That’s easy… only 2 things!
- Follow me on any of my favorite social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, and/or LinkedIn) to watch my crazy videos and read my tips and lessons learned. My goal is to teach my audience valuable lessons that will save them time, money, and stress. And if you’re not on social media, sign up for my email list so you don’t miss anything!
- Come prepared with a sense of humor. One of the things I learned from my parents and brother is that humor makes difficult things so much easier to face. As I go through my stuff, I can’t promise I won’t shed a tear. But, I do guarantee to poke fun at myself and the crazy things I’ve kept. I also want you to do the same. Life is too short not to have fun!
I hope you take this journey with me for a couple of reasons:
- I want you to experience the unbelievable loss of weight off your shoulders, off your mind, and out of your space as you purge things you no longer want and need. I want you to experience how that empty space will create physical and mental space for you to focus on a project or a hobby that you’ve put off for too long. Not sure what goals to set for yourself? This blog should help you.
- Last but not least, I want you to be with me when I find my damn dryer ball because I assure you… I WILL find it! It’s going to be a hell of a party when I do, and I want to celebrate with YOU!
LET ME HELP YOU!
Want to jump in now and get started? What item do you KNOW you have but can’t find in your space and it’s driving you CRAZY! Comment below… I’d love to help!
Brenda Tringali, CPO® (Certified Professional Organizer)
Organizing | Productivity | Speaker
At Your Fingertips Organizing
Serving Greater Myrtle Beach, SC or “virtually” anywhere via video
Brenda Tringali is the owner of At Your Fingertips Organizing. She provides Speaking, Organizing & Productivity services to Workplace/Residential clients both in person in the greater Myrtle Beach, SC area & “virtually” anywhere else via video, phone, etc. Brenda is an active member of NAPO (National Association of Productivity and Organizing professionals) and the former Chair of NAPOCares, NAPO’s Social Responsibility Committee.