How We Feel About Minimalism
Late last year we were given 60 days notice to vacate our rental property. We had been living in this 3 bedroom rental for 3 years and, to be honest, were already thinking we'd have to move to a house with better insulation before the baby came. Having a time limit set us in motion, we began purging our stuff for a move.
This isn't a new thing for us. We've always liked to keep our belongings down to what could fit into a self-drive truck. Minimalism appeals to us. Maybe not minimalism as defined by owning only 100 items, but minimalism as defined by keeping what is essential, used frequently and provides value and joy to our lives. This is a journey we've been on arguably since half way through our first year of marriage. Assisted by the 3 plus years we have lived out of suitcases. There's nothing like living out of a suitcase (and not using everything in it anyway) to showcase what items are truly a priority.
So, back to the topic of moving. We found an ideal little rental to move into. With the added bonus of less space in our new home and with a baby on the way, this immediately forced our hand to recycle or give away items which up to now we had stored and forgot out of pure laziness.
For us, there's something freeing and exciting about the reduction of physical earthly items and clutter. As I sit here, I wonder why? Could it be a connection with what Jesus spoke all those years ago?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21