Loving Less and Loving It

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On some real:

I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction: actively accumulating less. That’s the basic concept of minimalism.

So with the definition of actively accumulating less, minimalism can be applied in all areas of life. But for me, it started in the home because I felt smothered by all the “stuff” we had acquired. Impulsive purchases, useless trinkets, sentimental guilt trash (the stuff we would throw away if we didn’t feel sentimental guilt about doing so.)

Anyway.

I raided the house looking for any excuse to remove something from my home. It was an extensive process and took some time. But every discarded/donated item was like a weight lifting off me. Big items. Small items. Being able to rationalize why I didn’t need an item instead of rationalizing why I did, gave me freedom I never experienced before.

All I could think of was Matthew 19:21

Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.

Initially, I thought Jesus used this to test the hearts of those wanting eternal life. Like, “prove your dedication to the Lord by selling your earthly possessions and He will reward you in Heaven.”

But Jesus doesn’t think like that. He came so we don’t have to prove anything to earn God’s love. It wouldn’t make sense for Christ to respond with a concept that contradicts the purpose of His crucification.

Then in the heat of my minimalistic rampage, it dawned on me that the chains of commercialism and the pressure of society were being removed one link at a time.

Materialism is slavery to this world.

Like literally.

I’m not even tryna be philosophical here. When we evaluate the system of giving away our paycheck (which is just the dollar amount we accept in exchange for a fraction of our life) to buy one of two things:

  1. Needs: Things we must purchase to continue living.
  2. Wants: Things that only gratify until they lose their novelty/newness.

We see that the system is self-perpetuating and nothing more; I say that from an academic background in economics and marketing. There is no truth or contentment in materialism; I say that from experience.

Dang.

I was just gonna share the perks of minimalism for overworked mothers. Instead, ended up on a spiritual tangent. Smh.

Let me get back on track by listing the immediate benefits I experienced within the first week- some on the first day- of being an official minimalist:

  1. Less Clutter/More Calm
  2. Less Cleaning/More Compliments
  3. Less Distraction/More Time

There are both material and spiritual advantages to living a minimalist lifestyle. All I can say is that I’m loving the things of this world less and less- and the process is amazeballs.

*Rae

22 thoughts on “Loving Less and Loving It

  1. Ed says:

    I’m always cleaning out my closet. I mean, why do I have five pair of shoes when I only have two feet? And why do I have two jackets when I only have one body?

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  2. Rae, what you’ve shared is “spiritually-sound practical wisdom” that applies to us on many different levels. Within this one post, I see about 4 topics you could expound–all lessons tied to keeping things simple (minimalism). This is awesome!
    Thank you😃

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  3. Advanced Research Technology says:

    Like amazeballs has to be one of my favourite words right now. I’ve always been anti-clutter, so I’m tracking with you there as well.

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  4. We rented a dumpster a few times to get rid of excess. Now we have a truck so can make trips when we need to. A lit of clutter us gone and it feels great.
    Looking forward to more posts like this. It’s a greart topic
    Thanks,Rae

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  5. Just got married. It’s amazing to see how much stuff we each accumulated when it’s all under one roof. We know we need to minimalize and are slowly making progress. It’s also amazing how it’s so hard to let go of things, even though ultimately we know we won’t really miss the vast majority of it. I’m going to share this post with my wife to encourage both of us to keep pressing forward. I’ve noticed it does get easier when you approach everything looking for reasons to let it go rather than reasons to hang on. I also came across this quote I’ve found encouraging:
    “Have nothing in your home you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

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  6. Hi Rae,
    Great perspective. Stuff can be a chain. Lord, show us how to manage His stuff for His glory. It is a great feeling, right?
    Thank you,
    Gary
    On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 10:57 AM Real as the Streets wrote:
    > *Rae posted: “On some real: I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 > from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those > strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor > decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction” >

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  7. Living simply is a good idea. However, minimalism can become an idol in itself and be motivated by selfish desires. I have watched a documentary on minimalism and many of the people who were interviewed stated that they wanted to live a minimalist life because they wanted to have more money and time to spend on doing the things they wanted like traveling the world. And some of the so-called “minimalists” spent more money on their minimalist decor than it would cost me to furnish my whole house. As with all things, we should examine our conscience to see what it is that is driving our decisions.

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  8. Breni says:

    I’ve been practicing minimalism for over 4 years now. recently , after meeting a man I have a thing for, I started purchasing unnecessary items. Jewelry , Heels, Make up, Expenisve cocktail dresses. Idk what gotten into me, but I don’t even wear these items , I just felt I needed to buy them after meeting this Hottie, any tips?

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  9. A wise friend once told me, “Everything you own, owns a piece of you.” So true. I too am practicing minimalism and tossing those things that don’t enrich my life with meaning in some way. Thanks for sharing this great post!

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