Personal Steps to a Slower Paced Life

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Last week was a most enjoyable week for me and I realized that starting to adopt a more minimalist lifestyle is what I had to thank for that.  I’ve posted before about how noisy it seemed my life had become and pulling back from that noise and finding some quiet moments has been very therapeutic and refreshing for me.

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The Highlights

My son and I spent some time in a nearby park feeding the ducks and taking in some fresh air before a storm rolled in.  I also finally got my flowers planted in my flower beds, which was very hard work.  It felt good to be outside instead of inside on the computer.  I also wake up each morning and have my coffee, then take a short walk around my backyard to check on the small garden we planted this year.

I successfully started the cleaning out process of our home.  The kitchen and front living room has been cleaned and rid of excess and things we no longer use.  I can’t tell you how much more enjoyable it is to cook when pots and pans aren’t falling out of the cabinets on you.

We had an enjoyable lunch with some extended family Thursday.  I tried something different on the menu and discovered I loved it.  It was so nice to have conversations face-to-face, instead of through Facebook and text messaging.

More naps and reading!  I checked out Marie Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up:  The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing from our local library.  This book has been a HUGE eye-opener about the things I have been holding onto for various reasons.  I have so much more to say about this book, but I will save it for another post.  I never imagined a book could be so valuable when it comes to decluttering, but this method just makes so much sense!

I’ve even noticed that I’m just breathing better.  Doesn’t that sound crazy?  I just feel a calming over me that I haven’t felt in a long while.  In turn, I’m breathing deeper and easier and feel better.  I’m also not as easily annoyed at little things that used to annoy me.

Thanks to Minimalism

So far on my minimalism journey I’ve found that clearing out all of the things (clutter, noise, distractions, and yes…even people) that don’t bring you joy or anything positive to the table is very freeing.  I’m finally starting to hear my own thoughts better and focusing more attention on what really matters to me.  Things are becoming much more manageable, especially when it comes to household chores, and it seems like this natural little hum to life has suddenly come about.

I’m not naive enough to think that minimalism will suddenly solve all of my problems and I’ll never have another crappy day/life experience ever again.  However, I’m becoming a better manager of my time and focus and relationships and this is what makes it all worthwhile to me.




1 thought on “Personal Steps to a Slower Paced Life

  1. Amanda,
    Thanks for sharing your experience with minimalism. I’ve been slowly working my way through my home after reading Kondo’s book as well. I’ve got so much left to do and feel like it is a never ending process. I’ve been devoting 30 minutes a day to my home and although the process is slow, I know that eventually it will be worth it.

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