It was around that time that I began my mission to simplify our lives. After constantly being consumed and overwhelmed by the amount of STUFF in our home, I reached the end of my rope. I was so discouraged – I just knew that once I was a stay-at-home-mom, I would be able to keep my house tidy. Instead, I found myself shuffling our things from room to room, spending every free moment on some ridiculous project in a never-ending quest to get organized.
I began to read about the minimalist movement, about how people were living with less and gaining freedom from their stuff. I heard about people who owned no more than 100 things. I devoured everything I could find about tiny houses. It all made so much sense to me and I was completely sold!
Over the course of the next year, we purged close to 50% of our belongings – it’s amazing what you accumulate after three moves and two kids – and the rewards have been incredible.
Of course, minimalism isn’t a one-shot deal. It’s a lifelong journey. We have to make intentional choices each and every day, and it’s not only about reducing physical clutter. It’s about finding margin in our daily schedules. It’s about learning to be present in a world that aims to distract us from what truly matters.
While it’s not fun to admit, I struggled with being addicted to my iPhone for way too long. It pains me to think of all the moments I missed because I had my face glued to a worthless screen. After much conviction and prodding from the Lord, I finally sold my iPhone and have been rocking a “dumb phone” since early 2015. Hands down, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
The Bible tells us in James 4:14:
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.“
Life is but a mist, and I’m on a journey to make the most of my mist. I’m so thankful that you’ve stopped by – I hope that you will visit often so that we can make the most of the mist together!