Day One

I have no clue what I'm doing.

It's true.  I want to become a minimalist, but I'm a first time mom to a darling 10 month old boy and am clueless as to how I'm going to start.

A little backstory about me, I'm 28, a wife to a contractor, and college student in hiatus, classical and gospel pianist, and a new mom. I have never seemed to be able to get my stuff together, literally, because my husband and I have been moving from one major life changing event immediately to the next.

We married in 2011, lived with my family for a year, and then in a camper trailer for two and a half. Finally we bought our own home two years ago all while I was going to college full time and working part time.

This many transitions has caused us to have an incredible amount of stuff in every nook and cranny, as well as in storage. As we are the youngest couple in our families, everyone has felt the need to give us lots of stuff and we have always said yes, whether we needed or wanted it or not, out of courtesy and thinking that we would sort it out later.

Fast forward to now and I am overwhelmed with just how many things I need to care for, not even including my own hopes and dreams for how my home should be.

I have read numerous blogposts, especially from Dana of A Slob Comes Clean who has given me hope that I can have a clean and mildly organized home. Then I stumbled across minimalism and fell in love with the idea of having a bright, clean, easily organized space that is filled with peace and joy, and is devoid of out of place clutter and anxiety. Oh yeah, I struggle with anxiety too, and am claustrophobic. Those things don't go well with a cluttered home.

I'm hoping to share my journey as I pursue a bright, clean, and organized minimalistic home and lifestyle.

Today my husband and I took a huge step by getting a dump trailer and clearing off our porch and shed of all the junk we've been holding onto.  This junk is primarily things we have held onto for years with the idea that we would eventually use it.  These things were a half assembled door knob, or an old cat tree, or even some bits of old carpet to make a new cat tree. We realized today that even if we have to buy something new someday, having a peaceful clean place is far more valuable than those couple of dollars we may have thrown away.

Now the task is getting the dump trailer to the dump.