Hello everyone. Happy Wednesday! I got a great question in an email today, and I thought it would be good to share with everyone. The question revolves around our motivation for purging our belongings in order to downsize from a 4 bedroom house to a 2 bedroom apartment. Here is the question:
I am curious if part of your plan was motivated at all by religious belief or faith?
My hubby and I are feeling more and more that we need to give up our material possessions in order to use our blessings to help those in need. We are working through what to do next.
Thank you for asking this questions. It’s is a great question and inspired me to immediately sit down and write today’s post. I think it’s incredibly noble to help those in need, and even more-so when we sacrifice in order to do for others. I offer my love and admiration for anybody that chooses this path.
For us, this wasn’t our driving factor. The reason for our simplification, declutter, purge, and the planned move to a smaller place is to free up money and time so that we can have more experiences in our life. We are living up to our means, and have very little money left over for fun stuff. A house also sucks a lot of time out of us, with maintenance, yard work, and a long commute. We’re finding it difficult to do more of the things that bring us joy.
We’d like to travel more. I have a few places I’d really like to visit. My wife and daughter really want to take a Disney cruise. We’d like to be able to take more advantage of local attractions and entertainment without worrying about mowing the grass or having enough extra money to easily buy tickets. We want to get back to living below our means so that we can squeeze more fun and enjoyment out of life.
I hadn’t really considered the spiritual aspect until now, but you might say our plans have a spiritual component. I feel we were put on the planet to experience all the wonderful things that our planet and a physical world have to offer. The expense and time commitment of our house and all our stuff limits our access to many experiences.
I think we all have different reasons why we’re on a path towards minimalism. I think many do it for greater access to experiences. Many do it to be able to travel. Many do it to reduce stress and feel better. And, I’m sure that many do it to serve God, help others, and contribute to improving life on this planet.
Now I’m calling upon my readers to share. Why did you decide on minimalism? What was your motivation, and has that motivation ever changed? And, if you have any advice for my new friend, please share. Thank you.