Making a Minimalist

Begin the therapeutic process of adopting a minimalist lifestyle, and  never again let the things you own start to own you.

7tflufga7dk-sarah-dorweilerSo what are the benefits of an unadorned lifestyle?

In my personal experience, less clutter equals less stress, and ridding myself of excess disarray around my house made it feel more like the sanctuary that it should feel like, and less like an anxiety inducing disaster area.

Other positive aspects include:

-Fewer belongings means fewer hours spent tirelessly maintaining and cleaning your home, and more free time to actually relax in and enjoy your home.

-When everything has a place and possessions are not just strewn about, it’s significantly more difficult to lose track of things. Imagine never losing your keys again!

-The freedom to pick up and move is huge! Whether you want to move into a smaller, more cost efficient space, or you want the option to travel to and live far away places, letting go of non essentials is essential.

Where does one even start when assuming such a lifestyle?

-Start small. Ridding my closets of unnecessary holiday decor is where my journey began, and before I knew what hit me I was driving to Goodwill, wondering why I had ever held onto 17 borderline identical flower vases and what seemed like hundreds of unattractive wallet sized picture frames. Get rid of the obvious first, and it will start coming naturally to you what is unneeded.

-Don’t rush the process of weeding things out. You can’t turn your life around in a day-at least not efficiently. The more time you give this process, the more thorough you will be.


Where can I take items that I deem to be non essential?

Selling and buying on Facebook can feel a bit less sketchy than on places like Craigslist, because Facebook allows you to gather a bit more information about someone before meeting with them, so if you’re looking to sell online, that’s a good place to begin.

If you have things that you’re hoping to donate, try contacting your local shelters, fire departments, animal shelters, and churches. Some places that accept regular donations have systems in place for picking items up, rather than you having to drop them off, which can be a huge help. The Salvation Army and Goodwill also accept donations and often have drop boxes for smaller donations.

Where should one shop for items that encourage minimalism? (i.e. storage & organization)

In order to maintain this lifestyle, all of the possessions that you hold on to will need to have a set space in your new life. Here are my top 5  favorite places to buy pieces that are both affordable and of good quality, and direct links to their home storage pages:


Bed Bath & Beyond




Urban Outfitters

I know it may not feel like it just yet, but spring is coming around the corner, so start small with a bit of spring cleaning and before you know it you can be on your way to a minimalist lifestyle and a happier home!




  1. Back in the eighties and nineties (I’m old) when I was going a back and forth to Japan, moving and such, I fell into minimalism before it was a thing…due to the fact that I was having to throw/give away so much crap every time. Over time I really came to hate managing STUFF and thinking about all the memories associated with what amounted to objects vs. the actual event recall. Minimalism is good bottom line.

    As empty nesters, we currently own a large home (my work camp…) and a small home in the north woods. Our plan is to sell the large home and have another small house “downstate” where family resides (and work). I can imagine my small house (not tiny) of 524 square feet is the size of your apt. I’ll share with you a post about how I’ve been engineering the space.

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    • I think that’s fascinating- the story of how you came to adopt a minimal lifestyle, I mean. It’s clearly given you a lot of perspective on the subject of memories vs. objects, and I’m sure many other things. I loved reading about and seeing the photos of your beautiful cottage, thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  2. Here is my small house post: I know in your new place you said that you liked the kitchen closed off. I can see that in some cases but for this particular cottage it works to have the lake side of the house one open room. It is such a great space to have the log table right there in the middle. When visitors pop by they always plop down at the table and start grabbing beers from the fridge behind. Such is life on a northern lake.

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