I’m so happy to host a guest blogger, Tabbie, from BohoMinimism.com! She is sharing her journey to minimalism beautifully on her blog and I asked her to share her “why” and “how” with us.
There is power in “why.” Our motivation always needs to be deeply rooted in something strong. For me, a move to minimalism is sparked by the desire for “less stuff, more Jesus.” Less stuff to work for + manage = More time + Mind energy at Jesus’ feet undistracted.
I’m working on my “how!” I think doing the spring cleaning bible study again will truly help me keep my “why” in place through His Word in the study, (see below) while I use the cleaning schedule that also weaves through the book to declutter and organize.
Don’t forget, our journey together starts Monday!
Whether you just want to do a bible study online, spring clean, or minimize; we want you to join us!
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Here’s Tabbie’s story of a movement towards minimalism.
Hello new friends! First, I’d like to thank Amy, who is so graciously allowing me to share my personal perspective of the minimalist lifestyle.
I’ve never had it all together, although I’m sometimes too good at pretending to. With the realization that my 30th birthday was quickly approaching, I started to take a hard look at myself and who I really am. You know what I realized? I had NO clue. I started to dig around, hoping to find something…anything to help me figure out how to get to know myself. With that, I stumbled upon “minimalism”.
The official definition of minimalism is “a style or technique that is characterized by extreme sparseness and simplicity.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) For me, I already thought of myself as somewhat of a minimalist. I am not very sentimental. I do find joy in items, but usually have no problem purging or selling if I need the money or to make space for new, trendy stuff. However, I pictured true minimalists as people who sell just about everything they own, build a tiny house, and live off the land. I also assumed that true minimalists were already millionaires and could afford this drastic lifestyle change.
As a mama of 4, I knew that my initial idea of true minimalism wasn’t going to be achievable. While I’m sure it can and is being done, I knew it wouldn’t work for me and my family.
It wasn’t until I came across the documentary Minimalism – A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix that my idea of minimalism started to change. I made notes of some of the people featured in the film and started to further my research thinking “maybe I can make this work for me.”
I listened to audio-books like Minimalism for Living, Family & Budgeting
by K. L. Hammond and Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More
by Courtney Carver. I learned that there were many levels of minimalism and that I didn’t have to sell everything I own and live in a tiny house to live minimally. (Although that is a very respected level of minimalism!) Both books inspired me to create my own version of minimalism that works for my unique life.
And with that, my new, personal definition of minimalism was born. It is “Making room for joy, love and experiences by getting rid of everything that doesn’t help us achieve these.”
There is so much more to minimalism than just getting rid of clutter, but a laid-out purging plan is a great way to start the process.
Decluttering is also a great time to pray, meditate and practice gratefulness.
As I work through this journey, I’m discovering new things about myself every day. I’m starting to truly enjoy my family and my life again. I can give back to my community and am gaining a new appreciation for everything I have been blessed with. And you know the BEST part? This way of simple living can totally be tailor-made to YOU. That is what I love about minimalism! I’m learning how to make the minimalist life work for me and you can too!
Here at Refocused Bible Study, starting April 9, I will be blogging through this journey to a clean heart and home!
I wrote a 4 week bible study available on amazon, titled, “Spring Cleaning for your heart and home: Praying your way to a clean house.” Get it here:>>>>>>>>
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The study is based on the this amazing passage:
“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” ~Jesus Matthew 11:29-30 MSG
We will be walking with Jesus through our homes, cleansing our spirits and our houses. We will be praying powerful faith-filled prayers for our families as we clean their spaces. We are going to feel so free and light and our houses will look so wonderful we are done!
I’ll be posting prayer podcasts every week to listen to as we work.
I can’t wait to walk through our houses with Freedom Himself together on this journey!