I’ve been looking around our house the past few months, wondering how in the world we ever called ourselves minimalists. It’s funny how quickly stuff just piles up. The past two weeks I have been spring cleaning, though! It was a spring cleaning that turned into a spring purge and ended in a fresh coat of paint through the main room, and now everything is MUCH easier to tidy and fresher to look at!
I really wish I could be a minimalist, but I know I have a tendency to save things. When we were on our honeymoon, we watched Hoarders for the first time, and I was so convicted and motivated, it began our little journey of living more simply. Pete was an unintentional minimalist in college: he didn’t call himself one, but I was shocked the first time I saw his dorm room. It looked like he could pack up and leave in the night with just a bag on his back, and I was intrigued.
Eventually, 3 years into our marriage, somebody walked into our apartment and asked if we were just moving in because it looked so empty– we had lived there almost a year. It was thrilling being on the minimal side of that question!
And then life happened; birthdays and holidays felt too close together, we bought a house, and eventually it seemed as if clothes and books and toys were pouring out of every drawer, corner, and empty shelf. It was past time to reevaluate. I viciously purged out 3 van loads full of stuff to the thrift store and an entire van full of trash/recycling. I was even finally able to pitch some things that have made it through all the other purges over the years: some textbooks and sentimental items.
It all felt so refreshing and echo-ey that I decided to give our living room a fresh white coat of paint. It was the perfect way to end a crazy week of spring cleaning, and I’m satisfied with how it looks. Most of all, I’m pleased with how empty all the little spaces feel again.
Although I wish I could just pitch stuff once and be done, there’s a constant, sneaky flow of stuff coming into our home that piles up so quickly! Gifts and hand-me-downs, things we purchase, and things the kids pick up here and there are somehow steadily streaming through our doors. I’m realizing this is another repetitive life processes that never ends. It’s nice to have a springtime to remind us to open our windows and the doors of every nook and cranny hiding all the unnecessary things taking up space in our homes.
The biggest bonus after my massive spring clean this year: I can tidy so quickly! I know some people enjoy tidying constantly, but I don’t. I don’t naturally want to walk around picking up and rearranging little things all day long. However, because I enjoy cleanliness so much, the only solution I see is having less stuff to tidy. With fewer clothes comes less laundry; fewer toys make less pickup time; less furniture means less dusting.
And now it’s Friday, and I’m about to go do a quick house cleanup to prep for the weekend, and I’m so excited to tackle what I know will maybe take an hour instead of three!