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Old 02-24-2013, 04:59 PM   #1
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I came across this blog post awhile back and it has been coming to my mind over and over again recently. I know the post is a few years old, but I am just fascinated by families that downsize so drastically.

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We live very minimalist compared to the average family, but I do have more than just a few changes of clothing for each person. I know minimalism looks different for each family of course. I know for me having less than a days worth of dishes, or a weeks worth of laundry for our family of 7 would mean drastically more work for me, which sort of defeats the purpose of minimalism. I do sort of like the idea of cutting down toys to just a few open ended classics though. That idea is very tempting after having my almost 5yo dump out every last box in the playroom today, just for fun.

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Old 02-24-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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I have read that before and it inspired me again re-reading it. Thanks for sharing.
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I think that is the ideal minimalism. It's what we're working toward. I want to sell our dresser so that we can't have so many clothes. (IT's listed on CL) I've purged about 20 bags or boxes since January & this is not my first huge purge. We also started out with very little. I'm really young & my husband had a small apartment with few possessions when we got together. And being uber poor helps too.

I've killed the ridiculous number of childhood things hanging out in a storage shed at my grandma's. I wish we could do 1 towel each. We currently have 2 each. 1 set of sheets, but 3 blankets & 3 baby blankets & 4 throw blankets (functioning as curtains - ghetto I know). Which is killing me because it feels like clutter. I have 13 summer outfits, & for winter 4 jackets, 4 pairs of jeans. I have 6 pairs of shoes, DS has 2. It really is liberating. It hurts at first, but once it's out you can breath, just like the blogger says. I take deep breath and smile with absolutle joy everytime the person taking my donation says thank you!
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It sounds freeing... but I just don't think I could do that for clothing!
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Thanks for sharing! We've try to do this a few times a year and right now we're overdue. Since we're getting ready to move now is a good time to do it!
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I don't think that minimalism is owning as little as possible to get by, so that type of minimalism would NOT be freeing to me.
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I came across this blog post awhile back and it has been coming to my mind over and over again recently. I know the post is a few years old, but I am just fascinated by families that downsize so drastically.

http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clea...e-for-you.html


We live very minimalist compared to the average family, but I do have more than just a few changes of clothing for each person. I know minimalism looks different for each family of course. I know for me having less than a days worth of dishes, or a weeks worth of laundry for our family of 7 would mean drastically more work for me, which sort of defeats the purpose of minimalism. I do sort of like the idea of cutting down toys to just a few open ended classics though. That idea is very tempting after having my almost 5yo dump out every last box in the playroom today, just for fun.
Inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I didn't get a drastic vibe, though. It sounds like the same decluttering/purging that's going on on this forum to me. What's your take on it?
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Re: What do you think of this sort of minimalism?

This is what I am working towards, it doesn't sound very drastic in my head. The hardest part is the extended family gifting things constantly. I have gotten rid of tones only to have it replaced by well meaning relatives.
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Re: What do you think of this sort of minimalism?

I couldn't go down quite that far, I do still want to pass some on to the baby and I don't like sending dd1 to school in stained clothing (backyard playing at home yes, in public no).

It didn't seem too excessive to me though. I like having 6 pants available and 10 shirts for kids.
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Re: What do you think of this sort of minimalism?

I think minimalism in and of itself is great. I think there are great lessons in embracing minimalism and teaching our children that possessions aren't overly important.

But I don't think extreme forms of minimalism converts directly to happiness and an easy, uncluttered life. Sure, little Jenny only has 4 outfits and that's great when she has to make a decision every morning, but when little Jenny goes to school and people start whispering behind her back, "Why does she wear the same thing every other day?" and "Her house is boring because she doesn't have any toys," then what? Not everyone home schools and this isn't to be confused with keeping up with the Jones'. But if 99% of the population doesn't embrace that kind of extreme minimalism, I don't think it's fair to drag your kids into it unless you are 100% confident they can defend it themselves.

For our family, I prefer to have at least enough outfits to last a week, if not a little more, because I would die a little inside if someone asked my kid why they wear the same thing over and over and they had to answer.....because it's all I have.

And buying stuff as it's needed isn't always feasible if you are trying to do the thrifty minimalism thing or if both parents work.

Don't get me wrong....I'd LOVE to only have to account for a handful of toys and send my kids outside all year round. I'd LOVE to just stroll into Kohl's whenever something is outgrown and pay retail for whatever we need. I'd LOVE to have empty dressers and closets and less stuff to manage. Believe me, it's what I aspire to do every single day right now. But everyone has their own line where comfort and minimalism and thrift and green and everything else has to mesh or the effort was all pointless. Maybe.
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