I stood in Marshall's battling with myself over what minimalism is and what a minimalist lifestyle looks like. Does it allow for a basket? Is it a necessity? Is this an extra that they all talk about? Am I allowing clutter back into my life? You see, Luke and I (let's be honest - its mostly me but my husband is incredible) began this minimalist journey about a month ago. We went through clothes, kitchen items, and furniture. We got rid of bags full of items and furniture. Disclaimer: I did not consider myself a pack rat, but oh my you accumulate a lot after a year and half of marriage. We found the process to be invigorating. We loved the feeling we got from having an empty space on our counter top. Now don't get me wrong we have a long way to go, but we are sold on the idea that clean space = clear mind. We don't feel suffocated by our belongings. As @joshua_becker so wisely puts it, "Owning less is better than organizing more". There is power in owning less and bringing only purposeful items into your home.

As you can tell, I got the basket. And the silly thing brings the greatest joy to me. My OCD self happily sees the recyclables hidden by a pretty basket. Find items that bring you joy. Minimalism isn't living in an empty home, but rather living in a home that brings you peace and joy. 

"Minimalism is about creating space to live simply and meaningfully; it’s about living intentionally." -Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Our desire isn't to live in a home with one pot, two chairs, and one picture hanging on the wall. If that is your desire and will bring you peace - GO FOR IT!!!! I love it! We all want to live in a home that brings us peace; and disengages us from the chaotic world we live in. So, if you're one of the lucky few enjoying this lovely?? snow; take an hour and go through a junk drawer. Start small and gain momentum - it's going to be messy and hard. BUT I can guarantee you will thank yourself in the end. 

Thanks for tagging along friends! Stay warm and safe!