Friday, May 24, 2013

Discouragement in the Journey Toward Minimalism

I'm getting very discouraged in my journey toward minimalism.  I purge a room and get it all cleaned up and no more than 2 weeks later, it looks horrible again.  I decide I am not buying anything else and then I make an impulse buy on something totally unnecessary.  I prepare for a big yard sale and it storms, so I only sell 1/12 of what I hoped.  It seems hopeless.

But then I look at my living room and realize how much quicker we can straighten up, now.  I look in my basement and see the empty space left by my yard sale failure-turned Goodwill donation.  I find myself looking at things at the store and telling myself, "I don't need that."  I realize, it's working.

It's just taking longer than I wished it would.


  1. Hang in there! We are at the same spot as you - taking a lot longer for us to get this place cleared up and clutter free, but very slowly (and I mean very very slowly) we are seeing progress. It's so hard with kids (and husbands that don't return things where they belong, ahem Brandon!) but I just keep trying to remind myself that we'll get there little by little. Way to go, Nicole! Thanks for this post - I seriously am feeling this exact same sentiment today!

    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one. It can be very frustrating, but a little progress is better than nothing.
      I forget that your husband is named Brandon (as mine is) and this comment surprised me, until I realized you weren't talking about my Brandon, haha.