I have been a proponent of simple living for several years but have only recently begun to make a move towards minimalism. After much reflection, my husband and I came to the decision to move to a smaller more energy efficient home at the end of our lease this year. We made the necessary arrangements for this move and then began to look for a back-up plan just in case our best laid plans fell through. Our research for a back-up plan led us to a far better moving plan: a small but beautiful apartments located in a lovely new planned community that has everything we need within walking or biking distance. My husband may be able to bike to work taking us from a mere one car family to a car-lite family. We learned that a new building in our chosen community will be opening right when we were planning to move and put down the reservation fee for our unit this week.
And now the real work begins: decluttering a simple but still quite ample amount of possessions from a 1500 square foot home with garage, shed, and backyard to a less than 1000 square foot apartment with markedly less space and storage. I'm excited to be putting our plan into reality but am honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed with pondering what to get rid of, what to keep, and figuring out what I might be holding onto due to the influence of cultural expectation as opposed to what we really want and need for a life well lived.
With that long-winded and decidedly non-minimalist (ha!) novella out of the way, what resources, wisdom, or reflections might you wise mamas have to offer to somebody new to the minimalist lifestyle. How do you decide between necessary and frivolous? What do you keep that holds sentimental value? Do you ever feel guilty while pondering your decluttering plans, especially as it relates to gifts and items that are culturally expected to be seen as sentimental?
Thank you for any thoughts you might be willing to share. Any wisdom and encouragement would be much appreciated.