Hi all! I hope spending some time with this group will keep my mojo going! DH and I have been attempting to chip our way towards a more minimalist lifestyle for years, starting with regular donations of unused items. We recently downsized from a three level townhome to a 2 bedroom 1 bath apartment in order to live close to DH's work (he had been commuting an hour and a half each way for 5 years, but when DD was born 3 months ago, and after spending 6 weeks on parental leave with us, he realized he wanted to see a LOT more of her. And so we used this opportunity also to get rid of stuff that just won't fit into our new space. We are slowly starting to see from under the boxes, but it is still a work in progress.
My biggest challenge on this road is that I am very sentimental. I remember items that remind me of a special experience or the person who gave it to me, and I find it extremely hard to let go. I'm trying to remind myself that the item is not the person, and that if I have just one special item from each person, I don't need a box of stuff!
Right now, our goal is to minimize our need for storage. I refused to take out a storage unit (some suggested this) when moving. I said if it didn't fit in our new place, then it was going to go. We have a small storage area on our balcony, and I want to make sure it only has items we do use but not regularly, like holiday decorations (which have been the subject of their own downsizing - we got rid of both our Christmas trees this year) or tools.
My biggest motivation is that with less stuff, I can enjoy a lot more the stuff I have more access to. I've gone on several spiritual retreats, some for the weekend, some for the week, and I'm always amazed at how simple and enjoyable life is during those days, when I have very few items available to me that are mine.
DH has gotten on board via Franciscan spirituality. We belonged to an amazing Catholic church run by Franciscan friars at our old home, and this has motivated DH to join me in purging more, though he's not the horder, I am! lol
Anyway, looking forward to reading through how you all have gotten to where you are in your minimalist lifestyle.