For my family, minimalism doesn’t mean always clean and pristine, it means easily tidied.
Minimalism was a means to an end for me. The chaos that three children and a husband provided meant we had stuff everywhere…and constantly. Keeping a space tidied wasn’t an option for me. Or rather, it didn’t seem like something I was capable of.
Let’s start by breaking down the average person into possessions into statistics…
This is not surprising as the LA Times reported that the average person owns 300,000 items. Let that sink in for a minute. 300,000 items. This statistic was found in their article from 2014. Since our attempt to keep up with the Joneses has only escalated since then, imagine what the statistic is now.
Now, I won’t even put out there to what I believe to be the statistic now, as the horrifying number of 300,000 speaks volumes for itself.
British research found that on average a 10-year-old owns 238 toys, though they only play with 12 daily. How can we expect a child to play with any of their toys when they have so many to choose from?
With my children, I noticed a large inability to not only choose what toy to play with when they had so many of them, BUT I noticed they were consistently unable to keep a space tidied.
9 Lost Items a Day
Throughout our lifetime, we will spend over 3,680 hours looking for items that we have misplaced. This research found that the average person lost 9 items a day.
Though I will be the first to admit that the thing we lose most around our house is remotes, I’m shocked how our society HAS an extra 9 things a day to misplace.
$1.2 Trillion. That is the average American spend on NONESSENTIAL GOODS every year. By definition, we are referring to items people don’t even need.
That number makes me want to vomit. I mean, I’m as guilty as the next person for even buying nonessential items anyway, but that number is crazy. Especially when you hear that American’s are guilty of only giving 1% of their income to help charitable causes, yet 6 billion people worldwide live on less than $13,000 a year.
My family opted for a minimalist lift not because I always envisioned a tidied home, but because minimalism allowed us to easily clean up at the end of the day, putting everything back in its place.
Minimalism gave me the ability to have control of my environment and my life. Minimalism has shown me taught me so many incredible lessons, that I hope to continue to share with you all.
So, what now?
I want to remind you that:
WE HAVE THE POWER TO SAY NO TO THE CONSTANT SPENDING AND KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES.
THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE A DIFFERENT LIFE IS YOURS.
THERE IS NO REASON TO LIVE PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK IN ORDER TO HAVE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WE THINK WE WANT.
JUST BECAUSE SOCIETY MAKES US THINK WE NEED SOMETHING, DOESN’T MEAN WE DO.