In the mean time, I thought I would speak about the way my minimalism projects have affected my life, thus far:
-I find that clutter doesn't build easily. When you don't own as much "stuff", you don't have to be constantly tidying and chasing after objects. When I am putting items away, they have a home and I am not cramming one more thing into a closet or drawer.
-Our family priorities have become much more clear. My husband is currently completing his education for his trade. We chose to sell his truck so that he could buy a gas saving car. He drives an 1 hour and 45 minutes to and from school every day. We are saving money and he is able to be home to see Miss. E every night. When sorting through our belongings we are forced to ask whether or not the item enhances our life or detracts from it. We have kept many items that define our family priorities (outdoor equipment, strollers, books) and released items that do not stimulate our lives.
-I feel like I can breathe in our living space. My family and I live in 926 square feet. We have a small home. Minimalism allows us to use our space efficiently. I never feel like our house is "too small". We are content in our space and we don't have to be overwhelmed by possessions.
I know that minimalism is a process. It is something that I constantly repeat here on the blog, but I do hope that eventually it becomes less of a process and more of a habit. It would be nice to not have to pick projects to tackle. It would be best if we could simply stay on top of our stuff and be extremely discerning about what gets a place in our home. Until then, I will continue to tackle my family's clutter.