Although I had spent a couple years knowing that I had too much stuff, it wasn't until I read this book when I really became serious about it. My husband, who actually bought the book, did not read it until after I had. I suddenly picked up the pace and began really purging items that I no longer needed. Soon, he spent a day reading it and got on board. Since then, I have found a much fuller life by focusing on family and not on stuff. I am now able to find items I truly enjoy rather than rebuying them over and over, because my favorite things are lost somewhere in the abyss of my mess. I have to credit this book for pushing me over the edge to a more focused intentional life.
About two years ago, I was pregnant with severe morning sickness, caring for two foster toddlers, and homeschooling my middle schooler. Oh, did I mention we also decided to open the first of our businesses that year. Needless to say, I was super busy. It was then I realized, I needed life to change.
No matter what I did, my house was cluttered and so was my life. I couldn't change too much in my life; my middle schooler still needed to be educated, I was still puking every two hours, and toddlers, well, if you have had two toddlers at once, you know there is little you can do to ease the pressures. It seemed to make sense, since I couldn't clean out the busyness in my life, I needed to clean out the clutter from my house. It was then that I started the first of my minimalist efforts.
With two toddlers in diapers and one on the way, I used a lot of diapers and in turn had a lot of empty diaper boxes I recycled. So I made the decision for every box that came in the house, I would fill with donatable stuff. Since I was buying at least two boxes of diapers a month, this seemed very reasonable. I then would find a charity that was worthy of the items and off that box would go.
Angela Michelle Schultz
I am abnegating my possessions for the sake of the good things in my life like my church, my husband, my daughters, my family, my friends, and my writing. I am learning the joy of having more time and money for what matters by removing the stuff that doesn't.