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The More of Less

Worlds colliding over here you guys! Patrick and I just completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU) with our life group at church-if your financial health is lackluster, I highly recommend the program.  I had no idea budgeting could be so addicting/fun?  Yes, I fully comprehend my oddness and we aced FPU, in case you’re wondering!

Midway through the class, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Joshua Becker’s new book The More of Less-it’s now been released and you can purchase it here.  I’ve been following Josh and his blog Becoming Minimalist since I recognized that minimalism was actually a movement others are embracing.  The parallel between FPU and Josh’s book is uncanny in a sense.  Both promote living within your means and the joy of giving that’s a byproduct of living with less.

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Josh explains that minimalism isn’t a one size fits all approach.  You don’t have to sell everything you own and live as a nomad or donate 98% of your wardrobe, although you certainly can.  Minimalism has many levels and the book explains it’s a matter of stripping away those things that cause us wasted time, resources and energy in order to allow more room to focus on passions, dreams and what really matters.  He details a systematic approach to decluttering your life and provides real life examples of resulting benefits.

He discusses the effects of consumerism on each generation and how individuals of every age can easily become more minimalistic.  Since reading the book, I’ve been more mindful of reducing basic clutter around our house, while attempting to get Patrick on board-he’s coming around!  I seriously feel like this new organizational ‘me’ has been lying dormant since…..well, forever! These are 10 simple rules from the book for keeping the house tidy and easing mental clutter:

  1. Make your bed each morning.
  2. Wash dishes right away.
  3. Fill your recycling and garbage containers.
  4. Always leave room in your coat closet.
  5. Keep flat surfaces clear.
  6. Complete one-to-two minute jobs immediately.
  7. When you finish a newspaper or magazine, process it immediately.
  8. Place junk mail immediately into the recycle bin.
  9. Take care of clothes immediately.
  10. Nightly, return items where they belong.

I’ve always, always, always been an advocate for spending money on experiences-not things, but this book and movement has ignited the spark within me to reach for The More of Less.  Above all,  Joshua says it best…”I am free to choose to live with less. For that I am grateful.”

With wedding season here, I’m sharing my minimalist wedding on an upcoming blog! We’ll be celebrating our one year anniversary in just a few days-eeeeek!

 

2 Comments

  1. Aaron Anderson says

    My wife and I have been figuring out this minimalist thing one step at a time. Starting with our wedding, we ended up only spending $2,000 from start to finish. Luckily this was her idea, because most women wouldn’t roll with this. Cutting costs on everything from the food served (Coffee, Tea, Desserts), borrowing mics and amps from friends and orgs, and using our friends and connections to get photography and the minister discounted. It was a nice meet in the middle between a grandiose wedding and simply signing papers at the courthouse.

    The next steps for us is the tiny home movement. However, other than just fantasizes about how nice it would be, I went out and hustled for the home that was perfect for us. This month, we will be selling our 3 bedroom home in the suburbs to move to a 900 sq ft home. The property also comes with a 2nd home with a tenant whose rent more than covers our mortgage payment. Talk about financial freedom! Imagine not having to pay rent!?

    I wish you and your husband well on your life of simplifying.

    Aaron Anderson

    • Thanks for sharing Aaron! Isn’t it nice to not be in debt from a wedding ceremony? We decided to ‘plan an elopement’ and this allowed us to spend more money on travel.

      Congrats on the new home! I would love to hear your thoughts once you guys are all settled in.

      Thanks for stopping by my page and good luck to you guys as well!

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