Embrace Wanting Less

This week in my art of decluttering project I have taken the time to reflect on why I chose to declutter. There are many benefits to clearing the clutter out of our homes and living a more minimalistic lifestyle. There are also advantages to clearing a bit out of our calendars so our lives do not feel so hectic. If you have been considering learning the skill of decluttering, here is what you need to know.

3 blogs to follow:

ALL THINGS KONMARI’D

Source: onthebubbly.com

Marie Kondo has developed a system of decluttering known as the KonMari method. It is very popular and offers the advice to clear out items by categories instead of by rooms. Kondo teaching that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. She believes tidying your space can transform your life.

BECOMING MINIMALIST

Becoming Minimalist is designed to inspire others to pursue their greatest passions by owning fewer possessions. I find that following Joshua Becker’s blog Becoming Minimalist helps me stay focused on my goal of minimizing my life. His posts resonate with me and I especially like that he includes information on how to declutter with a family.

CLUTTER-FREE CLASSROOM

Jody Durgin blogs specifically about keeping your classroom organized. This is as equally important as keeping your home decluttered. Durgin is passionate about helping teachers be the best educators they can be in a classroom with less mess and less stress.

Source: Mary-Anne Blenkin via Canva

Top 3 Reasons to Declutter

Decluttering reduces stress and anxiety

Decluttering gives you more space

Decluttering saves you time and offers flexibility

WhY is it hard to let go of your possessions

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After spending money on an item it can sometimes be hard to let it go if you feel you have not gotten your value out of it

Saving items for the future  because of the fear that you might need it someday can cause you stress today. A multitude of items can be stored in every room of your home and take away from truly enjoying the space today.

When it is time to declutter, sentimental items can be the hardest to part with. I remember being sad when we sold my children’s crib. I considered converting the crib into a desk but I decided I was not that attached to it. I was able to part with the crib and I do not regret that decision. I still have a long way to go in this department.

Mindset changes

Gratitude – materialism is a behaviour born out of discontent with the possessions we own.

Contentment  – discontentment opens up our heart to unhealthy habits

Less is more – learn to embrace wanting less

Photo illustration by Alexandra Floersch / Forum News Service

I was encouraged to create a video or digital poster. I checked out Glogster which I will likely use in the classroom, however it did not seem to fit a minimalist message. I made the declutter for mental health poster at Canva. I also checked out piktochart, let me know your thoughts on the infographic I created.

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5 thoughts on “Embrace Wanting Less

  1. brennasmithportfolio says:

    I love love love the posters that you made! I think they fit great into the minimalist mindset. I have been actively working towards minimalism throughout my life. However, fighting against consumerism is very difficult. We are surrounded by commercials, social media, celebrities, etc., endorsing us to buy things to improve our lives. Realizing that happiness comes from more than just materialism is a very difficult journey, but a worthwhile one to embark on. Thanks for the reminder to work towards minimalism and decluttering my life!

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    • mablenkin says:

      Thanks for the kind comments Brenna. The fight against consumerism is indeed a huge challenge. It becomes even harder with kids as not only may they want the next best thing, but Aunt’s and Grandma’s want to buy them the most popular items. I believe, however, that even small steps in the right direction can go a long way. Contentment and gratitude will bring more happiness than any material items ever could.

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  2. Miss Hollinger says:

    Mary-Anne,
    I love the way you laid out this blog post! It is very clean and well organized. Which is good, since that is what your learning project is on!
    I love how you gave reasoning, and ideas for why living a minimalist life is beneficial. I specifically like, how you found a blog on decluttering your classroom. As a pre-service teacher, I will need all the help I can get!
    Thanks for sharing your journey,
    -Ashley

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