Since first stumbling upon minimalism back in 2008, I have been consciously trying to aspire to this lifestyle – simple, less stuff, focus on experiences instead of things. I am never one to donate, sell, giveaway items that no longer bring me joy or make me happy.
When I first met my husband, he had a one bedroom apartment with a TV sitting on the floor, couch, desk, bed, side table, and of course a sign of a true bachelor – plastic drawers. He embodied the ideal of minimalism. I wish I could say I’m just like him, but I still struggle with getting rid of all the things, but I’m working on it.
How does wanting to move to England coincide with minimalism? I knew moving overseas meant getting rid of all of the unnecessary so once I became determined we would move to England, I began a major purge of items. For the past six months to a year, I have sold, donated, given away probably thousands of items – all with the mindset of, “Do I want to move this with me?” I’ve made over $1,000 in cash and hundreds of dollars in trade (for children’s clothing stores and a local sports store).
Along with purging items, I have been visualizing (bear with me, this sounds super new agey, but I’m a crunchy mama) everything about living in England. Each day, I’ve envisioned living, shopping, traveling in the area I used to live; every little detail not overlooked: what would I buy at the grocery store, the weather, shops, etc. I’ve even looked up rental properties to see where I’d want to live and I watch as much British television as possible. Seriously, when you want something so bad, you’ll do whatever you can to get there and visualization has been the key to getting me to my goal. And guess what? It worked.