Creating a minimal home.

I am stressed and overwhelmed by clutter and unfortunately I have accumulated a lot of it. I didn’t even realize just how much clutter I actually had until I started my de-cluttering process.

In the past month I have watched the Minimalism documentary 5 times and finished Joshua Becker’s book The More of Less for the second time.  I am so ready to de-clutter my whole home. When Eric and I started our journey it was more of me getting rid of my things by the truckload. It didn’t take him long at all to see how amazing this transformation was for me. I was happier, cleaning less and able to spend more time with my family. He jumped on board without any complaining or begrudging. Not only did he not complain one time he was encouraging and excited. He said that it was nice to have a word to describe our lifestyle.  We spent a lot of quality time talking about living a minimal lifestyle. We began to make date nights a serious priority. Having a three year old is hard, it’s even harder if mom and dad don’t get out of the house every other Friday. Our date nights consist of having dinner and discussing a simple life. We discuss our values, goals and aspirations. This may sound boring and trivial but this is something that we haven’t done in a long time, and certainly not on the level that we communicate now. We are both genuinely excited to talk about these things and about how we can improve our quality of life.

We started de-cluttering the whole house after I completed Project 333. At first it was very easy: throw away crap you don’t use. But then we started digging into the “meat” of the home. The junk drawers. The side tables. The hidden crap that you keep “just in case”. This petty crap is so insignificant yet we struggle letting go. At one point I quit looking through the drawer and just dumped the whole thing in the trash. After all, I hadn’t even looked in that drawer in over a year, I didn’t need anything in there. Eric was ready to throw away everything except for his Kansas City Star newspaper when the Royals won the World Series. After 3 days of thinking about it he decided to get rid of it (thanks babe, you da best).

We have only minimized the living room and dining room completely so far. We have one table that we are getting rid of in our living room and it will be complete. We have 2 cabinets left to go through in the kitchen before we can check that room off but our counters are clutter-free for the long haul! Our bedroom is nearly finished but we have a few small things we need to do first. Eric is finally ready to cut back on some of his clothing. We don’t own a lot of stuff but we have been living together for a decade so we have 10 years worth of stuff to go through. We’re making awesome progress on each room!

Our dining room

 We keep our decor very minimal. We’ve always been this way. In fact, my walls are so bare that one time during our dinner prayer my niece honest to goodness prayed to God that he would help me hang photos on my walls. I hung two. Thank ya Jesus. 🙂

Our biggest project  right now is dudes room. He has a HUGE Pottery Barn bed with stairs and many many many drawers and book shelves. We will do a room transformation some time this summer. We want to sell his bed and get a lofted bed with some sort of reading nook or hammock below his bed. We don’t want to remove many of his toys or books from his room but because of the size of his bed he doesn’t have much room to play. We are hoping that by adding a lofted bed with space below it will open up the feel of the room.

A peek into our living room.

Don’t mind my messy lights. We are into minimalism, not perfection. 🙂

Also- here are the two photos that I hung up. Everybody clap!

We have 3 big things that we kept in the kitchen: a coffee pot, microwave and my moms Kitchenaid Mixer that I’m borrowing for the rest of my life.

I’ve developed a total fascination with plants over the last year. I wanted to decorate my home very simply so I decided to hang plants around our home. This plant is kept in my room by my windows. My cousin propagated it for me and I made the macrame hanging basket out of jersey knit fabric. It was super simple and I love how it looks. My heart garland was made in KC by Elfish Crafts and you can buy them for $5 on Etsy.

We still have a ways to go but we are making amazing progress and enjoying our time doing it! If you have any questions or tips on how to live a minimal, meaningful life we would love to hear! Have a simple day!

Love love love,

 Eric and Kari Jo

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6 thoughts on “Creating a minimal home.

  1. Hey I found your blog on instagram. I too am becoming a minimalist and enjoy reading about others who are making the lifestyle change. On the de clutter of your kitchen how much dishes did you keep? My kitchen is the hardest for me to get rid of stuff so I’m curious. Thanks !!

    1. Hey there! I’m so glad you found me! The kitchen is one of those rooms that you have to really think about. My husband and I don’t host dinners often at all so we decided to only keep 4 large plates and 4 smaller plates. We kept 6 bowls and 6 cups. Also, I had some bigger items such as a bread maker, a convection oven, turkey carver and an extra toaster that we didn’t use so we got rid of those as well. You just have to ask yourself, “Do these items add value to my life and do they bring me joy or are they constantly in the way?” The items that I got rid of I used maybe once a year and I couldn’t justify keeping an item for 1 day out of 365. If you have bigger items that you love but are unsure if you want to keep them, offer them to a close family member or friend so that you can borrow them if you are so inclined. I hope this helps! Best of luck to you on your journey!!

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