I’ve admittedly gotten fat and sassy.
Six months ago, my husband and I went through a lot of changes.
We downsized from a 2,300 square foot home to an 835 square foot one-bedroom apartment.
We moved from our village of 1,200 people to a city of nearly one million.
I switched jobs and my husband got used to a longer commute.
We got rid of a lot of stuff.
And we started enjoying more experiences in our newly adopted city, along with getting to spend more time with our adult children and their significant others.
It’s been a whirlwind.
And it has been amazing.
But now I’ve gotten lazy. I’ve been enjoying too many episodes of Friends. Instead of working out, I’ve been reading. In and of itself, that’s not a bad thing. However, I’ve let reading replace working out rather than letting it complement exercise.
I love our apartment and I struggle to want to leave it once I get home. It’s so comfortable.
In other words, I’ve gotten REALLY lazy.
Keeping it fresh.
While it is great to have gotten rid of so much stuff, having a lot less to clean, and not having any outside work has been tremendous, I let myself plateau.
I got fat and sassy.
So, here are some ideas I’ve been doing to keep minimalism fresh:
Join a group to continue to be motivated. I’m part of a group on Facebook called The Clutternators. We have been together for a year and a half, and we encourage and support each other as we work through the clutter in our lives. That clutter can be physical, digital, emotional, etc. Being in a group of like-minded people is a wonderful experience, and I make sure I post 2–3 times a week and comment on what others are doing. It’s great to have a healthy exchange of ideas.
The 10-minute rule. I take 10 minutes each day to pick up or clean one room in the apartment. Since we have a much smaller space, sometimes I can get to two rooms. I set a timer and then it’s “Game on!”
One activity each week. To keep us from getting too comfortable in our apartment, we make a promise to ourselves to get out to do something at least once a week. It might be going to our favorite comedy club or a hockey game. It might be going out for appetizers or going to an art gallery. At the end of the year, we will have gone out at least 52 times.
Set a movement goal. If you’re so inclined, set an exercise goal each week. However, if you aren’t a workout junkie, give yourself a movement goal. If need be, set a timer to go off each hour and then go for a five-minute walk.
Remind yourself that minimalism is a continuous journey. It isn’t a destination. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. Watch a documentary on the topic. Get re-energized when you hit a plateau.
It’s okay to take a rest. We all need one from time to time, but the key is to make sure that rest doesn’t turn into a hibernating slumber.
Get out of the tree and get back at it! After all, you’re not a koala bear. ;)
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I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.