Let’s face it. Not everyone you know will be as excited with your minimalist progress as you are. Not everyone can appreciate the joy you experience when you clear out a junk drawer or consolidate six boxes of band-aids into one. To some people, getting rid of your clothes or even your car just causes them to shake their head in wonder. It can feel discouraging when not everyone shares the same excitement you are feeling or your progress goes unnoticed.
Well, today is Toot Your Own Horn Day! Shout your progress for all to hear. Be proud of your minimalist accomplishments. Making the drastic shift from accumulating excess to eliminating it is a very big deal. You should be proud of yourself!
To make things just a little more fun, I am going to pick a random commenter from today’s post to win my personal paperback copy of Dave Bruno’s book The 100 Thing Challenge and a free advance copy of my new book on Family Sized Minimalism. Dave’s book is a down-to-earth and personal look about making the transition to living with less. It’s the first book that has me actually considering the idea of counting my stuff to raise a personal awareness of what I own.
So, jump right in and tell me what you’ve been up to. Feel free to cheer each other on as well. I will pick the random winner on Saturday, February 5 so don’t miss your chance.
What I’ve Been Up To
One of our two storage units is totally empty! We have had that particular unit for about six years. Yep, SIX years! It felt so awesome to sweep it out and close the door one last time. We should be finished with the other unit by the end of this month. Holidays and a week of being iced in really slowed down our progress, but the finish line is in sight!
I’m also excited that our new (smaller) bed is arriving tomorrow. We needed a new mattress anyway so we took the chance to downsize the bed and get a frame with drawers underneath. I can’t wait for that transformation!
Finally, I’m hard at work on my Family Sized Minimalism book. I’m getting my own much needed encouragement and direction from Jonathan at By Bloggers. If you are wanting to write your own book, he has some really awesome resources available for free on his site.
photo by coloniera2
Article originally published on 02/02/2011