Have you ever had an “aha” moment? I had one of those recently. It came while listening to “The Cozy Minimalist Home” on audiobook by Myquillin Smilth. She said we had all become accidental “Stuff Managers” She goes on to say, “It’s our job to find the right balance of cozy in our homes. Coziness and abundance can be inviting and warm, but too much stuff can be overwhelming and feel like a burden we were never meant to bear.”
Before recently, if you had told me to describe a minimalist, it would probably be an ultra-modern home with lots of straight lines, uncomfortable furniture, and no personal objects to be seen. However, as I’m learning, minimalism looks different for everyone.
The Minimalists say that minimalism is the removal of everything in our lives that does not bring value. I love the idea that we’re only leaving room in our lives for things that really matter to us. Without excess stuff around my home, needing to be managed, I could focus on things that really mattered, like family and friendships.. and, of course, taking photos!
I recently started my journey towards minimalism, and I still love all things related to home design and décor. I have a high need for coziness and warmth in my home. I want friends to feel welcomed and loved when they enter the kitchen door. (We have a front door, but no one ever uses that one.) I want a big fuzzy blanket to snuggle on the couch with my kids. I still love throw pillows on my bed that I have take off before I go to bed every night. I still have big gallery walls with family photos on them. What I do not need is 4 sets of sheet for every bed in the house and a closet full of clothes when I always pick the same 6 outfits when I get dressed for work. It’s been a learning process for me, and I’m nowhere near to the point where I would say I’m done, but I feel like my house has a lot more breathing room than it did a few months ago.
Location: Busch Wildlife Conservation Area
Model: Anne Chaika
Flowers: Krista Renee
Blue dress: Piper and Scoot