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Implementing Principles of Minimalism for the D.I.Y. Rock Star ⭐ (Podmas 2022)

This post accompanies our Podmas 2022 series (listed at the bottom of this post).

Podmas videos playlist:

Minimalism and the D.I.Y. Rock Star ⭐️ 😎🎸💡

On Day One, welcomes you all to the topic. While Day Two answers the question, “What is minimalism?” For our purposes, minimalism is a framework of decreasing clutter, NOT amassing new things (until you can figure out where to put the things you have), and being honest with yourself with whether or not keeping—and storing!—items (IRL and digital) is worth the effort.

Here's the back story....

On Day Three, we answer why we would even TRY minimalism?

I was raised by what by a mom, who, by today’s standard, would be considered a “maximalist.” --She wanted as MANY of an item as she could get. She kept things that might ONE DAY prove useful. And ALWAYS had room to accept—and keep—ALL gifts and hand me downs. We moved around a lot, so when an apartment became full, she would simply move off and leave what she couldn’t afford to move behind and start again. Needless to say, the longer we lived at a place, the fuller it became with things. Though, I have struggled to “NOT be my mom,” I have carried much of her philosophy with me over the years.

But needless to say, I am NOT moving from place to place, so over the years, I have had to find ways to manage my collecting of things. —Bruce, on the other hand, came from a background with a mom who kept her spaces neat and tidy, and was not emotionally invested in keeping anything that DIDN'T serve her. —While I never actually discussed this with her, the proof was in the pudding; her house was always immaculate and beautiful and not stuffed with things. Surfaces were clear, wiped down, and beautifully decorated, as if she was ALWAYS ready for company. —THAT'S something I LOVED about her house from the first time I walked into it in 1986.

Fast forward to 20 years in our house. The way we would keep things “clean” overall is to find new places to hide things. —We built hutches, bought more filing cabinets, and bought dressers with bigger drawers. Another “hack” I found was to throw parties each season as a motivator to address, at least some, of the surface and floor clutter. That worked okay for MANY years, but drawers and closets were STILL stuffed with random assortments of stuff. We promise that in this post—and in the Podmas series—we will share nine days of ideas on how minimalism can manifest itself in your life with your spaces—home, studio, work place—and with your finances.


Reasons why we would even consider trying minimalism:

1. In need of a whole declutter (it’s been 20 years AND transitioning to empty nest)