I’ve gotten into minimalism for a variety of reasons: saving money, taking care of the environment, and the fact that it simply makes me more happy and less anxious. But there are two somewhat strange reasons I journeyed into minimalism…
1. My cat’s a jerk
He’s adorable; in fact he’s darn lucky he’s cute, because he’s kind of a punk. He gets into everything. I mean everything. He actually locked me out of the house once by opening a drawer right behind my front door, so I couldn’t open the door. We now have child latches on things. But seriously he chews cords, k-cups, cabinets, paper, picture frames, mail, jackets, books, and anything that remotely resembles food. He opens drawers and cupboards and climbs curtains.
But he’s also the sweetest, most cuddly little guy.
I rescued him as a kitten and he started with the curtains and I thought to myself, “You can have curtains, or you can have Milo.” So I took the curtains down. This question/scenario has repeated itself many times over the past 2 years and Milo keeps coming out on top.
I used to be the kind of person that wanted everything to be perfect and just so and would get stressed out when it wasn’t. Milo has changed that. The simple question of which do I want more has put things into perspective for me.
So I still have Milo…but I have a lot less clutter and things in my house. This cat is keeping me a minimalist.
2. I don’t feel like cleaning
It’s not that I am a messy person, quite the opposite. Like I said, I like things to be just so. But that can take a lot of time and energy to keep up with when you have all sorts of things to clean, dust around, and items to keep in working condition. I’m not lazy, I just recognize that time is not a renewable resource and I’d rather spend my time doing other things than cleaning.
For me that means owning less stuff, having less clutter, fewer appliances and technology to keep up, a smaller driveway to shovel etc. My new house does not have granite countertops, which is less maintenance for me. This house also does not have tile and grout for the bathroom floor or shower, which I am thrilled about. I felt like I was fighting a 4 year-long battle with the grout at my old house.
Minimalism is a journey and it looks different for everyone. We all have different reasons that we get into minimalism and those reasons evolve over time. There are some common reasons (finances, the environment) but sometimes the most random things push us towards minimalism! Like a cute cat that is just too smart for his own good.
Do you have any unusual reasons you practice minimalism?