minimalism, and links

One of the most difficult steps to organize your life – finances, relationships, etc. – is decluttering, I think.  I’ve been thinking a lot more recently about the idea of decluttering and minimalism.  I don’t consider myself a minimalist, but I have simple test that works:  if I clean up, do I feel more relaxed?  If I organize and remove unnecessary items, do I feel better?  Yes, I do.  It’s not a tough test; anyone can do it quickly.  I don’t like clutter.  I don’t even like auditory clutter; on a Waldorf-inspired binge a few months ago, I removed almost all of our childrens’ toys’ batteries so we wouldn’t have to subject ourselves to the bleeping and blooping.

Part of the decluttering is tough.  I do enjoy having a lot of books in the house, but I wonder: will our children even appreciate books or will they just tote a Kindle or a Nook around with them?  I don’t like junk lying around but I can’t bring myself to toss out pictures our children having painstakingly crafted.

Minimalism and/or decluttering are tough journeys, no doubt about it.  I’m reading more and trying to get my own head straight about what I want out of my material possessions.  Is it fair for me to deny my kids batteries in their noisy toys while keeping a DVD player for myself, for example?  Food for thought.

On to the links: