Hi there! I’m Veronica, a.k.a. The Minimalist Hobbit (or, attempting to be, but we’ll get to that). I’m in my mid-40’s and live with my wonderful partner of 15 years in the Colorado Rockies, where we just bought a house last year and currently work remotely in the IT industry.
So why am I starting this, or in this case, restarting?
I started dabbling in minimalism about ten years ago when “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” came out. After living in tiny places in downtown Boston for years, I bought my first house – a cute little three-bedroom way larger than any space I had lived in before. Although I had moved with all my possessions (including furniture) fitting into U-Haul’s smallest van and my stepfather’s minivan, I quickly filled up the new space with way more than I had ever owned in my life. The breaking point for me was my office closet – a large double closet literally overflowing with stuff of all types that would fall out when you opened the doors.
I started decluttering my piles of shoes, clothes, books, etc. I did two or three KonMari rounds over the proceeding years, a Declutter 1000 Things Challenge, and countless rounds of the Mins Game. These all helped a lot to reduce my belongings to a less-overwhelming number although I definitely still had way more than I needed. The final push came in 2019 when my partner and I sold or gave away about 90% of tour possessions including all furniture in his five-bedroom house and my three-bedroom one so we could fit into a small two-bedroom furnished townhouse across the country in Boulder. It was at this point that I was finally back down to what I felt like was a manageable amount of possessions.
Shortly after moving, however, I discovered shopping in a city for the first time in 15 years. Specifically, Boulder”s amazing consignment stores. My wardrobe, which had been pared down to almost nothing, quickly tripled in size. Nine months later, we bought a house in the mountains that was much bigger than the Boulder townhouse and purchasing continued (Hello, 2020 stress!). Overwhelm has now hit hard – not just in my possessions, but also with work stress, health issues (some a direct result of stress), and pouring money into our fixer-upper.
So now I’m on a mission to simplify – not just my stuff, but every other part of my life as well. To kick off things and start to try to lower my stress levels I’m starting off a 30 day challenge, which I will talk about in my next blog!
Peace and Love,