It was May 2015 and I didn't feel great, but could not name my problem. Though I did notice I felt particularly stressed by the extraneous 'stuff' around our home. We didn’t have a ton of things by typical American standards, but there was too much stuff for me, and it was sapping my joy. So much of my time at home was spent picking up after my two small children. In my efforts to keep our home clean I'd find myself moving pieces of mail, errant decorations, extra clothes, and toys from one spot to another, one room to another. Then I'd do it all over again the next day. I didn't always have enough gusto to cook a healthy dinner at the end of the day, much less read a book or watch a movie with my husband. Six months previous I had lost my brother suddenly and tragically, and was still working through the incredible pain. Something had to change.
I discovered Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I started grabbing items from around the house that I didn't want and drove a car load to the thrift store. It felt good! I did a huge purge over the next few months. In the end I released 75% of everything under our roof, selling some of it, other stuff went to goodwill or the trash if it was not salvageable. As my journey continued I learned of Zero Waste Home. The author Bea Johnson inspired me to refuse to bring trash into our home (think: plastic bag that dry rice comes in). We started buying more than half of our food from the pay by weight section, bringing our own small cloth bags to fill up on rice, dry beans, etc.
Six months into my journey I could truly name what I wanted: minimalism. Minimalism is about clearing away the excess from our lives in order to make room for the important things. Once I cleared out books I never read, clothes I barely wore, and furniture that just took up space, I found a renewed mental capacity to do so many things that I'd always been meaning to do: from starting this business to embracing a completely plant based/vegan diet, becoming an advocate in several issues, and perhaps most importantly: being a (happy) stay home mom.
There are a lot of depressed and stressed people in the world but there is so much hope in simplifying. Once you simplify, you can get closer to leading the life you were meant for.
I would be honored to help you get there.