22 responses

  1. Bethany @ Journey to Ithaca
    Wednesday, 20 March 2013

    You know, some things were expected, like housework being easier. But, like your family, living in close quarters has made our family closer as well–and that was a surprise! I think it’s really changed our family dynamic.

  2. Kate@OrganizationfortheTypeB
    Wednesday, 20 March 2013

    I love this post! Thank you so much for sharing. I am having an awesome time following your book too. I would say we are “Minimalist-Lite”. We didn’t start out with much to begin with due to money constraints, but I feel like minimalism has freed me emotionally from feeling like I am not good enough because I don’t have lots of stuff.
    My husband is a freelance musician, and his primary instrument (s) is percussion, so due to the nature of his job I don’t know if we are true “minimalists”. We have a lot of instruments, but it is nice our son gets to be surrounded by and make music.

    And don’t you love being able to plug the vacuum into one outlet and vacuum the whole house (for us, minus the bedroom and music studio).

    Anyway, Thanks again! Good luck in China!!

    Kate

  3. Amy von Borstel
    Wednesday, 20 March 2013

    I loved reading about all the ways you’ve grown this year.

    Living simply has helped me to be fully at rest in my soul. When I look back to the years before I began simplifying, my spirit was unsettled. Now, life is peaceful. Following Christ and living simply go hand in hand. :)

    Happy birthday, Lorilee!

    • Lindsay
      Wednesday, 20 March 2013

      I couldn’t agree with this more! :)

    • Hannah T
      Tuesday, 21 May 2013

      I agree so much with Amy Von Borstel…
      I am in much need to simplify my home right now. We have collected so much stuff in the last 8 years that it’s sickening.
      I like having less, I just need to get back to that state.
      I love her statement that: Following Christ and living simply go hand in hand. Soooo good.

      God bless you and thanks for your inspiration!

  4. Karen
    Wednesday, 20 March 2013

    Great post. I have been practicing “family size” minimalism since 2008. You described very well what it can do for someone. I have learned so much about myself! My house is 1800 square feet with a full basement but I can still let it totally go (like when my hubby and I had the flu a couple of weeks ago) and can get it back in shape in no time at all! Everything has a home so it is easy to straighten up by putting everything back where it belongs. We also homeschool and it is no problem to have spur of the moment get togethers with friends. A better description for my lifestyle might be homestead minimalism because so much stuff that I have held onto is used in the preserving of food-canning and freezing and animal related stuff. By the way, I started piano lessons at age 36 and took them for 4 1/2 years! Have fun with that!! Keep up the good work!!

  5. Nancy
    Thursday, 21 March 2013

    God can save to the uttermost anyone comes to Him in truth. That’s not hard to believe When you think about the fact that He is our Creator and that He died to save us from any sinful thing that would separate us from him. No one loves you more and no one ever could. I believe that each one of us is created uniquely special in God’s sight, with a special purpose. There is so much that we can learn from the experience of others but so often we lose when We take our eyes off Jesus and pattern our lives by the ideas and values of other people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Lorilee

    • Hannah T
      Tuesday, 21 May 2013

      Wonderfully stated!

  6. Kevin
    Friday, 22 March 2013

    Happy birthday!

    We’ve been in the same large house now for 11 years. Prior to that we moved 3 times in 4 years. Moving had a way of decluttering our life in many respects, but after 11 years and raising two children, we have acquired things that were once used but now are not. We are fairly consistent at regularly giving things away, but there is still plenty of things that are stored that haven’t been used in 12 months (which means they are likely to not be used again.)

    In another 18 months we’ll be empty-nesters. Then we’ll have a moving / decluttering decision to make.

    I have worked at home for most of my kids lives, my DW is a homemaker, and we homeschooled our children. One is now in college. Needless to say, we’re in a transition.

  7. Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com
    Sunday, 24 March 2013

    Hi Lorilee….WOW!!!! I am so thrilled to hear your story of living your dreams! You are an inspiration to us all for your willingness to be so courageous. It is so easy to be average and just do what everyone else is doing and far, far more rare to step out of the box and try new things. No matter WHAT happens with this adventure in China you will have amazing memories that will last a life time…and you are teaching your kids to be equally open and adventurous as well. Being a minimalist in China should work out pretty well and I’m already looking forward to hearing about your journey. Again, congratulations!

    • Lorilee Lippincott
      Tuesday, 26 March 2013

      thanks :)

  8. Carmella
    Wednesday, 3 April 2013

    Lori, good, good words! Yes, there are so many benefits to a simpler lifestyle that I know we never thought of before we set out. You’re right that it’s not Eden or bliss, but this lifestyle does bring with it a deep sense of satisfaction, doesn’t it?

  9. Jared Gibbons
    Tuesday, 4 June 2013

    This is a wonderful post. I myself am starting to live a much more minimal lifestyle and it’s nice to see how it has positively effected not only someone else individually, but an entire family.

    Keep it up!

  10. Nicole
    Thursday, 6 June 2013

    Loved reading this! I have recently decided to dedicate my time and energy by engaging in a minimalist lifestyle. I am so very excited that I started a blog to document my journey. I loved reading how much it has impacted your life in positive ways over a long time frame. My boyfriend and I are about to pack up what we can fit into the trunk of his tiny 2 door scion and move to Colorado. We hope to start and raise our family there and I feel like I can accomplish all of that and more via minimalism. Not only that but I feel it’s so much better for our society as a whole. I wasn’t aware of how many others are beginning or have the same idea! Thanks for sharing your story. I look forward to reading more!

  11. dana
    Thursday, 25 July 2013

    I really love your post and I love to hear about how other people have changed their lives through minimalism. I like the idea of minimalism but I would have no idea where to begin. Do you have any tips on how you started and how you’ve kept up with it? I have 4 children all under the age of 7 and they have lots of stuff! It’s hard to keep up with it all. When my 7 yr.old would come home from school she’d have mounds of stuff it’s crazy. I can’t imagine when all my other kids go to school. Also I am a stay at home mom and only my husband works so saving money is crucial! How does minimalism help you save money? Thanks

    • Lorilee Lippincott
      Thursday, 25 July 2013

      Dana, that is a lot of questions :) There is a bunch of posts on the website about how to get started, any of the simple living challenges would be a good place to start and my book ‘Simple Living: 30 days to less stuff and more life’ was written as a starting guide.

      Minimalism primarily has helped us save money because we have spent much less for housing. It has also saved money when it comes to buying things like clothes, gifts, and other household things. Good luck!

      • Dana
        Friday, 26 July 2013

        Sorry about asking so many questions! But thanks so much for the quick reply. I will definitely check out your site and your book also. Thanks so much.

  12. Nino Arzon
    Friday, 23 August 2013

    Several Months ago my wife and I lived in a 2800 sf home with a 3 car garage and no kids. Once day I asked my wife if she liked the house, she said yes. I told her I felt the house was too large for us and all we had done is just accumulated a lot of junk we only used one or never used. I grew up in New York City in an apartment and somthing was telling me it’s time to de clutter, sell the house, find an apartment and live the life you always wanted. One without worrying about the yard, maintenance, HOA dues, insurance costs, property taxes etc. All that money we could save or use on ourselves (over 16K per year) Since then we have sold our home, sold all of our junk and are now starting our new lives together as Minimalists. It’s such a hugh load off our shoulders, we are now debt free, with more income than we know what to do with, and living the dream of taking care of ourselves. I’m 50 my wife is 47 and we are very happy. Thank you for your blog, you were the catalyst.
    Nino Arzon

    • Lorilee Lippincott
      Sunday, 25 August 2013

      yay! Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. nooren
    Monday, 30 December 2013

    It was a great post.I think it is in nature of some people.we grow up all our life learning future,money,luxury is the key of happiness but we get tired of running behind them and then sit down for a while n think how much we had collected of these stuff n do we enjoy them as we thought we will ? No absolutely why not we just take a break and think what is important and make us happy so we can keep only those goals in life and dispose all extra illusions and burdens.

  14. Felix Erude
    Monday, 20 January 2014

    Great post. It’s amazing I didn’t know much about the minimalist lifestyle until fairly recently. I was constantly stressed out about not making enough money, sinking into debt and not having enough time for my family. Minimalism has been the answer to many of my stress issues.

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