September 20, 2016

An Exciting New Adventure in Enough-ism

Back up. I need to stop for a minute because I need to tell you about this new adventure I’m on. It started with the idea of minimalism but, it is a journey toward what I’m going to call “enoughism.” By the end of this post, I hope you will know what I mean.

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So if you are following what I am doing in my office and the rest of my home, you might have a better understanding of why I am doing it. I’ll do my best to document this and provide the best steps and share any missteps I may make along the way.

I know what started this. I was looking for organizing and decluttering books. Let’s be clear: I do not like to read. So I was looking for visual guides within these books to show me how to organize all my crap. So I checked out a ton of them…

  • Declutter Anything : a room-by-room guide to cleaning your home and simplifying your life / Ed Morro
  • Decluttering Your Home : tips, techniques and trade secrets / Geralin Thomas.
  • New Order : a decluttering handbook for creative folks (and everyone else) / Fay Wolf ; illustrated
  • Clutterfree with Kids : change your thinking, discover new habits, free your home / Joshua Becker.
  • The Joy of Less : a minimalist guide to declutter, organize, and simplify / Francine Jay
  • Never too busy to Cure Clutter : simplify your life one minute at a time / Erin Rooney Doland.
  • The Nesting Place : it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful / Myquillyn Smith.
  • Unstuffed : decluttering your home, mind, & soul / Ruth Soukup

OH THE IRONY : having a stack of decluttering books cluttering up my floor!

Sadly, none of those books had what I was looking for. Mind you, I was hunting for a book to show me visually how to organize things. Most books were nothing but words… I KNOW I KNOW it’s a book! Duh. The others felted very cluttered… Crazy since it was supposed to help me do the opposite… In the midst of searching for on my public library site though I stumbled across Hoopla, which solved my not liking to read problem. Through my local library I am able to access https://www.hoopladigital.com/ and listen to a multitude of books for free! They even have an iphone app! Disclaimer – So if ever say I read a book, I’m technically lying because I probably listened to it. Except for a couple Harry Potter books that I tore through in a week. =) (Go to your local library and see what types of online audiobook options they have. If you still insist on a hard copy, at least you can check a book out at the library before you purchase it for yourself.)

So, did I tell you that I don’t like reading yet? I began looking up videos on Youtube on minimalism when I came across Joshua Becker’s video.

Because I am a Christian, I wanted to hear what he had to say and to see if living minimally was even biblical. It is… I’ll want to explore this some more later.

You know those stupid books that people say “changed their life?” I wouldn’t… and you know why… Well thanks to audio books I found one of those. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker. I am actually going to go back to relisten to it again and again. What he says about organizing just blows my mind…

“If organizing your stuff worked, wouldn’t you be done by now?” —Courtney Carver

Organizing is not the answer! I needed something different altogether. It is all about moving past my mental roadblocks, immediate selfish, defensive arguments/thoughts and the guilt over so much money wasted…

I was basically hooked by his message. It just made so much sense. The truth was sitting right in front of me. But, I couldn’t see it because I had all this crap! People are definitely hungry for something different. I think that’s why his book and the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up are best sellers.

Our soul is crying out and screaming “enough! You can’t quite put your finger on it because we’re constantly bombarded with messages telling us “you need this to be happy.” All around us are the messages that you need the newer, the better, the faster. These are lies. And the longer we listen to them, we’ll lose our ability to recognize them as lies. We’ll just absorb them.

But, one of the first objections that I personally had to minimalism was the idea that minimalism = getting rid of everything. But minimal is not none people. I don’t even like the word minimalism. I don’t want the very minimum of what life offers. I want to live in the enough – just enough. Without excess.

So my journey is toward “enoughism.”

ENOUGHISM: Having just the things in your life that are useful, add value and bring you joy.

What does that look like for me? I’m figuring it out still. You will have to ask what this looks like for you.

 

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In the coming weeks, I will be posting about finishing up my office, how I tackled my closet and my bathroom, and trying to figure out how this new adventure will look for our family of five.

This is my invitation to you. Join me on this journey/adventure – whatever you want to call it. The process of decluttering our lives is a P-R-O-C-E-S-S. Start small and see the benefits. Don’t start with the hard stuff – sentimental items or other people’s stuff.

Let’s start living in the enough – rather than being stuck in the rut of too much. In order to do this, we need to define what “enough” is for ourselves, our families and our lives. Let’s make enough our goal. If we don’t define what enough is, we continue to buy more, not knowing when to stop… Man! I have to say that was kinda deep. Right?! LOL I have to crack up because, if you knew me, I’m so not deep y’all…

  1. Jill Means

    September 20th, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Amy, this resonates with me so much! I’m on my own journey of enoughism. I can’t wait to do this with you!

  2. Amy Ehmann

    September 21st, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Oh awesome Jill… I think it’s going to be a fun and freeing adventure!!!!

  3. Ling

    September 20th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Yes to everything you wrote 🙂 I read Marie Kondo’s book a couple years ago and it has made me acutely aware of what I *truly* want & need in my life. Swiss Miss posted something recently that really drives the point forward: “List 5 things that are important to you in your life. How much of your time do you give to each of these?” I think between focusing on those 5 important things and filtering out the noise of ads trying to sell us more stuff, we just might be able to get to “enough” 🙂

  4. Amy Ehmann

    September 21st, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Ling – I tried to read Marie Kondo’s book last year, but you can guess how that ends… LOL But it’s definitely on my hoopla list! =D Thanks Ling for sharing your thoughts/comments it has been a sweet encouragement to us. xo

  5. Lori

    October 12th, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Thank you for the inspiration! Love seeing your journey and thinking about how to apply this at home. I think our family needs an intervention :/

  6. Amy Ehmann

    October 12th, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Hi Lori! I’m so glad you found inspiration here. Our family could use some intervention too… I’ve been putting off the kids rooms for months now! One day, one drawer, at a time. =)

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