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What you ought to know about Minimalism, and why it can help you with your chronic illness, and overall health.

Updated on August 7, 2016
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Chronic illness warrior and natural health coach and advocate, Gina helps others thrive beyond the challenges of chronic illness.

Minimalism is about your life!

What is Minimalism?

Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.

Minimalism helps to:

  • Eliminate discontent
  • Reclaim time
  • Live in the moment
  • Pursue your passions
  • Discover your missions
  • Experience real freedom
  • Create more, consume less
  • Focus on your health
  • Grow as individuals
  • Contribute beyond yourselves
  • Rid yourselves of excess stuff
  • Discover purpose in your life

Minimalism and me

Recently, the Minimalism bug has bit me again. I get these feelings every so often and I must go through my home and get rid of stuff again. Do you ever feel that way?

Do you ever feel that stuff gets in the way of your being able to get things done? Maybe you have certain goals to accomplish, but all you can think about is that pile of laundry that needs to be done or all the dusting that needs to be of all those knick-knacks that you've collected over time.

Maybe you want to take a trip and you're thinking that you could sell some things and use the money towards your trip.

Maybe you have a chronic illness, like me, and it would just be easier to keep the area tidy if you didn't have so much stuff.

I know how you feel!

Source

Cleaning out my closet.

Since I've been diagnosed with lupus, and a host of other illnesses, I have cleaned out my closet on more than one occasion. I basically went through and put all clothes into various piles such as:

  • haven't worn in a year
  • have never worn
  • thought it looked cute at the time
  • Absolutely love and must keep

By the time I was finished, two-thirds of my closet had been given away to various charities.

I am about to embark on a closet-cleaning, and entire house cleaning mission again over the next few days.


Minimalist kitchen example
Minimalist kitchen example
Minimalist living room example
Minimalist living room example

Great book for learning about minimalism, becoming a minimalist and storing.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.

 

What's next?

The kitchen?

  • drawers
  • pantries
  • refrigerator

China cabinet?

  • extra china
  • extra serving bowls
  • extra platters
  • extra tea cups
  • extra dishes
  • extra vases
  • candle holders
  • extra coffee mugs

Each bedroom?

  • extra furniture
  • extra lamps
  • extra pillows

The bathroom?

  • old medicine
  • old makeup
  • old makeup brushes
  • old nail polish
  • extra nail clippers
  • extra curling irons (How many do you really need?)
  • personal care products

Linen closet?

  • extra bath rags
  • extra towels (Two towels per person should suffice.)
  • extra sheets (two sets per bed. One on bed, while the other is being washed.)

Living room?

  • extra furniture
  • extra throw pillows
  • extra candle holders
  • decorative knick-knacks

Laundry room?

  • that expensive laundry soap (Make your own)
  • dryer sheets (Make your own or use dryer balls)

The home library? Yes, I still have one.

  • Get rid of extra books by donating to the local library.
  • Get rid of old magazines.
  • Get rid of old bills, and go paperless.

Clutter interferes with a sense of well-being.

Clutter interferes with a sense of well-being.

Across the country, millions of people are living with a chronic illness, and I am one of those people. I am also a home-schooling mom. I never thought of minimalism as a healing modality, like nutrition or stress management, until I started noticing its effects in my own life.

Yes, eating the right foods,getting enough sleep, using herbs and essential oils have all been crucial in my quest for wellness, but so has eliminating clutter and redefining my priorities. We don’t often think of simplicity as a means to better physical health, but I can tell you from my personal experience they are inextricably linked.

You can drink all the green smoothies you want, but if you’ve got piles of stuff bursting from your closets, and an inbox that is constantly overflowing, you’ll never know what it’s like to experience profound and lasting healing.

Living with intention, clarity, and spaciousness can be more powerful than any drug on the market today, because it calls us to examine what really matters on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.

Clutter interferes with a sense of well-being. Too many possessions and too much furniture can make you feel like a bull in a china shop, especially if you have disabilities or problems with fatigue. You can’t do much about places you visit, but your home is within your own control. You don’t have to be an absolute minimalist, but less truly is more.

5 Days of Minimalism!

Do you know someone who is struggling with a chronic illness? Could minimalism help?

If you or someone you love is struggling with a chronic or complicated diagnosis, here are a few ways minimalism can help create space for healing.

1. More time....to focus on getting well

2. More money.....to spend on self-care

3. More space....to enjoy the freedom from clutter

4. More calm.....to allow your body to heal

5. More meaning.


Have I missed anything?

Could you give more tips about minimalism and how it can help the chronically ill?

Share below in the comments.

© 2016 Gina Welds Hulse

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    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      22 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi Shyron. Yes. Hurricane Matthew visited last Thursday. We just got power back today, actually. We had no damage to the house, and everyone is fine. Just minor damage to the yard...my medicinal bushes, etc., but they will grow back. The community really came together to help each other with the clean-up this past weekend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      22 months ago from Texas

      Oh my Gina, I hope you were not in the hurricane. I will have to read more on minimalist.

      God Bless you my friend.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      22 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Hi Shyron. I understand how you feel. I am so glad that I am a minimalist because this past hurricane really showed me what was important. It made it very easy to pack things up.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      22 months ago from Texas

      A very interesting hub, I can understand how having less clutter in life can be a benefit, but it is still hard to get rid of some things.

      I guess I just have to work on it.

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      Bcab5819 

      22 months ago

      Very good hub. I looked into minimalism a few years ago and I'm glad I did. I do agree that minimalism can address so many health problems and better yet, lead to a more intentional and meaningful life.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile imageAUTHOR

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      2 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      @mchllhwgt That is so true. If it is not helping or is useful...or has a purpose in some way, then get rid of it. I have COPD, lupus and a few other issues, and the minimalist lifestyle is so easy to maintain, and helpful to me healthwise. As I write this I am looking at my bathroom to get rid of extras in there....again.

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      Michelle How 

      2 years ago

      Yes! I'm an asthma sufferer and have found with less stuff comes less dust. Other thzn that I am a minimalism fan. Everything in my home has a purpose and a place even down to my plants -food for my rabbit, goid for wildlife and bees or feeds us. All neatly kept.

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