Hello, Greetings, and Welcome

Hello, greetings, and welcome to my minimalism blog!

My name is JackiAnne and I’ll be your host.

—Of course you’ll be our host…it’s your blog!

Forgive me. That was Betsy, also known as my “inner voice.” She’s also my “inner critic,” “inner editor,” and all sorts of other “inners” that float through my mind. She tends to come out at the most inopportune moments, like when I’m trying to introduce myself to my readers. I’ll do my best to keep her under control.

—Pfft. Yeah, good luck with that.



As I was saying, welcome to my blog. Minimalism is something I’ve been interested in for a long time but never felt I was in a place where I could actively pursue it. Like Betsy, thoughts of minimizing would flit into my mind, only to be pushed aside so I could go back to “business as usual.”

Many of you may have your own version of Betsy. Does any of this sound familiar?

“Where did all this stuff come from?”

“Where does this go and why isn’t it there?”

“What am I supposed to do with all this?”

“Huh…I didn’t know this was here. When did I get this?”

“This place is a mess.”

“There’s just too much stuff in this house.”

That last one took on a life of its own earlier this year when my world underwent a drastic change.

Several years ago, due to my financial difficulties, I moved in with my mother. I thought it would be for a year or two, then I would find an apartment and move out. But Mom and I were comfortable with each other, and the living situation worked for us both. Next thing I knew, one year stretched into two, then four, then…you get the picture. I decided to stay with Mom until, well, until. That final “until” occurred in February.

Now I’m living alone, except for the cats, with a house filled with my and my mother’s things. Most of my things are in bins in the basement while Mom’s things are all over the house. And because I lived with her, guess who has the primary responsibility of going through and clearing out her things? Me.


And Betsy.

So this blog is going to be about my exploration of minimalism and my journey toward becoming a minimalist. I will share as I pare down my possessions and dispatch my mother’s. I will share the steps I’ll be taking, the insights I’ll learn, and the tips I develop as I go, as well as advice and information I glean from other sources. I’ll include reviews of books and websites that I investigate. And we’ll see what else I feel like posting as we go on.

I know I’m like a minnow in a sea full of sharks and you’re wondering what can one more minimalism blogger contribute to the wealth of bloggers already out there. I’m wondering that, too.

Let’s find out together.

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