Are we Squirrels of a Feather?
If you have landed here I’m guessing the answer is ‘yes’.
Hi, my name is Marissa, an ex-hoarder turned minimalist mom.
A frugal, minimalist lifestyle has helped us beat poverty, overcome emotional hoarding, and pay off over $250,000 in debt!
In 2019 we decluttered our entire lives down to 8 suitcases and moved to Europe, where we live happily with less stuff and a lot more money.
Now I help busy moms unclutter THEIR homes and finances so they can be happier, too.
Unclutter your happiness
Modern humans are surrounded by clutter: physical clutter, digital clutter, emotional clutter — and all that clutter is taking its toll on you.
We are literally drowning ourselves in clutter and all the emotional and financial baggage that comes along with it.
Now is your chance to stand up for yourself and your wellbeing and say, no more.
Less stuff means fewer worries.
It means more time for your family and more money in the bank.
When you clear your physical and mental space to make room in your life for things that bring you happiness, you will find that you have more freedom.
- Freedom from guilt and grief.
- Freedom from stress and overwhelm.
- Freedom from fear and anxiety.
- Even financial freedom!
WHAT DO SQUIRRELS OF A FEATHER WANT?
At Squirrels of a Feather, my motto is:
Less stuff + more money = happier together.
Now, having less stuff means fewer worries, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in an empty home with bare walls.
Minimalism means loving yourself and your family enough to make space for what matters to YOU!
A SAD & BROKE HOARDER
I lost my mother when I was nine to cancer. I lost my father when I was twenty to alcohol.
I couldn’t let go of anything; I felt emotionally frozen in the past.
For decades I carried around boxes and boxes of sentimental mementos.
I was an emotional hoarder and stuff addict – unsurprisingly, I also had a hard time making ends meet.
While most of my college friends had parents who would send them money so they could focus on college; I was working anywhere between 1-3 jobs at a time to support myself.
At my poorest, I couldn’t even afford a winter coat or boots for myself.
Despite academic scholarships, working multiple jobs, saving as much as I could, and a little money from my parents’ deaths, I graduated with a master’s degree and $25,000 in student loan debt.
I was worse than a penniless orphan – I was an orphan $25,000 in debt!
I thought I would never be anything but a sad and broke hoarder.
My husband’s story:
If you thought I had a tough life, that’s nothing compared to my husband!
My husband grew up in extreme poverty in rural China.
All seven of his family members lived in a two-bedroom house with stone walls and dirt floors; there was no plumbing, running water, electricity, toilets, or even gas for cooking.
My husband’s family was so poor they could only eat meat 1-2 times per year — it felt like such a treat when he was able to eat a slice or two of pork on holidays!
His family situation started to improve after they immigrated to Germany, where they spent years pinching pennies to overcome their lack of money.
He put himself through college in the US and graduated with his master’s degree, after coming here with no money — pretty impressive, considering he came here speaking no English!
How we overcame it all
Together we have gone from literal poverty, tons of debt, and grief-hoarding to crushing our life and money goals.
Over the years our frugal minimalist lifestyle has helped us save enough money to become fully debt-free.
In fact, we have saved up so well we finally made a longtime dream come true. In 2019 we decided to move to Europe, where we now live a rich, happy, and uncluttered life!
Now I have a passion for helping people in the same position unclutter their happiness as well!
UPDATE SUMMER 2020: We found a house in Germany — we can’t wait to move in!
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Let’s get to work on your goals!
Rather than focusing on what to get rid of, we are going to be focusing on supporting you in your journey to decide what you want to keep as you build a richer and happier life.
I’m not saying it’s going to be easy — but if you allow it to be, it can be a lot of fun.
What is your BIGGEST goal?
Click ONE of the links below to get started chasing your dreams!
- I want to declutter, get organized, or live more minimally!
- I need help with saving money, paying off debt, and want to be wealthy
The best place to chat with me is on Instagram –feel free to reach out at any time!
I love hearing from my squirrel fam. 🙂