Are we Squirrels of a Feather?
If you have landed here I’m guessing the answer is ‘yes’.
Hi, my name is Marissa and I would like to welcome you to Squirrels of a Feather, a place where like-minded people can come together to try to find happiness and freedom through practical & creative minimalism.
When most people think of minimalism, they think of white walls, scant furniture, and people tearfully tossing their belongings out in trash bags.
Forget all that!
I’m here to show you minimalism can be fun.
Yes, I said the F-word!
Minimalism is less about getting rid of your Precious Moments figurines than it is about freedom.
Consider clutter that surrounds you, and I’m not just talking about your home!
Modern humans are being constantly bombarded by clutter: physical clutter, digital clutter, emotional clutter — and all that clutter is taking its toll on you.
Now is your chance to stand up for yourself and your wellbeing and say, no more.
Less stuff means fewer worries. It means more free time.
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!
Minimalism can allow you to fully explore what you want to do and be what you want to be.
WHAT DO SQUIRRELS OF A FEATHER WANT?
Minimalism can sometimes feel like a numbers game; reduce your belonging to X amount or you can’t be a minimalist!
In truth, there are many different kinds of minimalism.
Some minimalists own only one bag of clothing and travel the world as nomads and others choose not to own furniture, but there are also normal families quietly living a minimalist lifestyle every day!
Less stuff means fewer worries, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit in an empty home with bare walls.
In summary, we want:
- Less stuff
- More money
- To live happy & free
Finding my own path towards a minimalist lifestyle
When people talk about the struggle to live minimally, I know exactly how they feel.
I have struggled with crushing grief since the age of nine, at which time I lost my mother to cancer.
Then, before I was even out of college, I lost my father to alcoholism.
I couldn’t let go of anything; I felt emotionally frozen in the past.
I was an emotional hoarder and stuff addict.
My finances suffered, too.
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.
From penniless orphan and hoarder to debt-free minimalist
Between several low-level jobs, multiple academic scholarships, and a little life insurance from my parents’ deaths, I made it through graduate school at Big Ten university with $25,000 in debt — still quite a lot of money for a penniless orphan!
I hated being in debt; the thought of owing people money literally made me feel sick.
I decided to really double down on my savings and pay off that debt as soon as possible.
I worked hard and paid off that debt within one year.
As for my emotional hoarding, the big shift came when I met and married my wonderful husband in Chicago, and we decided to start our own family.
After becoming a mother myself, I realized I needed to get serious about dealing with my unresolved grief and emotional hoarding, and finally, finally began decluttering to let go of the past.
Decluttering our home was a cathartic and life-changing experience; I was able to joyfully pass on items that I no longer wanted to people who were ecstatic to receive them.
In fact, I started making $1,200/month from home selling my old unwanted stuff!
Through reducing our belongings, money-saving hacks, and meaningful side hustles, we have been able to squirrel away 50+% of our income every year!
As a byproduct of all that decluttering, reducing, and saving, we found that we had more time, more money, less stress, and much more fun as a family!
In fact, our minimalist efforts were so successful we finally decided to downsize our entire home down to eight suitcases and move overseas to reunite with my husband’s family and are looking to retire in 2-3 years.
Even better — I discovered a passion for simple living that I wanted to share with others! Thus, I started this blog and get to wake up every day excited to help others!
Now 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 happier, healthier, wealthier 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
- I like creative ideas and beautifying my home on a budget
The best place to find me is on Instagram –feel free to reach out at any time! I love hearing from my squirrel fam. 🙂