Black Minimalists: Deedra Boodram

The Black Minimalists series features people of color on their simple living journeys.

When and why did you start your minimalist journey?

I began my minimalist journey October of 2014. At that time, I was frustrated with all the stuff in my home. It seemed like no matter how much I cleaned and organized my family's belongings, within a few days my house would end up in it's previous untidy, cluttered state. It made me feel so bogged down and unhappy.

Additionally, I had a lot of obligations taking up my time. This included appointments, rehearsals, practices, play dates, school, work, home management, the list goes on. It was just too much! Then one faithful day I ran across an article about minimalism and simple living and it spoke to me. I decided I would give minimalism a try in every area of my life and I have never looked back! It changed my life!

What lessons have you learned since going minimalist?

Gosh! I have learned so much! First and foremost I learned that no two minimalist journeys will be the same. What is minimalistic for me may not seem minimalistic for someone else. I had to define minimalism for myself to fit my life.

Secondly I discovered that materialism often times stems from trying to keep up with the Joneses and trying to impress people that really do not matter. I had to learn to be more intentional with my purchases.

I have also learned that minimalism is a way of life. Anything other than a lifestyle change is just decluttering. The less stuff that I own the less time I have to maintain it. For example cleaning, organizing, etc. I have definitely learned the art of contentment while on this journey.

What are you goals in living simply?

My goal is to live a stress free life, void of clutter and excess so that I am able to spend time with the people that I love, doing the things that I most enjoy doing! I strive to live as simply as possible.

Has minimalism impacted other areas of your life?

Absolutely! My Debt Free journey was birthed from my Minimalist journey.  In my opinion it is actually more economical to be a minimalist. I am more intentional with my purchases and I do not spend money on unnecessary stuff.

I am able to save money. That money can be used to pay off debt, build wealth, travel or to bless others. Not only do I strive to have minimal material possessions, but minimal financial and social obligations as well. All of this yields minimal stress.

What if any surprises or challenges have you encountered?

My challenge has been getting rid of books. There are electronic versions of most books but there is nothing like holding a book in your hand and flipping through pages. I have donated most of my books but I still have a few books that I have not been able to part with.

What mindset changes have you experienced?

I no longer try to keep up with the Joneses. I now own my possessions. I do not let my possessions own me. Everything that I have and that I do has to serve a purpose or must bring me joy. I make more time for the more important things in life. I am now more focused on intentionally making memories and experiencing life on a grander level.

What advice do you have for someone interested in simplifying her life?

Strive for joy, not perfection. Ask yourself, "In my world, what does it mean to be a minimalist and to live a simple life?" This may require some introspection. Get inspiration from books and blogs centered around minimalism and simple living.

You can also follow the journey of  YouTubers on a similar journey. This should give you a good starting point and some good tips for beginning your own journey. Please keep in mind that no two journeys will be the same.

Where can we learn more about you?

You can find me on:

YouTube: http://youtube.com/deedraboodram

Periscope: drboodram

Twitter: http://twitter.com/deedraboodram

Instagram: http://instagram.com/drboodram

Anything you would like to add?

Minimalism is a lifestyle change which affects every area of your life not only your material possessions but your finances, personal, and family life as well.

Learn about other Black Minimalists.

Photos courtesy of Deedra Boodram.