next week, i close on a home that i paid cash for. it’s small. it needs work. it’s older than me by a decade. but it won’t belong to a bank or a landlord. it is fully and completely mine.
and the funny thing was, there were several unexpected people who had a problem with this. Continue reading
growing up, my grandmother always had a saying that has stuck with me: use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.
this was a pretty common axiom for her generation, they of the great depression years, but it still rings true today in our uncertain economy and in the pursuit of minimalism. Continue reading
i’m going to tell you a secret: that “someday” you’re always talking about? might never get here. so let it go. Continue reading
even minimalists need to buy stuff sometimes. here’s how to do it responsibly and…well, minimally. Continue reading
i come from a family that tends not to have many children.
a few weeks ago, i was talking with a friend of mine when minimalism came up. she knew that i have been going the minimalist route for the past six months or so, and asked me why i would want to do that. i explained my reasons – less stuff means i have less clutter, less to clean, less to buy and maintain – and she responded, “but minimalism is only for rich people, and you’re not rich.”
all right, let’s break this down.
millions of people in the u.s. live in hurricane prone areas, and i am one of them. no sane minimalist will ever say that you should put your life in danger in regards to how you prepare for disasters simply for the sake of minimalism, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be smart about it.
first post and a background to this blog
most people will tell you that they are pursuing a minimalist lifestyle in order to simplify, slow down, declutter, and in general, not letting stuff – or the pursuit of it – get in the way of living their lives. these are all profoundly good reasons to move towards minimalism, and i certainly identify with all of those things and more.
but there’s another reason, too.