Often, we tie memories and experiences in our lives to the things we had during those times. A ticket stub reminds us of our first date with a significant other, maybe an old clothing item that we’ve had since high school. We can have deep emotional connections with the things around us, even if we don’t see them every day. It could be in a junk drawer, or in a box in the basement. It doesn’t matter where it exists, it just matters that when we find it, we feel all the feelings and live that moment again. [Read more…] about Preserving Our Memories in Things
Well, it’s about eight months in to our minimalist journey and I’m still calming the desire for more things almost every day.
There’s the Canon 70D camera body with the EF-S 10-22mm wide-angle lens that Casey Neistat uses for his daily vlogs. The Zig Zagger skateboard that a friend recommended to me a few weeks ago (even though I have no idea how to skateboard yet). Unfortunately, those are just the ones that came to mind and while I could go on, I’ll spare you the list. It seems that finding things to want still comes quite naturally to me.
I can usually justify things to myself, too. [Read more…] about Calming The Desire For More
“So, do you even have any furniture in your living room anymore?”
Yes – we have furniture because we truly enjoy not having to sitting on the floor all day. I am often asked similar questions from friends and strangers alike when I discuss minimalism with them.
When we talk about minimalism as an idea, many people have vastly different concepts about what it means and that’s perfectly fine. [Read more…] about 6 Things Real Minimalists Always Do
It’s easy to imagine what is gained when we buy.
If we’re not holding it in our hands as we leave the store, it will most certainly be sitting on the doorstep within two days. Even the intangible aspects aren’t difficult to fathom. We’re told from every direction about the amazing ways our lives will improve, if only we had this one thing.
A rush of dopamine flows into the brain just as quickly as the money flows out of our bank account. A brief feeling of accomplishment occurs (read more about the false first step). Then, a moment of bliss, because we’ve been told that this is the purchase that will get us closer to being the person we want to be.
On the little white tag, there’s a listed price. But is that the only price we’re paying?
It was late in 2013 that the Amazon realization happened. After pulling four years of purchase history on the online shopping website, it hit me like a ton of brown UPS boxes. I had been spending my hard-earned money on one-click solutions to largely made-up problems. While that realization began the process of reducing my online purchase consumption, it didn’t all come together until the end of 2014 – here’s why. [Read more…] about SimpleREV: The Event That Changed Everything
We all know that feeling.
Looking around the house for ways to make things less cluttered and identify areas that can be tidied up. More often than not, we find a few things here and there that can go into the donation pile but it doesn’t always make a large impact.
Seeing positive results from getting rid of things is always satisfying, but how can we expedite the process to be more impactful and see results sooner? Sometimes it just comes down to forcing ourselves to deal with the stuff immediately.