I’m pulling some popular posts from my archives this week and I have a new post up at Life Your Way: Why Simple Is So Much Work.
This post caused quite a splash when it was first published in November of 2010. A few radical minimalist writers took exception to it and there was a good debate in the comments section. You can read the original post here. Note: I have edited this post from its original version
A few weeks ago I met up with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. As we hugged and greeted and caught up the subject of this little blog came up. A friend asked for more information and another friend replied, ‘she’s getting rid of everything she owns.’ I laughed it off.
We’re taking our last load of items for donation today. Last load for a while anyways. When I look around I like what I see and what I see is not a bare home. Lots of DVDs on the shelf still after selling about a third of our collection. A small book collection, mostly Chris’s. Framed wedding photos, a few of me in my athlete days, a couple of us traveling in France and Italy. Two, instead of four, wine crates with about 20 bottles of B.C. wine. A china cabinet, couch, love seat, ottoman, side table. A few lamps. We’re still sitting at a table for dinner. I haven’t gone so far as to say all meals will be eaten on the floor.
For the hardcore I’m not minimalist, I’ve just cleaned house. I’m fine with that. The living with 100 things movement is interesting, shocking and news worthy. The deciding to live a life with a lot less stuff isn’t nearly as sexy or easy to define. But I would argue my version of minimalism, minimalism for the masses, is much more accessible, attainable and has the possibility of changing a lot more of lives.
We’re not all going to sell our possessions and live in South America out of a backpack while earning a small income from an online business. That is a great dream for some but the reality is that most First Worlders won’t do that. They don’t want to.
Location independence and living with just 100 things isn’t for everyone.
For the rest of us living with less needs to be more attainable, accessible and understandable. The leap of logic from two cars, a 2500 sq ft home and loads of stuff to leaving it all behind is a huge one. Too huge for most people.
If you want to change the world advocate for change that everyone can get behind.
Instead of encouraging 10,000 people to live with 95% less why not encourage 300 million people to live with 20% less. Show the masses that with more thought at the register, less shopping as a hobby, more time with family, fewer rooms to clean and upkeep and collect clutter in a smaller home, they can all live a better life.
A more engaged life.
A life with less stress, debt, fast food and waste.
A better life through small change.