Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo Da Vinci
Many people equate minimalism or voluntary simplicity with austerity or deprivation.
They picture minimalism as cold hard days with the most basic of meals and a home that echos with emptiness- instead of seeing what remains they see what is no longer there. Minimalism or living with less sounds like a grueling diet one should avoid.
For my family simplicity has actually brought us more luxury.
We have less but what we do have, both in our home and in our life, is better. More resources like time, energy, space and yes, even money. Donation requests from friends are always answered. Weekends are unhurried affairs with lots of time to wander and explore for our kids and for at least one parent to sleep-in an extra hour or two. Dinner is never rushed. When our second child arrived there was already an empty drawer, or four, for his tiny clothes. Simplicity has allowed us more luxuries.
Yes, even some of our ‘things’ are more luxurious too. We’ll spend a bit more on shoes so they last longer and can be repaired rather than replaced. With casual and emotional shopping not eating up our budget we can splurge on organic produce and some out of season treats. It’s not all gruel and deprivation – I promise!
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