Minimalist Living FAQ

minimalist livingHere’s where we try to answer any questions you may have about minimalist living. We’ll also use the page as a blog roll of sorts, to highlight other minimalists and their approach to this less is more lifestyle.

Our hope is that by giving you a better understanding of what it’s all about you’ll feel inspired to try it out for yourself.

It’s a work in progress though, so be sure to check back from time to time to see what juicy new nuggets of insight we’ve added.

What About My Books? 

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The thing about books is that the savouring is in the reading. The story will remain with you long after you’ve turned the last page. So knowing that, what’s the point of hanging onto a book you enjoyed but in all likelihood won’t ever read again? Why not spread the love? Donate your books to your local library or old age home.

If appropriate of course, the biddies might not appreciate 50 Shades of Gray. 😉 

We have a three-pronged approach to reading. For those lazy Sunday afternoons on the couch we take books out at library. We buy self-improvement books on our Kindle, because those we invariably revisit.

Finally, if we find there’s a new novel we desperately want to read we’ll buy the book and then give it away (we hardly ever do this though, but it’s nice knowing we have the option).

Read: how giving away 1000 books got James Ball reading again.
Read: our take on the book debate.

What About the Sentimental Stuff?

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Memories reside inside of us, not in the things we own. One of my favourite ways to remember my Mom is to stop whenever I see a bakery. She had a sweet tooth and a fondness for cream cakes and doughnuts. Staring at the display and guessing which ones she’d have chosen always makes me smile.

Read: our tips for dealing with sentimental clutter.
Read: is downsizing photographs even an option?

Do I Have to Sell Everything?

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No, absolutely not! Just ditch the stuff that doesn’t add value to your life.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. —William Morris

Is Minimalism Possible With Kids?

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There are lots of families out there living this lifestyle. And no, their offspring aren’t dreadlocked and barefoot (not all of them, anyway). Most of these folks live regular lives with jobs and houses and cars , they just don’t buy for buying’s sake. They’re mindful people raising mindful kids.

The Art of Simple by Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh recently returned home after travelling around the world with her husband and three kids (all under age 10) for a year. Her post: 3 questions I ask myself before buying something is an excellent read for recovering shopaholics.

Here we talk about the why behind living simply, because it’s all well and good to want to get rid of your stuff, but if you don’t have your reasons for doing it, there’s a good chance you’ll get discouraged, unmotivated, judge-y, or slightly nuts. We define “simple living” this way: living holistically with your life’s purpose.

Becoming Minimalist by Joshua Becker

Joshua and his family embarked on their minimalist journey after a conversation he had with his neighbour. He and his wife are doing a superb job of raising mindful kids.

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us. The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.

Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

Leo is married with six kids, which is kind of the antithesis of a minimalist lifestyle, but clearly it works for him. His journey along this path kicked off when he quit smoking in 2005. He’s achieved a phenomenal amount since then, making him the poster boy for the “If he can do it, anyone can!” mindset.

These days we have an abundance of luxuries, but I’ve found that excess actually decreases my enjoyment of life. I’ve been finding that simplifying things means I can savor life more fully.

Books, Blog Posts, Courses and Whatnot

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We’ve put together a list of books, blog posts and courses that speak to the how of living a simpler life. They cover a range of topics here, because minimalism isn’t not just about owning less stuff.

Get Uncluttered (and Discover the Life You Actually Want) | Mostly Mindful

Are you completely overwhelmed by your stuff? Has the stuff in your house got a life of its own? If you want to get uncluttered in 2019 (and beyond), keep readin’!

25 Lessons When You’re Ready for a Simpler Life | Marc & Angel Hack Life

Simplicity is ultimately a product of focusing on what matters. Identify what’s most important to you. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else.

Parenting Spoiled Kids | Julie Suratt

We’re lavishing our kids with unwarranted praise, trying to be their BFFs instead of their parents, and giving them anything they ask for. Where have we gone wrong?

Do Fewer Things, More Often | Allison Stadd

Do less. And do the things that you ARE doing better and with higher quality. Have a shorter to-do list with more things that are in the “done” category.

20 Questions for a Minimalist | Joshua Fields Millburn

The answer to question three is especially helpful for those of you just embarking on this journey. I found the idea of a packing party particularly ingenious.

Ang & Sporty at Bootleggers

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