Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Extreme Minimalism

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
Happiness (237)      Attitude (155)      Control (58)      Letting Go (22)      Declutter (20)      Freedom (18)     


Empty Room with Open Door
Image credit Master Isolated Images / Freedigitalphotos.net


I read an article some time back about a young man who had pared his belongings down to just fifteen things. Everything that he owned fitted neatly into a regular-sized backpack, including his clothing and shoes. He said that he had never felt so free. He spent his life travelling and blogging.



Empty Room with Open Door
Image credit Imagerymajestic / Freedigitalphotos.net


This got me thinking about everything that I own. I have often referred to myself as a minimalist because I own only basic furniture and very few knick-knacks. I also own very few appliances and gadgets, but I certainly have many more than fifteen items.

After thinking about it for a while and taking a wander around my house, I've come up with a list of fifteen possessions that I couldn't – or wouldn't - live without, (not counting the roof over my head or my dog, who is more of a companion than a possession.) This is a good exercise for us all to do.



Empty Room with Open Door
Image credit David Castillo Dominici / Freedigitalphotos.net


Here’s my list:

1. Bed
2. Quilt
3. Car
4. Laptop
5. Phone
6. ATM Card
7. Glasses
8. Toothbrush
9. Soap
10. Towel
11. Jeans
12. T-Shirt
13. Shoes
14. Knickers
15. Jacket




Empty Room with Open Door
Image credit Stockimages / Freedigitalphotos.net


Of course, this list is somewhat unrealistic given that I would be rattling around in an almost empty house and my family would think I've gone completely mad. I also have to meet a certain dress code in my job so I need to own more clothing than that. It would also mean that I would be spending a lot more money on things like eating out or take-away. Add to that some basic comforts like deodorant, hair-brush, make-up, a washing machine, an iron – and the list gets bigger and bigger.

A quick count of my bookshelves reveals that I own about three hundred books and I don’t think I’d want to part with any of them, or my hundred or so CD’s, or any of the gifts that family and friends have given me over the years.



Pile of Books
Image credit Surachai / Freedigitalphotos.net


Minimalism isn't about fanatical purging of our possessions, or about depriving ourselves of pleasurable things. OK, I admit that I own a lot of books, but I treasure every one of them. They’re not hidden in boxes under the bed or stored in the garage. They’re proudly displayed in my living room as part of the décor.



Pile of Books
Image credit Phiseksit / Freedigitalphotos.net


Minimalism means only owning things that you need or love, and about treating those things with the respect they deserve. If there comes a time when you feel that your possessions are becoming a burden, then maybe a little purging is needed, but the key here is knowing where to draw the line.


# Happiness
# Attitude
# Control
# Freedom
# Letting Go
# Declutter
I like this Article - 5
More Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
In a previous post about I talked about some of the challenges I face as an introvert
260 views
When we’re considering a move to a new town or suburb, or even to a new job, there are lots of t...
115 views
In I talked about taking photographs to record the moments of your life, but now I’d like to go...
166 views
There are plenty of good reasons to own a pet, and many different types of pets
220 views
We all have possessions, some more important to us than others
303 views
Do you find yourself apologising for being less than perfect? Do you worry that you are not mea...
503 views
view all articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo)
Articles by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) on Other Hubs
ID: 24867
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
One day you are off to work in a busy office as you have been doing for the past five years or lon...
213 views
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
12559 views
To attain any form of abundance in your life, you must feel good as much as possible
2326 views
Decluttering is generally considered a 'good' thing these days
488 views
Many of us fear to speak our mind because we care about what others might think of us or say abo...
6710 views
Understanding the way other people think and feel is a challenge, especially when their ideas an...
1888 views
Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you s...
4418 views
I love a bargain
169 views
Are you missing something in your life and you don’t know what you want? Are you lost and unsure...
1898 views
Many people carry with them**%% misconceptions%%** about painful or negative emotions
299 views
Categories
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version