Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things

    Yes, I have been intrigued by the whole minimalism/enoughism/clutter-clearingism ideas for years.

    No, you’d ever know if you saw how much I am forever lugging around.

    Still, I remain everhopeful!!! *smiles

    Recently watched Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.

    Buying things Joshua Fields Millburn observed “Many things I bought to make me happy weren’t actually doing their job.” He further noted it’s best to “Love people and use things (because the opposite never works).”

    Not sure who said “We don’t want more goodies, toys or cars. We want what they will bring us. We want to feel whole. We want to feel content.” It was either Rick Hanson, PhD Neuro-psychologist or Colin Wright, Entrepreneur/Full-time Traveler. My analogy is when you don’t eat what you’re craving, you usually wind up eats lots & lots & lots. In the end, you still crave what you wanted … but now have a really bad belly ache.

    When it comes to stuff, President Jimmy Carter observed, “Owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning.”

    As for an Egads & Yikes!, I was horrified to learn “In 1983, companies spent $100 million marketing to children. In 2006, companies spent $17 billion.”

    There are personal challenges (or ideas) which catch the imagination of others. Such was the case of Project 333 –. a fashion challenge to dress with 33 items or less for three months. If interested (including what’s acceptable to exclude from the 33-item count), check out the site.

    The Tiny House Movement is credited to have begun with Sarah Susanka when she published The Not So Big House in 1997. As for the tiny houses on wheels, their popularity is credited to Jay Shafer who founded Tumbleweed Tiny House Company after designing, building and living in his own 96-square foot house.

    Where the Less is More concept leads, I know not. Since this path intrigues me, I’m sure I’ll visit it again.

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    Sheila I Bergquist - February 23, 2017 - 4:00 am

    I love the idea of getting rid of things and having less. My problem is that I get emotionally attached to the things I have. I may not care for certain object but my mother loved it and since her passing I can’t possibly get rid of it. Or I’ve had something for so long, it feels like part of the family, so to speak, and I can’t just toss it away. Weird, but I am an empath, so maybe that has something to do with it…I don’t know.

    Patti Hall - February 23, 2017 - 11:30 pm

    Small world! (Holding my stomach laughing out loud) I’m watching the tiny house summit and live pretty small myself.Well, except my friend’s back room in his garage that is full of MY plastic totes.
    One thing I have not seen or heard people talk about when de-cluttering is to take photos or videos of sentimental things and tell the story of special objects before passing them on to their next owner or even tossing them out.
    My late sister taught me this about my raggedy tennis shoes I could not part with because they had paint stains on them, which reminded me of me and my late husband remodeling our bedroom. We had a big ceremony and she took photos with me wearing the shoes, then out they went! She even got me some styling new shoes.
    Sorry so long. Hugs!
    Patti

    Sheila Bergquist - February 24, 2017 - 2:39 am

    Patti, that’s a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

    Tana Bevan - February 24, 2017 - 8:35 am

    Sheila, Mulling over your comment about the emotional attachment to things as memory triggers, I remembered reading about the photo solution from a woman writing about downsizing to life in an RV. Then before I could get back to you, Patti shared a marvelous first-hand experience. Exciting to think there may be a solution and have it confirmed by another’s experience!

    Tana Bevan - February 24, 2017 - 8:41 am

    Patti, Not too long … simply perfect. As I replied to Sheila, I remembered reading about the photo solution to sentimental objects. (Not the storytelling behind them which is a STUPENDOUS idea to include.) Reading your first-hand account (Raggedy tennis shoes) was a delight. Thank you for sharing! Btw, what got you interested in the tiny house movement?