Category Archives: Minimalism

Living intentionally with less.

What is valuable?

Sometimes it’s tough to assign value to things, sometimes it’s blindingly easy.  The trouble is when someone else assigns value to things for you.  At the heart of minimalism is a shift in values.  As a minimalist, I reject the … Continue reading

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Consumer-mas is coming

Soon it will be the time of year when ad copy trumps family tradition and worry about what gifts to buy drowns out the joy of giving those gifts.  Since Christmas is only 3 months away, I decided to write my … Continue reading

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First World Problems

Your story brings to mind a letter from C.S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves. In that 1917 letter, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Nobody who gets enough food and clothing in a world where most are hungry and cold has any business to … Continue reading

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A few benefits of minimalism

As my wife and I reduce our possessions, we have realized several benefits.  I mentioned in an earlier post that we are both working to cut our personal possessions to 100 things or less.  It’s our family’s version of the … Continue reading

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What can I live without?

Try finding this question in any ad copy anywhere, “What can I live without?”  If you do, please email it to me and I’ll feature it in the blog.  As a trained consumer, it’s a question I would never ask.  As … Continue reading

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Conflicted Minimalist?

Every day I am bombarded with advertising.  It tickles the trained consumer in me to buy the newer, bigger, faster, better, something-er product when I have a completely serviceable item already at home.  The fight for minimalism is a daily … Continue reading

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The Things You Own

“The things you own end up owning you.” Tyler Durden had it right.  In a culture that emphasizes accumulation, it’s easy to bury yourself in debt and stuff you don’t really want.  Recently, due in large part to Dave Bruno … Continue reading

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