5 Rewards of Being Minimalist

Some folks just don’t get it.

The Minimalists Next Door

itty bitty houseOur weekly staff meeting was about to start but the chatter had yet to die down. The topic – tiny houses. “I can’t even turn on HGTV anymore on Fridays,” Kathy said. “It’s all tiny houses and I just don’t get it.” I smiled to myself, that smile of knowing oh-so-well just what Kathy didn’t get. Living in a tiny home is an exercise in minimalism and minimalism is a hard concept for a lot of folks to grasp. It is after all, the antithesis of the American Dream. Instead of bigger and more, you have to embrace smaller and less. To confirm my thoughts, Kathy added in an exasperated voice (as if the mere thought of tiny houses might drive her to drink), “Just where would I put all my stuff?”

Tiny house or no tiny house, minimalism is not without its own rewards. We’ve found that being a minimalist has given us:

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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10 Responses to 5 Rewards of Being Minimalist

  1. It looks like that Kathy has not had to move much. For those that want to keep options open a THOWs or RV resolves that issue. Sounds like you are on the path: there needs to be a movement in Zoning departments and govt. agencies to make room for alternate housing. Since the only housing that is readily available through banks and housing programs are McMansions, it leaves a real gap full of homeless, that could otherwise have their own little alternative dwelling. Of course maybe some just like to struggle to pay a huge 30 year ball and chain or maybe they like to spend the entire weekend on cleaning and maintenance They need to abandon the large size requirements and have more allowances for parking the ones on wheels. Of course that would mean we would not have to keep tearing out natural lands to build more housing, so we would have to put up with more natural land.

  2. New Journey says:

    Some people will never get it…its to much for them think of being without….sad, I have come to love the fact that I can live without, less is best attitude has certainly made me feel free from being restricted to conforming with society….buy more, buy bigger, Smith VS Jones syndrome….I personally have never cared what my neighbor had….or anyone else as far as that goes…good post Billy….I can’t wait to get back to our home and go through the stuff that is left….I read your other post…and there is no better feeling than being with your spouse…I too feel a sense of peacefulness when we are together…just to know he’s near makes my blood pressure go down…no better way to put it….its nice when you find that special person whom gets you!!! good post on money, from hand to vendor….so hard to let it go…..good thoughts…..happy Sunday to you and Sharon….kat

  3. Living in an RV for a couple years will definitely whittle down stuff you can do without. What you do need: few kitchen items, tools, linens, and clothes–and for the hubby–a TV. For me it was my computer. Thank heaven you can get TV and the internet over the airwaves!

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