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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I guess voluntary minimalism is cool while involuntary minimalism(usually called poverty!) is less so.

    1. I’ve lived through both of those, third world life and all. I lived on $200 per month from 2006 to 2008. I can say the good thing about third world poverty is how good it makes me with money now. I don’t need nearly as much as most Americans do to get by and save, which makes my voluntary minimalism pretty easy. I can also say, there were less distractions in the form of luxuries (cable, smartphone plans, internet etc), and I got a lot more intellectual-type work done ie writing and schoolwork. Always a silver lining! 😂

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I don’t think I ever recovered enough from involuntary minimalism to ever fully get caught up in typical American consumerism.

      2. I find that most people seem to over-compensate for once not having all they wanted or needed by overspending and hoarding stuff when they’re in a better place, financially. So kudos to you for not falling into that trap.

      3. Elizabeth says:

        I have seen that, too. Perhaps because my parents were wealthy and miserable, possessions never got a grip on me when I became self-supporting.

      4. That’s probably true. For me, it was realising that the less things I had the more freedom I had to move around and explore. The more things I had, the more I felt I should be at home using them, which as you know, never happened. We buy so many things and they just sit there after 2 weeks. Waste of money.

  2. Yes, yes, and more yes. I came to realize that keeping up with the Joneses was exhausting, and I enjoy my simpler life today far more than I ever enjoyed cleaning that DVD collection and all that😊

    1. I’ve tried to explain to millennials I know here how keeping up with the Joneses actually sets them back, but they don’t seem to get it. They would rather pay city rent, fall behind on student loans, and eat out every day. Good for them lol.

      Glad you and I know that won’t bring happiness for long.

  3. lucindablogs says:

    I totally agree that you don’t need all the latest stuff to make you happy, but as a collector of antiques I can’t get behind the idea that you should periodically throw all of your belongings away. I think the best thing to do is to buy good quality stuff that you actually need and that will last you. I love buying secondhand and repurposing older items to create a unique look ☺

    1. The ability to travel and relocate is often hindered by our attachment to physical things. I find that when we think of having to give up our belongings, or do without new ones to save for travel, that’s what stops us from leaving more than anything else. I don’t ever want to be in that position again, where it’s the thought of parting with my things that keeps me in a place when there are better opportunities. That’s why I advocate for periodically decluttering and parting with our things.

      Once I said to hell with them and started tossing things out, the shackles were gone. For years I could have moved to the US, and could have travelled more, and I didn’t do it until then.

      I renovated my home from scratch and chose every last detail, so it’s as unique as it gets. But if another great opportunity popped up that meant reducing my life to three suitcases again, there is nothing I own that would stop me. We won’t count the cat because technically he owns me, and is not a “thing” 😂

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