Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details. (Note: the schedule is now full through January — but if you don’t mind waiting, feel free to send me your submission!)
This week, we have a wonderful submission from WellHeeledBlog. She explains that for her, minimalism is not about placing arbitrary limits on her things, but rather being mindful of what she owns and the choices she makes.
As a personal finance blogger, I am often searching for ways to make my money work for me. That’s how I discovered minimalist blogs – minimalism and saving money often seem to go together – after all, the fewer things you buy, the less money you spend. I have a fairly clear idea of what my relationship is with money. After reading a string of minimalist blogs (Miss Minimalist, for example!), I was inspired to think about what type of relationship I want to have with “stuff.”
I, for one, take no particular pleasure in joining the 100 Things Club, although I do hold the highest admiration for people who can whittle their possessions down to the double digits. In looking around my apartment – in my closet, on my desk, and inside my makeup box, I realized that what I want isn’t an arbitrarily small number of belongings. Instead, I want each and every piece of my possessions to be useful and appreciated. I don’t want the mindless accumulation of stuff just for stuff’s sake.
We go through life with limited resources (limits in financial resources for most of us, and limits in time for all of us). The choice to spend our time, money, and energy on one thing usually means that we must forgo something else. In pursuing a more streamlined and purposeful lifestyle, I hope to carve out room in both my budget and my time to spend on experiences and yes, even things, that bring me the most joy.