Many thanks for all the great feedback, and to all those who chimed in, on the CNN.com article “Living happily with less!” It was a wonderful opportunity to let the world know that minimalism is a valid and fulfilling (can I say amazing?) lifestyle choice.
The winner of the giveaway (chosen via the random number generator at Random.org) is Carol S, who wrote the following Comment:
I can’t agree more with this article. A few years ago my husband and I started downsizing out of necessity. We were self employed, the economy was starting to crumble and we couldn’t live in the large home we had. I remember people used to come over and comment and say “Wow, you have so much stuff”. I really didn’t think we did at the time, looking back now I can’t imagine how much time and effort it took to acquire so many things. We now live in a modest house and don’t have clutter, in fact, I dread clutter and constantly look at items to determine, do I need that, want that, etc. Until you go through something like this I don’t feel people realize – stuff weighs you down. You have to pay more to insure it, worry about it, find room for it, buy houses with rooms devoted to just your stuff. Your stuff controls you. I finally feel free.
Congratulations to Carol, and thanks again to all those who participated; you’re the best group of readers a blogger could ask for!