Winner of The Huffington Post Book Giveaway #2

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on my latest Huffington Post article!

What a wonderful discussion in the Comments on what furniture we can (and can’t) live without… I hope it provides inspiration to those just discovering minimalism, as well as those who need a little jump start to their decluttering.

The winner of the giveaway (chosen via the random number generator at is mountainhome, who wrote the following Comment:

I’m 60 with knees and hips that need to be replaced as well as a bad back from numerous on-the-job injuries, so I need more furniture than you do. I absolutely can’t use the floor for seating and I need to be able to put my feet up because of my back.
I’ve read before that end tables aren’t needed, but I need them for a lamp, a book, and a cup of tea. I can’t put those things on the floor – I’ve tried, and it doesn’t work for me. The same goes for bedside tables. I use those folding tv tables for these, and I only keep the lamp on it permanently. Everything else gets cleared off when I get up.
Also, even though I agree with you about the electronic books, I’m on a fixed (very small) income and can’t afford to purchase all the must-have books that I already have. I use the library constantly, so I don’t make any new purchases.
I do agree about the entertainment center since I also don’t have a tv. I use my computer to play dvds for my grandson instead.

Congratulations to mountainhome, and thank you again to all who participated. Look for more Huffington Post giveaways in the future!

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3 comments to Winner of The Huffington Post Book Giveaway #2

  • Mims

    I know the commenter is chosen via a random number generator, but this was one of the comments that I really think demonstrate the “gentler” minimalism that you have talked about, the one that is about clearing the clutter in order to make space for the things that give you joy. It truly reminds us that there is not one kind of minimalism, there are many and they are all all right. I was actually so disheartened by some of the comments that I stopped reading, they seemed to take your list, or even the concept of minimalism, as an insult. Or where they just trolls, I wonder?

    As for your list, when I read it, it suddenly struck me that I haven’t had a dresser since I left home. I do now, but that is because I needed somewhere to put my scanner/printer, electronics and office supply and as I couldn’t afford to buy anything new, I had to do with wath the thrift store had to offer. Incidentally, as I have a combined bedroom/office, the dresser surface and top drawer also serves as a night stand.

  • Tina

    About 40 years ago, I bought a small chest of drawers at a garage sale. It’s been a baby changing table, a child’s dresser and for many years, my dresser. I have a big, antique cupboard filled with my arts and crafts materials. I just decluttered some more and found another bag to give away. When I get the big cupboard cleared out, I’ll get rid of the little dresser. I have another bag for Goodwill almost full. I try to do a bag a week. That’s not counting the 2 bags of garbage and the recycling I got rid of today. I keep finding things I didn’t know I had.

  • Tina

    I bought some plastic wash baskets so I could use some shelves as drawers. As I keep cleaning and sorting, I find more and more things I don’t need. For some reason, my husband is now finding things to give away which I think is great. I’m trying to sort by asking myself if I have used the item in the past year and if not, out it goes. I also try to use half as much of most things like detergent and fabric softener so things last a really long time. A 2 oz bottle of shampoo has lasted a month. I keep refilling it from a larger bottle which has lasted almost 2 years.

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