Real Life Minimalists: Frangipani Bloomfields

This week, Frangipani Bloomfields celebrates her simple lifestyle with us—rightly noting that we don’t have to count possessions to call ourselves minimalists. Frangipani Bloomfields writes:

It has only recently dawned upon me that I am a minimalist. I have been reading Miss Minimalist for quite some time now and while I have thoroughly enjoyed the posts by other real life minimalists I have always thought I stood just outside the box…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Wild Poppy

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Today we have an update from Wild Poppy, who was featured in this series a year ago. She explains how a recent experience hosting some friends gave her new insight into her minimalist lifestyle. Wild Poppy writes:

I enjoy my minimalist aspirations. I’m sure we all do. This however has an impact on how others view us. Take for example a recent encounter with my fridge. I had a couple of friends come to stay for a few days. Prior to their arrival we emailed and messaged and I made preparations for their visit…

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Real Life Minimalists: Sandra


This week, Sandra tells us how she pared down after the birth of her son, and found her true calling in her newfound space. Sandra writes:

Hello! My name is Sandra and I live in Spain with my partner and my five year old son. I have read all kind of stories in this Real Life Minimalists’ section so I know I am nothing out of the ordinary. I lived in a mess of stuff almost all my life, accumulating “useful crap” since my childhood…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Regina


Today, Regina tells us how minimalism has shaped her daily life and routine since she was featured last year. (I love hearing about the progress our Real Life Minimalists have made!) Regina writes:

So what is a minimalist life like? Is it any different from the life of one who is not? I guess the answer is yes and no. Being a minimalist does not exempt one from the ups and downs of daily life…

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Real Life Minimalists: Claire


This week, I’m happy to feature Claire, who just radiates the joy of minimalism! Be sure to visit her blog to read more of her writing. Claire writes:

I think I always had a minimalist streak in me, but it took a while to come out, as I grew up in a family of buyers and hoarders! I remember the first time I realized I was a minimalist: I moved to Canada from the UK, and I took one suitcase with me…

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Real Life Minimalists: Clara

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Today, Clara reminds us to deal with our clutter now, rather than making our heirs clean it up later. Simple living makes for a more serene life and legacy. Clara writes:

Two years ago, a very close friend passed away. He had no family, so it fell to me to empty his house, garage and shed. It was a monumental task. This dear person loved life, loved people, and lived life fully…

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Real Life Minimalists: Laura Beth

Laura Beth

This week, I’m pleased to feature Laura Beth, who explains how having fewer possessions brought freedom and financial stability to her life. Laura Beth writes:

Five years ago, I was a discontented divorced empty-nester, suddenly alone for the first time in decades. My life had been turned upside down, my finances were in disarray, and I was completely alone. I knew that I needed to make a change but I didn’t know how…

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Real Life Minimalists: Liddy

Today, Liddy tells us how moving to a small village in France has inspired her family to pursue a simpler, more serene lifestyle. Liddy writes:

We are an Australian/Belgian family recently relocated to a sleepy fishing village in France via Italy and England. We are living in a holiday house long term that is fully furnished and so all of our things are in permanent storage…

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Real Life Minimalists: Candace


This week, I’m happy to feature this wonderful contribution from Candace. She shares her perspective as a minimalist and single parent, and invites you to read more of her story on her blog. Candace writes:

I suppose I have been a minimalist most of my life. I only discovered there was a term for a person like me within the last two years…

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Real Life Minimalists: Cindy Ann

Cindy Ann

Today we have an inspirational story from Cindy Ann. When she and her husband became empty-nesters, they got rid of the nest—and are now enjoying the wonderful freedom of a minimalist lifestyle! Cindy Ann writes:

My husband and I are 59 and 56, respectively. We’ve been together 42 years. We have two grown children. We have IT jobs. He just got transferred to another city. We move in three weeks…

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