Real Life Minimalists: Shelley


This week, Shelley tells us that she’s naturally drawn to minimalism, and is now trying to (gently) introduce her family to the lifestyle. Shelley writes:

I’ve always had minimal tendencies and have had some challenges throughout my life to stay true to this nature. One thing I loved to do when I was young was clean out my room…

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Real Life Minimalists: Annie


Today we have an inspiring story from Annie, who gave up her McMansion lifestyle to live aboard a boat and follow her dreams. Annie writes:

“I see you smiling,” he said. That’s all he needed to say. Phillip knew why I was so happy. It was the same reason he was so dang happy. We had just completed the first passage aboard our 35’ sailboat to the Florida Keys!

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Real Life Minimalists: Marina Marshenkulova (Amara)


This week we hear from Marina Marshenkulova (Amara), who tells us how she’s downsizing her possessions (including her wardrobe) now that she’s living in India. Marina writes:

It’s time to stop envying minimalists and become one. And keep in mind that being too minimalistic and obsessed about it is another side of the coin that I would like to avoid. First of all, I signed a contract with myself…

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Real Life Minimalists: Amy


Today, I’m pleased to feature Amy, who tells us how a series of moves opened her eyes to the joy and freedom of living with less. Amy writes:

I realised I was interested in the concept of minimalism a couple of years ago, whilst living in a flat in Paris which was full to the brim with things. On leaving England to move to France, although I had sold and given away a lot of my belongings…

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Real Life Minimalists: Sam

This week, Sam from Australia tells us how clearing the clutter not only lightened up her home, but also her mind and body (literally!). Sam writes:

I wanted to write to you and tell you that buying your book around 18 months ago was the beginning of my love for minimalistic ways. Although, I must say, I am by no means a minimalist! I spent 12 months going through each room of my house…

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Real Life Minimalists: Dan


Today we hear from Dan, who carved out his own minimalist oasis in the midst of a cluttered home. Dan writes:

Today, I’m a minimalist living in a family of hoarders and packrats. Everyday, I return home to boxes stacked to the ceiling, piles of unfiled paperwork, and a pantry flooded with expired items…

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Real Life Minimalists: Jordan

This week, Jordan shares a beautiful reminder that when we live simply, we’re able to focus our time and attention on what’s most precious to us. Jordan writes:

My minimalist story is one built out of the desire to celebrate every day moments with my family. My husband and I are blessed with three lovely children. The oldest and the youngest have very rare, unrelated medical conditions…

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Real Life Minimalists: Claire

Today, I’m happy to feature Claire. She’s at the start of her minimalist journey, dissatisfied with her old consumer lifestyle and determined to live a life with less stuff. Claire writes:

I’m Claire, I live in the north of England and my wife and I have been downsizing since last summer. Minimalism really appealed to me, partly because I craved the simplicity but mainly because my finances had hit crisis point…

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Real Life Minimalists: Laura and Mark Tong

Laura and Mark

This week, Laura and Mark Tong share their story. They radically downsized—from three houses to a small studio!—and have found substantially more freedom and fulfillment in their new minimalist lifestyle. Laura writes:

Okay, I admit it. I am a minimalism evangelist! You know why? Because I find minimalist living allows me to breathe and to think…

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Real Life Minimalists: Marissa

Today, Marissa tells us how her new baby inspired her to reevaluate and reduce her family’s possessions. By minimizing her stuff, she’s able to maximize the time and attention she can give to her daughter. Marissa writes:

This is our path towards a more intentional life. I’ve always had some minimalist tendencies. I grew up in a suburb where our neighbors had in home saunas next to their pools…

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