Real Life Minimalists: Missne

Today, Missne shares the inspirational story of how she pared down her stuff, and sees her move into a smaller place as “progress” (love it!). Missne writes:

I decided many years ago that having a TV wasn’t important to me. I’m a gamer, I’m a nerd – if I want to watch something, it’ll be on the computer. Ad-free. On my own time. And If I don’t have a TV, why do I need a couch? I only have a dog, and he’s happy without a couch…

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Real Life Minimalists: Christa

This week, I’m happy to feature Christa from South Africa, who explains how a housing transition made her fall in love with small space living. Christa writes:

The idea of small space living has always appealed to me. I remember as a singleton buying books on the subject, feverishly doing research on campervan living and imagining a life by the sea – something along the lines of the Joshua Kadison song ”A little trailer by the sea – you the cat and me”…

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Real Life Minimalists: Darcy

Today, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Darcy. She tells us how living with her stuff in storage for a few years inspired her to embrace a more minimalist lifestyle. Darcy writes:

If you saw our book collection, you probably wouldn’t apply the term “minimalist” to my husband and I. Between us we have eight bookcases full of books. We’re both teachers and our books are our treasures, but despite our stacks of books, we consider ourselves minimalists…

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Real Life Minimalists: Daisy

This week, we have a wonderful story from Daisy. She’s been battling an excess of stuff since childhood, until a natural disaster gave her a new perspective on her possessions. Daisy writes:

Yes, that photo’s a glimpse of my place before I became a minimalist. So how’d it get that bad? You could say I was born with it. I grew up in a family that was full of love but low on funds…

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Real Life Minimalists: Greta

Today, Greta tells us the steps she’s taking to simplify her life, reduce waste, consume more mindfully, and create a calm and serene space for her family. Greta writes:

My minimalism journey started about two years ago after reading Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. I couldn’t even finish the book, I had to do something right then! I started researching fair trade clothing and food, and realized if we were going to be able to afford these things, I’d need to stop wasting money on stuff I’d purge in a year or two…

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Real Life Minimalists: Jennifer

Jennifer

This week, we have such a lovely story from Jennifer, who tells us how living with less has transformed her life and brought her joy. Jennifer writes:

If we’d met five years ago, ‘minimalist’ would be the very last word you’d have used to describe me. At the time, I owned 100+ pairs of shoes and a ginormous wardrobe (my walk in closet was almost bigger than my current apartment!). I spent almost all my free time shopping, thinking about shopping, or organising my stuff…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Rhiannon

Today, I’m happy to share an update from Rhiannon, who was originally featured as a Real Life Minimalist two years ago. Her story is a wonderful example of how minimalism can ebb and flow in our lives, and help us find balance when we need it. Rhiannon writes:

It has been so inspirational to read so many people’s updates on their journeys in minimalism. I wish I had a smoother story to tell, but the last years have been busy and full…

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Real Life Minimalists: Courtney

Courtney

This week, I’m pleased to feature Courtney. She tells us how a near-tragedy inspired her to pursue a more minimalist and mindful path. Courtney writes:

Unfortunately, wisdom is earned through pain. It took an almost divorce and a car accident for me to really pull the plug on our old life. But the pain was brewing for years…

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Real Life Minimalists: Camille

Today, Camille shares her story of loss, letting go, and healing with the help of minimalism. Camille writes:

Looking back, there have always been indications that I was a minimalist. As an active kiddo, I used to make my barbies live in a tent and allow my friends to use the barbie house. In college, being an avid lover of the outdoors, I had a few big backpacking trips with a dear friend and I was always enamored that we could carry everything we needed on our backs…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Apple

I’m so happy to receive this update from Apple, who was originally featured in June 2011. I love how her family has continued to refine their minimalist lifestyle, rejecting busyness and embracing ways to live waste-free. Apple writes:

Since my last feature on missminimalist, I have been opening up to, and braving the quietness of an even more uncomplicated and mindful life. Both myself and my husband completed our studies, changed careers. We both have professions which give us joy and meaning…

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