Real Life Minimalists: M. C. Starbuck

Today we hear from M. C. Starbuck, a former packrat whose decluttering transformed her life. M. C. Starbuck writes:

As a packrat for so long, I thought getting rid of stuff would only lead to regret and frustration. I’m so glad to finally see that I was wrong! I began getting rid of clutter at the end of 2014, so I’m finally starting to see some of the long-term benefits…

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Real Life Minimalists: Pamela

This week, I’m pleased to feature Pamela, who tells us about her step by step journey to a more minimalist lifestyle. Pamela writes:

My journey to minimalism came about through a series of steps. Whenever I moved, I became more of a minimalist. It all started with my first place after university. A 400 square foot apartment filled with heavy wooden, hand me down furniture…

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Real Life Minimalists: Jennifer from Maryland

Today, Jennifer from Maryland tells us how she’s created more space, time, and peace in her life. Jennifer writes:

My journey with minimalism began a few years ago. I didn’t intend to become a minimalist. I was a wife, a mom, and a teacher who was tired of being overwhelmed and exhausted all the time…

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Real Life Minimalists: Hannah

This week, we have a wonderful contribution from Hannah, who writes about why she adopted a minimalist lifestyle and the happiness it’s brought her. Hannah writes:

When you search on google or YouTube “minimalism”, you’re bombarded with links to learn about the practices of 20-somethings who have adopted the lifestyle as the NBD. I fit into every stereotype of the 2017 minimalist…

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Real Life Minimalists: Upasna aka Comeback Minimalist

Today, Upasna aka Comeback Minimalist tells us her story. She’s at the beginning of her minimalist journey, but already experiencing the freedom of living with less. Upasna writes:

I had a tough time managing my stuff in the past so I decided to explore more about Minimalism. 2016 was bit harsh on me with limited money to spend. This is how having less money helped me learned that I can live well with less stuff…

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Real Life Minimalists: Priscilla

This week, I’m delighted to feature Priscilla. I just love how her story—and the Real Life Minimalists series in general—defies minimalist stereotypes, and shows how we can tailor the philosophy to suit our individual lifestyles. Priscilla writes:

I am not a stereotypical minimalist as portrayed in the media: I’m not young. Nor am I into austere décor, black and neutral clothing, veganism, or posting YouTube videos…

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Real Life Minimalists Update: Claire

Today, we have an update from Claire, who was originally featured in January 2016. I love hearing how my Real Life Minimalists have progressed on their journeys! Claire writes:

I wrote a post for Miss Minimalist about 18 months ago, and I wanted to send a quick update. I recently went on my honeymoon and took carry-on luggage only – hooray! It felt like a milestone for me – this is one of my aims in life…

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Real Life Minimalists: Bibi

This week, I’m so happy to feature Bibi. When I read her words, I feel like she is truly a kindred spirit in minimalism. Bibi writes:

Being minimalist for me means to be free of burden and trouble. I think that I had it always in me this desire to be free of stuff. Already at a young age I was purging my bedroom and giving many things away, which made my mother crazy.

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Real Life Minimalists: Ashley

Today, we have a wonderful story from Ashley, who tells us how she discovered and embraced her inner minimalist. Ashley writes:

I suppose I discovered that I had been something of a minimalist all along one day at the Apple Store. Grimacing as I note that my phone automatically capitalizes the store name, imbuing an element of respect that I do not emulate, I reflect back on the day that I had wanted to “check into that whole phone upgrading thing.”

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Real Life Minimalists: Xandra

I just adore this contribution from Xandra, a self-described “writer, expat, productivity fiend, and bookworm living in Edinburgh, Scotland.” She tells us how minimalism helps her follow her passions and dreams. Xandra writes:

As I teenager I believed I ‘could never be a minimalist,’ because I liked books too much, and I adored my massive collection of clothes. My high school schedule was like Hermione’s in Prisoner of Azkaban…

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