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The Long, Rewarding Path to Minimalism

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We never set out to live out of a suitcase each, plus an elegantly packed 5kg carry-on bag (including laptop). The progression from a large apartment full of stuff (inside, outside and in the basement storage) to a combined 50kg did not happen overnight; far from it, the process took us a few years and continues to this day.

What has been most stark to me, throughout the process, is that each time we’ve divested ourselves of a new bunch of stuff, we’ve decided we couldn’t possibly cut any further. But then, sure enough, we’d always have another round of trimming.

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Optimizing for Mobility – Our Struggles Keeping the Luggage Down

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Mel and I are avowed minimalists.

It’s true – we even got profiled by a major Australian newspaper.

This can be a charged term, meaning different things to different people. There are minimalists who count the number of items they own (including individual socks) and try to keep them under a certain number (someone I heard owned 70 items).

That’s a bit crazy, but good on them.

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A huge (minimal) step forward:

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My wife and I have been identifying as minimalist for almost 3 months now.  We sold or gave away half our furniture and a huge amount of other items; we made over $2000 and haven’t missed a single item.  At the same time, we haven’t felt compelled to buy anything either.  Christmas came and went, and we managed to accumulate a bare minimum of items, thanks to a supportive family and an agreement on limiting gift-giving with some family members.

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Realising that Less = More (The Path to Minimalism)

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Mel and I recently shared a revelation.  The onset of this revelation wasn’t sudden, but rather occurred in steps over the course of some months.  For a while – perhaps 3 or 4 months we’ve been on a mission to ‘declutter’ our lives. To us, this meant getting rid of books we have read and no longer wanted, swapping our massive dining table for a smaller one, selling items we no longer used (e.g. the third laptop) – that kind of thing.

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