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  1. Loved your article. I’ve been downsizing for the past five years, following tiny house movement, camping Rv’s. Moving from 1 bedroom apartment to an efficiency in that same building) squaring off 8×10 area and everything I own in it. Purchasing all natural items & fabrics. Wood, glass, metal etc. Gave up work and have retired. Going from from car to bike, not always easy but very gratifying. It’s not the toys that you own that make you a winner, but being content with choices you make for yourself and others that make you a winner! Thank you for listening. Yours in awareness Sandy

    1. Hi Sandra, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading about how you’ve downsized, especially this, “It’s not the toys that you own that make you a winner, but being content with choices you make for yourself and others that make you a winner.”

  2. As someone who rescues animals, the accumulation of donations and clutter and, well, the sheer number of animals themselves, has taken over my life since moving from a condo to a house. I am constantly feeling burdened by the thing that brings me the most joy – the pets in my life. I am fretfully overwhelmed at every turn, because keeping up with the leashes, collars, crates, cat carriers, etc. that I frequently need on hand is contradictory to my natural tendency to “de-clutter”. I followed your page a year+ ago when I went vegan (then went back to vegetarian, and found you again now that I’m vegan again) and followed for Masa’s recipes… I had NO IDEA how much incredible content you have, Michael! This article was deep and simple at the same time. I sent the article and your quote above about including family in discussions about your lifestyle, because I never leave my parent’s house without a bag of “goodies” and 9 times out of 10, I bring my mom goodies of her own… We both would benefit from a simpler, minimalist lifestyle and approach and I’m now on my second hour of exploring your articles. Thank you!

    1. Hi Angie. Thank you for your kind words and Maša, and I are grateful to have you back! First of all, thank you for creating being so caring and compassionate with your work. I can only imagine how much clutter comes with supporting so many animals. As you’ve probably realised, it’s even more critical to pair back on other areas of your life so that you can pursue your act of service with clarity and purity. It sounds like you’re on a positive path. All the best.

    2. Sensible post! I appreciate the true essence of minimalism being documented on this post. I am armed with the 10 questions to whether keep something or not. I have been on the path but I am not 100% sold on the items I still have. I came from poverty and I already been to to other end of the spectrum as far as acknowledging what kind of life I want to have has nothing to do with excess things. I feel that every mindless purchase I made was due to an unfulfilled wish, need or desire which intrinsically revealed a few tbings about myself. The time I bought more stuff was when I was in an unfulfilled relationship. The buying aspect of things was 1 thing that gave me some satisfaction. To be honest with oneself is the best route. We all have different reasons for doing the minimalism path. But we all connected on the less is more. Thanks so much. I’m a fan.

      1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. It’s refreshing to see stories from someone who has experienced both sides of the spectrum and still sees value in a minimalist lifestyle.