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  1. Great post and interesting how the application can be different for many people, yet the underlying values are the same. The examples you gave may seem minimalist to those who made those changes, yet to most people in the world earning $30k annually, having access to public transport, safely being able to walk where you need to go, and even buying a shoe-box size house are absolute luxuries. They are all very admirable, it’s just very interesting how the movement is from a perspective of first-world abundance when even simplistic living is what some could only dream of. Hopefully, in adopting a ‘minimalist’ mindset we can make a difference to those who do not even have our ‘minimal’.
    Keep up the great work!

  2. Before, I thought having more wears will help, but by time, these wears eventually gets dirty. Then I realize that it’s not about having more wears but getting cleaned the clothes I wore, before using the rest.

  3. What a nice read, and so well explained. Living the concepts of a minimalist lifestyle myself, I found that it also creates the financial room needed to focus on the things that give me energy and a sense of purpose.

  4. Inspiring to say the least. It is very timely and in line with my life right now. Many thanks for the clarity and guidance it has given me. All the best to you guys! Carry on!

  5. love this article ,eye opening. I am vegan trying to go raw vegan . love to read on what is minimalism
    thanks for posting

  6. This is so true; I can totally relate to accidentally bringing more and more stress into my life. It’s always a challenge to figure out what you truly want to keep, and what you would be ok with removing (especially when it comes to commitments!). But it must be so liberating once you’re there. Thank you for sharing such a meaningful article; I have a feeling it’s going to change my life bit by bit.

    1. Emily, thanks for leaving a comment. You’re right—it is extremely liberating once you start applying minimalism to your life at a practical level. Would love to know how you’ve been progressing with your changes!

  7. Great article! Thanks for sharing your cookbook as well! I started this minimalism journey over 30 years ago but it wasn’t until Leo Babuata’s blog articles kept popping up in social media that it started to take hold (neuro linguistic programming). I ended up backing his crowd-funding campaign for his book, Zen Habits, and with the help of that book and websites like yours, I’ve been able to turn my minimalism experiment into my lifelong journey. I look at my minpin and see how content she is with just a collar, food dish, water bowl, and some toys. I can minimize my things and focus more on what’s important to me too. It took me over 30 years to pare down and unload over 90% of my possessions, so anyone who puts their mind to minimalism can do it too.

    1. Thanks for sharing your story towards minimalism. 30 years is indeed a solid transition, and it just goes to show that we can always simplify. I’m yet to read the Zen Habits book, but I intend to read it on the plane to Europe.

  8. I recently analyzed my life and decided I wanted to enjoy summer just sitting quietly in my garden. I quit quite a few things and feel so much better! This Fall, when my summer job winds down, I plan to move my impossible-to-move-in-office to a larger room of the house and repurpose, redefine a few things and I have to tell I cannot wait! I like my quiet time, alone. I need more of it.

  9. This is a very interesting article 🙂
    I too describe myself as being a minimalist illustrator and foodie when working 🙂 Simplicity is the best but getting rid of anything superfluous is something we have to work on everyday! and sometimes it can be hard when memories are involved.
    Nice blog project you two have, good luck, I’ll be following !

  10. Love this! Just found your blog. As a vegan blogger journeying towards a simpler life, I will definitely be following you guys. 🙂

    It’s crazy how much we accumulate and instead of giving us what we think we want, we just feel weighed down. I’ve enjoyed the process of shedding clutter and feeling so much lighter! Work in progress of course 😉

  11. Wow!
    I’ve been talking about this with some friends these days, I need and want to get rid of stuff… Like my TV, cable monthly payments first!
    What I’ve done already:
    Clothes, ( have already a suitcase full to give away), got rid already of VCR player

  12. Wow. What a great start to your site, Masha and Michael. Especially this article. It’s practical, motivational, vulnerable, and a whole lot more. But “more” of the good stuff, of course. 🙂
    Consider me your newest RSS subscriber.

  13. love your website and your proces of following your hearts! I’m a victim of the more-virus 😉 and today was a day that it got the best of me and saw that things need to change.
    Thats when i ran into this blog, must be a sign 🙂
    Will follow you two on your minimalist journey and blog! Thanks!

    1. Hi guys! I would like to know more about if/how minimalism can apply to number of people on have in their lives.

        1. Should we evaluate people we have in our lives on the same parameters as we do with stuff as per minimalistic point of view? Unlike stuff, there are lot of more emotional elements involved when we talk about keeping people in & out of lives, so how do you view this aspect?

          1. I see. We believe in Jim Rohn’s quote in that “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. So with that, we try to focus on those top five relationships—meaning we’re intentional about who those people are. Do they have a positive influence and support you, or do they bring you down? Obviously, this can’t always be helped depending on your circumstance, but that’s generally how we apply minimalism to relationships. Over the years, we’ve also learned that it’s healthy to maintain relationships with those with different or even opposing values, as it challenges us to be open to learning new perspectives.