Is Minimalism The Way To Go?


Financial gurus often talk about spending on experiences rather than stuff. The idea is that stuff will break, become obsolete, or never get used in the first place, whereas experiences will stay with you for a lifetime. Experiences are said to be more valuable than stuff. To hear some people talk, you should be able to fit all of your possessions in your car. Stuff is bad. But is it really? Should we all be aiming for a life where we can fit all of our stuff into a shed? Probably not.

Some of us cannot function without a lot of stuff. It provides comfort, helps us pursue our hobbies, nurtures fond memories or family activities, or is used in our daily lives (as is the case with the cook wh


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2 Responses to Is Minimalism The Way To Go?

  1. EEinNJ says:

    Great article- I’ve long been trying to minimalize, and having to empty my parent’s house of many years accumulation,I’m even more motivated.

    I have a few hobbies, though, that would prevent me from fitting all my possessions into the back of a car. My rule of thumb, though, is if I can’t lift it/carry it myself, or it’s not easy to sell/dispose of, I have no place for it.

    I think the “Greatest Generation” sees frugality differently. For them, keeping things is good, throwing things out is a waste.

  2. Diane says:

    I’m on board with the idea that stuff you use or enjoy is worth keeping. There’s a vast difference in what that means to different people!

    For me, things I enjoy include certain collectibles, hobby & memory items.

    The things that need to GO are the ones that weigh you down because you don’t use or wear them and you don’t really like them~ yet they’re taking up space in your house & need to be cleaned & maintained. That’s the stuff I’m working to get rid of, so I can enjoy the things I really like with less effort!

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