Many visitors are surprised by how little my husband and I own.
We live simply in a very small apartment. We don’t own a car, couch, dishwasher, washer, dryer, table, chairs, or a lot of the other stuff that most people have in their homes.
I’m happy with what we do own. It’s enough to cover all of our needs (and most of our wants), but it never feels overwhelming.
There are some people in the simplicity movement who’ve pared it down to just 100 items, including stuff like clothing. It works well for a lot of them, especially if they travel a lot or don’t make many meals at home.
For me, that would be too bare-boned. I don’t particularly like washing the dishes, but with my allergy to milk it would be tricky and expensive to eat every meal out. (It would also be much less healthy).
And I like owning enough clothing that I don’t have to do laundry every week. If a pair of socks counts as 2 items, you could only own a few of them before they took up too much space in the 100 item count.
The trick to any movement, I think, is to use it only to the extent that it works for you. I don’t talk about our voluntary simplicity on this blog as often I used to because it’s so well-integrated into our daily lives.
What about you? What movements have you dabbled in without committing to everything they have to offer?