No, I don't mean that minimalism is mental, though some people might think that. I'm talking about minimalism of the mind. Artistic minimalism and physical minimalism are the most common interpretations. They're hip and stylish and everyone who is anyone is minimalist. I broached the concept of digital minimalism in a recent post. Now I … Continue reading Mental Minimalism
We've all heard about "going green". It's the biggest money-making scam since Ponzi. Ehhh, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. But it's true that "buying green" often isn't best for the environment. I was in an environmentally focused store a few weeks ago, and was mildly disgusted by some of the products they were offering in … Continue reading “Going Green”
A few weeks ago, in my post Broken Minimalism: Elitist?, I took a quick look at one of the issues that are commonly raised with respect to minimalism. Today, I want to tackle a different common argument. Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy is the title of an article in the Guardian by Chelsea … Continue reading Broken Minimalism: Sterile?
Lots of things on my mind today. I'm two thirds of the way through this challenge, and a couple of things are becoming clear. Firstly, Project 333 has been simple. I don't have to think about it, I just have certain clothes in my closet. The only problem has been wear. I've had two casual … Continue reading Two Months
Minimalism is usually approached purely in terms of the physical. "Clean up your living space." "Decorate in white and black." "Get rid of your extraneous objects." But could we extend minimalism to digital items? On the surface, it's a pretty silly idea. An mp3 doesn't take up any space in your house, it doesn't require … Continue reading Digital Minimalism
I hit fifty days of my challenge on July 20. It actually went by without my really noticing. I was busy with other things on my mind. But now I've realized it, and it's important to me. It's important that I take a minute and think about what this means. I can live like this. … Continue reading Milestone
Last week, I mentioned that I had started reading Play Anything, by Ian Bogost. Some of his ideas sparked ideas of my own, and I talked a bit about the fun aspect of minimalism. As I continued reading, he brought up another idea that I also found fascinating; the Paradox of Choice. Now, I'd heard … Continue reading The Paradox of Choice