“leveling” vs “minimalizing”

June 19, 2008

this evening i was having a great conversation with some friends about my new desire to live a minimalist life.  i started telling the story of our basement project that we started last night and mentioned that we had moved some things downstairs to get them out of the way.  one of the ladies wisely responded, “sounds more like leveling than minimalizing.”

i defended myself listing the things that we threw away, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that she was right.  looking back, for the most part, we just “leveled” yesterday rather than “minimalized.”  sure, the room looks a lot better, but it doesn’t address the underlying issue – i own too much stuff.

thanks liz for challenging me to become minimalist and not just another leveler.  we obviously have a long way left to go!


One Response to ““leveling” vs “minimalizing””

  1. Liz Says:

    my introduction to minimalizing today was only preceded by a short conversation i had with my husband recently about an article he was reading on this very subject… the 100 things challenge. .. the use less stuff challenge. the keep less stuff challenge. when my husband read part of the article to me the only challenging i did was that in defense of all the things i have. it took me less than 5 minutes to produce 100 things that covered a small portion of the very room we were talking in. in fact, almost 25% of my 100 item limit was on my person in some form of clothing, jewelry, eyewear, etc, blah blah blah. it’s overwhelming to me to think of how many multiples of of 100 i have without even leaving my bedroom. this concept about clutter breeding clutter has suddenly become very real to me. when i look around my house, everything on my counter has a matching pair…not one pen, but two hanging around, not put away. not one pair of glasses but 7 just taking up space in one big pile. recipes clipped whose only purpose seems to be an addition to a pile of more recipes that will never get tested. i need to change that. i’m running out of open space. i too am a leveler .. or a shifter. I move things from room to room on one level vs up and down on different floors. leveling and shifting areas then just turn into staging areas that then get forgotten. time i talk this minimalist gig seriously. i agree with you i too own way too much stuff.

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