If you would like to know more about this increasingly popular, positively simple lifestyle, please check out some of the links for inspirations I have found along my journey.
Where it all began…
Back in university just about five years ago, one of my classes played the YouTube clip The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard at the Story of Stuff Project. This 20 minute film was probably the most influential thing that set the ball rolling because it made sense of this larger society we are trapped in: consumerism. I have since watched many of their subsequent clips and follow their Facebook page. They encompass so much of what this movement is about.
Wandering through Kikki K one day, a popular stationery and organisational shop in Australia, I came across a book called Paper Flow by MaryAnne Bennie and Brigitte Hinneberg. As I slowly got my stuff together, this idea of reducing paper got me inspired. Following their tips, within months I had organised my important papers into a system and began sorting and tossing loads more. I gave my copy to a friend recently and it helped her too. Highly recommended book.
Darren Hughes’ Tiny Houses Australia page. He also has a group by the same name.
He and his followers regularly inspire me to keep up my journey, have allowed me to meet like-minded folk in person, and most of all reassure me I am not alone in my values and beliefs.
Tiny Houses are small homes that are purpose built usually by hand by their owners in a deliberate attempt to build a small, liveable and cheap home (often on wheels) with the aim to either save/eradicate rent money for a while, or reduce or eradicate debt and costs like mortgages and utility bills to cut themselves off from the ‘system’. They wish to be more connected with their community, environment, their truest passions and remove themselves from the pressure of the rat race. Many Tiny House dreamers or owners are students, young people, divorcees, retirees, and the occasional family.
I debate often with myself whether to live in a tiny. For me I think a small apartment, well-designed, in the city, walking distance to everything, is my path. But I never say never.
From THA I learned about the Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus), and went to meet them for their Australian book tour. They like to meet like-minded people.
Their page has a link to Minimalist meet up groups in Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada and the US.
Of course I also read their book Everything that Remains.
Joshua downsized after a series of losses made him reflect on life, and he did it quite quickly, over a few months.
Ryan put everything in boxes and unpacked only what he needed. After a few weeks he got rid of everything still in boxes.
I kind of practice Ryan’s method now by having everything in storage. In theory I could argue I don’t use any of it and get rid of it all, but I’m a hoarder and I have sentiments or value attached to a lot of my stuff.
From the Minimalists I learned about Joshua Becker, a family guy who runs the blog Becoming Minimalist.
This Joshua is downsizing as a family, and enjoying the benefits. He is quite well published and well known with years of posts to go through, and on his homepage, a very easy navigational guide to his most popular posts.
This guy is the expert. He is the self help guru who can tell you how to do it.
A relatively new find, while out looking for female bloggers, is Miss Minimalist.
Miss Minimalist Francine Jay has been writing for a while as well, influencing people in the US and globally with her tales of minimalism. Admittedly I find her site a bit more difficult to navigate past the collection of reader profiles of late; apart from the popular posts and categories one must scroll back through older entries page by page. I like Archives better, to get an overall sense of the journey. Still, I have related to some of the posts I have read and will be linking them to some future posts. I intend to read her books too.
There are more. I’ll keep adding here, so watch this space.
If anyone knows of any minimalist bloggers from outside America, especially from Australia, I’d love to know. I’ve found a couple but haven’t read as much yet, I’m looking to find a range of global influences.