Simplicity isn't a competition

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

It can be hard to remember that simplicity isnt a competition. I know I'm guilty of comparing myself to those that do something I deem incredible, such as owning 100 items or less or selling everything they ow and going on a road trip. Why I can't I be unattached to things like they are?
Then I sit back and realize that although what they do is incredible, it's not for me. Sure, the road trip would be fun for a year or so, but I like having a bed. I like having a few creature comforts. I've realized that it's okay to have furnishing and comforts and still be a minimalist.
I have a few family heirlooms that I can't ever imagine selling. Some of them are over 100 years old and came to the United States with my ancestors.
It's okay to have cherished items. Really. Life is about balance, and it's no different for a simple life. It's not okay, to cherish everything. Otherwise nothing would be special!
If you don't like it or use it, get rid of it. Think of the people it can help!

Simply Yours, 

A. Leah 


  1. "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."- William Morris

    And I believe it is okay for me to own a waffle maker, a juicer, a crock pot, six cutting boards, etc, etc, because we love and use our kitchen items...even the obscure ones lots of minimalist blogs and books would say were extraneous. Not to us! :) But I know in other areas I am very minimal compared to, yes, it all balances out (although I agree, some days the 100 thing challenge seems appealing).

  2. Thank you for this, Emily! This is one thing I live about this lifestyle, it can fit to everyone's lifestyle.

  3. I can be on the extreme side of minimalism, and it's definitely not always preferable. It can detach you from past friends, experiences, and places. It's important to have reminders of your past because they play any important role in determining your future.