Interesting take on minimalism

Found this when I was looking for something else. 😁 Go figure.

"How do we break this cycle?

In the new book, we present 16 rules for living with less, and one of those rules is the No Junk Rule. Here’s how it works: Anything you own, you can place into one of three piles: It’s either essential, it’s nonessential, or it’s junk.

Everyone has the same or similar essentials. We all need food, shelter, clothing, transportation, vocation, and education."


  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    Haha I'm definitely not a minimalist. I collect oddities and curiosities and most of them would likely be considered non essential. Some junk haha. 😂.

  • MaryRowe
    MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

    Somebody needs to write one of these things adapted for homesteaders--whole different set of rules. On the one hand, I generally agree with their rules about buying new stuff--generally sensible and sustainable (and we might add another rule or two concerning sustainability).

    But how many times has a homestead project been saved--or even inspired and begun--by something pulled out of your junk pile, now repurposed for a use not even considered when the item was made! Can a homestead even function without the resources of a junk pile or two or three, scrap bags and such--outdoor and indoor? That goes for everything from the big outdoor projects to the smallest indoor projects.

    Of course hoarding can get out of control sometimes. And I understand what they are saying about stuff like their orange sweatshirt stuck in the back of the closet--a foolish purchase in the first place. But I just don't see minimalism working for the typical homestead. It's cousin, a healthy frugality, is what we need.