Do You Own the People You Love?

    Do I own my partner? Do you own yours? The obvious answer is no, but our thoughts and actions seem to disagree. We love them, yet the longer we’re with them, the more we wish they would do what we want and to do it our way. We may not own our loved ones, but […]

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    Saving the Environment Saves Money

    The modern economy views the planet as something to exploit. Making money means taking something from the land, turning it into a product, and selling it. Producing more goods provides more jobs, which require us to buy more things in order to keep people employed. Buying is our civic duty, as it encourages growth and […]

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    6 Environmental Benefits of Living in the Suburbs

    The large single-family suburban home is the symbol of American excess. Two cars in the driveway. Sprinklers spreading water across manicured green lawns. Three families occupying enough land to hold a couple dozen. I won’t argue that suburban living is the ideal model or that we should all rush to own a quarter acre of […]

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    A Minimalist Valentine’s Day

    Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you. I’ve taken the time to put my love for you into words. I’ve scribbled my affection onto a note, folded it into a card, and sealed it in an envelope. Or I depicted my love in a drawing in the back of my sketchbook. Or I dipped a paintbrush […]

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    Make Space for Compassion

    I can be critical (can’t we all?). I learned in school that effectively dishing out criticism makes for a great essay. Such writing got me into college, and then it got me a diploma. I didn’t land a job immediately after graduation, but I was eventually able to make money writing for blogs. A critical […]

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    How to Begin Paring Down

    There’s no right or wrong way to go about owning less, but there are plenty of methods. Marie Kondo says to get rid of whatever doesn’t bring you joy. Dave Bruno challenges us to live with fewer than 100 things. Courtney Carver says to dress with 33 items or less for three months. The Minimalists […]

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    How Can I Give More With Less?

    There are many reasons to own less. What I’ve found is that the less time I spend focused on things, the more that I can give. I can give more thoughts to other people in my life. I am more considerate of their wellbeing, their emotions, and their needs. I try to improve my relationships […]

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    What Do We Gain From Owning Less?

    Own less. This seems to be the crux of what minimalism is all about. Take however much stuff you own, and make that number smaller. The criteria you use to go about doing this is up to you. But why should we want to? When Joshua Becker (Becoming Minimalist) began to question his possessions, he […]

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    Getting Started

    Two years ago, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up entered my home. I read it. Then, like many others, I began going through all of my things and getting rid of those that didn’t bring me joy. I donated bags of items filled with stuff that we had accumulated over the years. For a […]

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