Preparing for my Round the World trip has really changed all my habits. Ever since I made the decision to backpack around the world I don’t want to buy anything unless I need it and want to get rid of everything that I don’t need. I didn’t know a name for that existed. Then I came across this article 18 Ways You Might Be a Minimalist on Step 1 Minimalist by Courtney Carver from Be More with Less and couldn’t stop laughing. I now know a name exists for my condition I am a MINIMALIST.
I copied the 18 ways with permission and below each way I put why it fits.
If you can’t stop giving stuff away and your dog is worried that he’s next, you might be a minimalist.
- I don’t have a dog but I just can’t stop getting rid of stuff. Some has been donated, some has been sold in garage sales and some has been thrown away. Sadly I know I am still going to get rid of more stuff.
If you have an empty attic or storage shed, you might be a minimalist.
- I live with my sister so don’t exactly have an attic or storage shed but for once I have a few empty drawers in my bed room.
If you are debt-free or paying off debt with gazelle intensity, you might be a minimalist.
- I have already discussed this. I have a year to pay off my debt and save enough money for my Round the World trip. I am not playing around and am going to get this done!
If walking through Target or Wal-Mart makes you throw up in your mouth a little, you might be a minimalist.
- Walking through Wal-Mart has always made me feel that way but now with Target in the news it also makes me feel that way.
If your children are mad at you because you canceled the cable, you might be a minimalist.
- I have no children but my sister has cable. If I had my own place I know for sure I would have already cancelled it by now.
If a friend asks you to go shopping and you would rather go to the park, you might be a minimalist.
- Just the other day a friend called me to go to the mall and I said no. I actually preferred to stay in my room doing nothing! That was a first because I know old Jaime would have gone.
If you don’t want your parents to stop by your yard sale because you are selling their stuff too, you might be a minimalist.
- Me and my sister just recently made my parents get rid of a lot of stuff they no longer needed and sold it in a garage sale. They also don’t like it when I go over because I always want to throw stuff away.
If you don’t have a junk drawer, you might be a minimalist.
- I actually just recently got rid of my junk drawer and am very proud to not have one!
If you have more free time than ever before, you might be a minimalist.
- This has been a problem of mine, but with school starting it will no longer be one.
If you have ever used a car share service, you might be a minimalist.
- I actually have never used one but always try to car pool when going out with friends.
If you are curious about living with less than 100 things, you might be a minimalist.
- I have actually never heard of this but am now VERY curious.
If clutter makes you cry, you might be a minimalist.
- Clutter has always made me cry. I HATE CLUTTER.
If you follow less than 100 tweeps on twitter, or 100 friends on Facebook, you might be a minimalist.
- On twitter I am actually very scared to go over 100. I am at 98 right now and don’t want to go over 100.
If you vote with your dollars, you might be a minimalist.
- I have always done this. There are places I have not been to in years because of this.
If people who can fit all of their belongings in a backpack inspire you, you might be a minimalist.
- I am very inspired by these people and hopefully I will be one soon.
If you follow the 1 in, 1 out rule, you might be a minimalist.
- I just try not to bring anything in anymore, but when I do I will keep this in mind.
If you want to live a life with more meaning and less junk, you might be a minimalist.
- That is how I want to live.
Last, but not least…
If you would rather spend a day with Leo Babauta instead of Oprah Winfrey, you might be a minimalist.
- I’ve actually never been a fan of Oprah and I have no clue who Leo is, but now that I do I would rather spend the day with him.
Before I continue let me get this out of the way “Hi, my name is Jaime and I am a minimalist”. I love the idea that I fit into this lifestyle because I think it is awesome. Planning for this huge adventure has really made me realize how much stuff I have bought in the past that I really didn’t need and how much stuff I have kept around that I don’t need. I have alway enjoyed throwing stuff away but I have never realized how liberating it is too have less stuff. The more I get rid of the more free I feel.
So doesn’t this make you want to be a minimalist if you are not? Or you can just answer Courtney’s question how many of these apply to you?