Why did this challenge me so much? Because I'm not there yet. I still surround myself with plenty of things I don't really need. If you know me at all, and most of you don't, I hope that you would see in me a desire to live intentionally and with integrity. Yet this (intentionally living with only things I need) is an area I fall short in.
I have intentionally cleared out much of my clutter and made great progress. But like many others, I don't live alone, nor do I live with aspiring minimalist, so I live with other people's clutter. After reading Joshua's simple definition, I am challenged to either stop calling myself a minimalist, or get more intentional about it.
The second post that really spoke to me came from Leo Babauta of mnmlist. His most recent post The Just in Case Syndrome was spot on for me. How many things am I still holding onto just in case?
I could probably start a series of things I find and realize I'm holding on to just in case. I've been in my fair share of weddings, and I have held on to one bridesmaid dress just in case my girls want me to dress up and dance around with them (we've done this all of 2 times in their 4 and 6 years of life).
Much of my just in case syndrome comes from the fact that we have moved around quite a bit in the past 4 years ~ 5 moves, 4 states, 5 houses. No two houses are a like, and many of my just in case items have proven to be useful at some time or another. But it looks like we are here for more than just a year, quite possibly several years, so I don't need to keep things just in case.
I'm curious, is it just me or did these posts resonate with anyone else?