Love people, use things—the opposite never works.
On Saturday, 23 October 2010, I posted the first blog entry to my Declutter100 project, an attempt to take one hundred hours to explore minimalism.
Nearly two months later, a comment from a chap named ‘Josh (one half of the minimalists)’ started a conversation which transitioned into a friendship (including the other one as well).
The Minimalists have forged a movement and rallying cry towards a simpler and fuller life through their writings, talks and wonderful storytelling.
Last night I watched their documentary (finally, sorry guys) and was reminded again about how living intentionally, without forced consumption and expectations of ownership, increases the richness of the moment plus amplifies the essential experiences of human relationships:
How might your life be better with less? MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life—families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker—all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.
Watch the film although be prepared to have it question your habits, ideas of success and consumerist lifestyle.
Well done Ryan and Josh for this great achievement and thanks for doing what you do.
A great tool to use when scoping business ideas (both large / small and not just social entrepises).
Devised by David Clearwater, Venture Manager at Hikurangi Foundation with inspiration from the Social Lean Canvas (obviously).
Since starting the Declutter100 project I’ve been devouring and digesting loads of minimal related videos, ebooks, blogs, podcasts… there is a wealth of fantastic guidance, insights, tips and strategies out there for newbies like me. Thought it was time to contribute to the cause…
As I’m still an amateur was thinking of acting as a curator of knowledge rather than originator—here’s my intention: 100 minimalists sharing in a 100 words anything they want (an idea, a story, a practice, a lyric, a quote, anything…) on the subject of minimalism.
All responses will be aggregated into a free ebook. Simple, huh? If you’ve completed the form below feel free to publicise this project using #declutter100
Originally published on Declutter100—never got enough participants so didn’t go anywhere!
Over the past few months I’ve been getting more and more into the ideas and philosophy behind minimalism. Blogs such as Far Beyond The Stars, Exile Lifestyle and Minimal (to name but a few) have spurred me into action with my very own Decluttering My Life In 100 Hours project.
“100 hours devoted to decluttering my life in pursuit of a minimalistic lifestyle. Simple as.”
Join me for the journey…
Scene from my recent USA trip—working the minimalism way.