mnmlist: confessions of a minimalist

by Leo Babauta

I have to confess that in recent years, I’ve often lost my minimalist way.

The reason is that I get caught up in an obsession, and then I let myself give in to impulses.

For example:

None of this is very minimalist, and I don’t have any justification for any of it. Much of it is still cluttering up my closet or garage and I can’t bear to get rid of it all because a) it was expensive and b) I still have hopes of using a lot of it. I confess, those are not good reasons to keep a bunch of stuff I don’t use.

Why did I give in to these urges? Mostly because I was hopeful of having a life that used them. I had fantasies, I think, of being a good chess player, a long- distance hiker, an ultrarunner, etc. And I got attached to those fantasies and then felt I needed to buy the things to support that lifestyle.

I don’t need those fantasies. I don’t need to become anything other than I am.

I don’t need the equipment to be active, enjoy the outdoors, play a simple game of chess, play with my kids. I can get by with less.

I don’t need to hoard all of that stuff. I can keep a few things, sell the rest.

I am still learning.