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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:05 AM

The most frugal,
. . . or greenest product,
. . . is the one you didn’t buy.
Simply to transfer our spending habits,
, , , from conventional, to eco-friendly sources,
. . . doesn't really fix anything.


3-7-2018 Source:  Follow the Money: #Minimalism

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 06:50 AM

The importance of removing everything from a space,
. . . when selecting what to keep, and
. . . what to purge.

“We become so accustomed to seeing certain things in certain places,
. . . it’s like they’ve earned the right to be there (whether they belong there or not).
It’s tempting to say, ‘Oh, I know that’ll stay,
. . . so I’ll just leave it there for now, and
. . . work around it.’

“The broken chair, that’s been in the corner of your living room, for as long as you can remember,
. . . seems to have staked its claim to the space;
. . . it’s like a member of the family, and
. . . it feels disloyal to move it.
But once it’s out in the backyard,
. . . with the light of day shining on it,
. . . it’s suddenly nothing more than an old, forlorn broken chair.”

Items must be divided into:
. . . . . . Trash,
. . . . . . Treasure, or
. . . . . . Transfer (to give away),
. . . always placed in black garbage bags where you cannot see, and second-guess your decision.
Everything should be:
. . . . . . Handled,
. . . . . . Questioned, and
. . . . . . Justified.
Everything that remains is divided into:
. . . . . . Inner Circle,
. . . . . . Outer Circle, and
. . . . . . Deep Storage, based on frequency of use.

Think of flat surfaces as slippery,
. . . in order to discourage the accumulation of stuff:
“If [surfaces] were slick as ice, or tilted just a few degrees,
. . . nothing would be able to stay on them for very long.
We’d be able to do our business,
but then anything left over would slide right off.”

“There’s no master list of what’s in a minimalist home.
. . . No decree outlines the items we should have in our:
. . . . . . kitchens,
. . . . . . living rooms,
. . . . . . bathrooms, or
. . . . . . bedrooms.
In fact, contrary to popular belief,
. . . there’s not even a magic number.
It doesn’t matter if you own:
. . . . . . 50,
. . . . . . 500, or
. . . . . . 5,000 things,
. . . what matters is whether it’s just enough,
. . . (and not too much) for you.
You must determine your own list of must-haves,
. . . then narrow your stuff down to match it.”

3-7-2018 Source:  The Joy of Less

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