31 Responses to “Less Is Not Nothing”


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  1. Holly

    Just recently I realized that I have 50+ pairs of earrings, but I regularly wear only 4 or 5 pair. I used to buy earrings because I was unhappy and the momentary thrill of something new made me feel better. Now that I am happier I find that I don’t need the momentary thrill — or the drawer full of earrings! I’m enjoying finding new homes for the ones I don’t need or use. Getting rid of something, even something as small as earrings, seems to open more space and possibility in my life.

    • Benny

      I agree Holly, same here. Getting rid of just one thing will clear space. I notice it myself with work. So much paperwork and sometimes everything seems important. Every month I try to clear the paper load.
      What did you do with the earrings? Are they all gone? (beside the 4/5 that you wear)

  2. Great explanation, Courtney! I find some folks really can embrace the idea of simplifying but freak out as soon as they hear the words minimalist/minimalism. It can be so much of a hurdle that I usually use simplicity/simple instead…even though on a practical level, for many of us, we’re speaking of the same thing.

    I especially appreciate your comments about striving for simplicity/minimalism in a family setting–you definitely don’t want to try to force others to follow against their will. As with most things, the example you set will win more followers than any of the words you say.

    Thanks for a great post!

  3. I used to sell silver jewelry I’m selling it on Ebay because I never dress up for work like I did as a psychologist. I’m getting a tent for camping with my money…shhh don’t tell hubs, he only likes hotels!LOL

  4. This post is exactly what I needed to read! I am definitely the minimalist instigator in my household, and it has been difficult for me to accept that my husband has different needs and wants than myself. For example, while I am perfectly content to give up the car as a full time SAHM, my husband, who works far enough away from our home that bike commuting would not be practical, is understandably hesitant. Finding a balance within your family when both partners have different ideals can be a challenge, but this post reminds me to be open to the fact that my husband and I do not have to do everything the same way.

    In Christ,
    Anne Marie

  5. This is a great point. As someone who blogs about how to live more simply through foods and cooking, I see minimalism as a way of living. While I could buy processed foods and do one big shopping once a month at a big box store, I find more satisfaction in buying just the amount of foods needed, and eating simple foods with few ingredients.

  6. i like this post very much. Getting rid of stuff just to reach some goal has never rang true in my heart but I love how you explained it here.”Your stuff does not define you, but does contribute to your story.” That sums it up for me. Choosing what you live with is as important as choosing what you don’t. :)

  7. While we are talking about having less, what we are actually looking at is having ‘better’. If we get rid of all the extraneous stuff, we can enjoy a few really good things. Food is a good example. We can buy a bunch of junk, or we can buy a few hgh quality, high flavor items to enjoy.

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