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  1. I keep the bedroom tech-free. not even a clock. makes for a better sleep I think.

  2. Fantastic! I myself love the idea of a tech free room – especially in today’s world where we can live in it 24/7. I’ve recently started turning off my phone (seems crazy but I used to NEVER do it) for large blocks of time – say 5-6 hours – and I put it somewhere out of the way like in a drawer, to literally tune out. It feels SO good to do this and I feel mentally clear and uncluttered to have the break. Thanks for the great blog!

  3. Rebecca

    Great post! I think most people think of minimalism as an all or nothing deal. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s whatever works to allow you a little extra freedom from things.

  4. Richard Gay

    I’ve begun to listen to podcasts lately, as an alternative to a news channel while driving, and as an alternative to watching television. The podcasts are really much more interesting! The subject matter is captivating, my attention skills are exercised, and my imagination is stimulated in a way that television almost never achieves. I know this isn’t the same thing as turning off the electronics (or phone), but it’s a very beneficial change.

  5. There’s always such an emphasis on minimalism in the physical sense – with a tendency for that “Oh don’t you know, I only have 5 possessions now” mentality to take centre stage. It’s so nice to read a post that doesn’t try to force feed that single-faceted mentality Courtney, or indeed a one-size-fits-all domgma.

    Relief indeed for the likes of me, who are staunch advocates of minimalism of time and task, and yet live their lives swamped by physical clutter. :-)

    Thank you for a great, conviction strengthening post.

  6. I wonder if I could get my husband to agree to a technology free bedroom… I wonder if I could do it! We’d have to get another kind of alarm clock then, I suppose. Do they even still make non-digital alarm clocks??

    • Erin

      Yes, they do still make key-wound alarm clocks. I think I got mine at the nearby drugstore (Rite Aid, maybe?) or of course you can easily order one online. I have used one since I was a little kid because I always preferred the ringing bell to that MEEP MEEP electric buzzer noise.

  7. Thank you, Courtney. CJ and I have enjoyed a much happier life since we started to simplify. We simplified in many ways before we even started to clear out much of the clutter. In fact, we first began by simplifying our time which has been the most beneficial to us. Now that we have worked on healthy eating, fitness, and our time, we are ready to tackle our STUFF! I should add that, while we were not giving away or selling things up until last spring, we were not acquiring more. That, in itself, was freeing!

    I love the line “our lives cannot be a competition on either end of the spectrum.” I noticed that trying to get rid of everything at once was actually creating stress!

  8. Some great new projects to explore. I’m enjoying finding the right balance for both my physical belongings and my schedule. So I guess I’m enjoying minimalism :)

  9. Minimalism can be quite scary when your identity for the past ten years has been defined by the stuff you have and buy, like I had been in my late teens, and early twenties. Removing the burden of approval and identity from my stuff resulted in an emptiness, I wasn’t ready for. I had to go travelling for 9 months, with very little stuff, to realize that I do not need anything external to be who I am. I am good enough as is. Thanks for the post.

  10. Courtney, it’s great to see you writing!

    As a musician, I have fallen in love with the process of growth and honing my craft. I see minimalism the same way; we may never truly reach the “place” (or will we?), but the journey feels enlightening for sure. Enjoy the process…

  11. Since we’re moving soon, I’ve been living out of a suitcase. I’ve packed probably 80% of my clothes and, like you said, I pretty much only use the remaining 20% in any given week, anyway. It’s pretty interesting to see just how little we can – and already do – get by with.

  12. This article really speaks to me, especially “There is something powerful about empty time and space to think and move…” Thanks you, Courtney.

  13. We have a technology free bedroom except for two alarm clocks. It’s a very peaceful place without all the glowing screens.

  14. I don’t find minimalism stark, empty and lonely at all–I find it peaceful, freeing, and clean. Thanks for espousing it and guiding us along the journey toward it.

  15. b+

    I live 6 month of the year in a SNOW BIRD community. Living with less in a very small space is like a breath of fresh air. I reuse other peoples discards and have created a home for my husband and I that is aesthetically pleasing while costing almost nothing. We have learned to live in style on a minimalists budget. I love it.

    b+

  16. I think minimalism looks different for everyone. It’s really a matter of paring down in every aspect of life, then adding back ONLY what we need or truly enjoy.

    Bethany@Journey to Ithaca (formerly Our So-Called Life)

  17. Chelsea G

    Thank you for sharing this excellent post!

  18. Debra

    Miss Britt Buy a Zen clock, it’s battery operated, no light on the dial and you will wake up to chimes. Love mine.

  19. I ignored minimalism for a long time because I assumed that it meant getting rid of almost everything I own, living with almost no decorations or pictures on the walls, etc. This is the only version of it I’d seen. Then I found Project 333 and, through it, this site, and my eyes have been opened. My biggest area of clutter now is physical clutter, and I have been trying to figure out how to tackle it. I have already gotten rid of so much, but I know there’s a lot more do get rid of, too. I’m gearing up to try Project 333 – I’m hoping to get that going in the next week or so. Yay! Thanks for the inspiration and the new perspective!

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