Today’s Minimalist Miscellany links cover a variety of topics, from apps to help you sell unwanted stuff to an online community of black minimalists.
Want to sell your extra stuff? Decluttering? Yes, There’s an App provides a list of apps designed to simplify selling all that stuff you don’t want anymore.
In What It’s Like To Stick To Wearing Only 33 Items For Three Months, two women write about participating in Project 333. One, a textile designer, writes, “I think the biggest challenge for me is finding a balance between having pieces I can mix and match, without creating a bland and boring wardrobe. I love textiles, and am obsessed with prints, colour and texture. However, those things often create statement pieces that don’t mix and match well.”
It’s true that most minimalist bloggers are white, but there is more diversity out there than you might think. Check out Black Minimalists, “a community of individuals who identify as black, and live a minimalist lifestyle.”
Henrik Edberg shares 21 Small Ways to Make Life Simpler, including “Write it all down,” and “Don’t make mountains out of molehills.”
Overwhelmed? 10 ways to feel less busy begins with “Accept defeat.” Oliver Burkeman says, “It’s literally impossible to get everything done – time is limited; ‘everything’ isn’t – and that’s great news, because it means you needn’t feel guilty for failing.”
When the Gospel of Minimalism Collides With Daily Life talks about the challenges and downsides of minimalism, with a particular emphasis on living in tiny spaces.
Conversely, Think You Need More Home? Try Minimalism Instead, points out that those buying new homes “now live in an average of 1,052 square feet per person, as opposed to just 292 square feet per person back in 1950.”
The Art of Enough quotes Annie Leonard (creator of The Story of Stuff), “The average person now consumes twice as much as 50 years ago.”
In How a Things-Obsessed Girl Found Happiness in Minimalism, Diana Adams says of minimalism, “I’ll admit, when I first heard about it, I didn’t think it was for me. After all, I’ve always been a ‘things girl.’ I have a lot of things. Most of them are pink, or have a Star Wars character on them. I’m also a tech fanatic, and as an early adopter… you name it, I either have or had it.”