I believe this cool tag came from Hello Cathy on YouTube, and I thought I’d give it a crack and answer the questions here.
What drew you to minimalism?
The freedom of not being tied down by so much stuff, so I’m free to move about as I please whether that’s moving to a different room, property, city or country. I wrote about this here.
How did you start the decluttering process?
I started with clothes as that was the main thing I had too much of. I did this in a series of sweeps, getting stricter each time. I’ve now moved on to other objects in my apartment, and want to look at decluttering my online stuff and my time.
Have you ever counted all your things? If so, how many things do you own?
No. I don’t think it’s the number of things you have, just that they are all being used and valued.
What are your tips for dealing with the desire for more?
Avoid shopping centres and advertising. Learn to distinguish between want and need.
How do you deal with non-minimalists in your life?
Other people are free to do as they please. If they are going to give me a present I request a voucher or something consumable such as food or drink.
Do you have any guilty pleasures where minimalism doesn't apply?
Books. As well as being a writer, I’m a big reader and prefer actual books to ebooks. I try not to buy too many these days and go to the library instead, but I’m hanging on to my favourite books.