This is the third time we'll be moving in three years. I guess you can say that not being a home owner has "purchased" us the right to mobility. A lot of it, if needed.
I have learned so much while on this journey of slow living and simplicity, and one thing is definitely worth noting: it takes more effort to dispose than to acquire.
A more simplistic lifestyle does come with its challenges. To be part of a culture where the pursuit of the American dream is idolized and materialism, the norm, I can't think of a more brave movement to join than minimalism and slow living.
This book is so practical and such an easy read... I totally recommend it, regardless if you're not ready for the new Japanese minimalism in any way.
Once we began decluttering, or minimizing, the effects spill on to different areas of our lives; even our vacations look different now. I'm not saying we won't ever go on a big trip or anything like that, but life is simpler now, and the 52 weekends we have a year have become our ideal in relaxation.
As my grandmother used to say, "sound pollution" has become a constant in our lives. It's almost unescapable.
From the time I was single and still living with my parents, my twin sister and I entertained the idea of living in a studio apartment. Even though that never took place, years later, and now married, I finally had the opportunity to reside, for just over a year, in a studio apartment with my husband.