Have any of you read this book? I just brought it home from the library today and, to be honest, I'm a little scared to read it. I went out for lunch yesterday, leaving Gerry and three of his friends to begin emptying the house for the much-anticipated floor refinishing. All the boxes I've filled over the past few weeks had to be moved out to the garage, along with all the smaller pieces of furniture in the house. When I got home and walked in, I found an empty dining room, a sparsely furnished living room, a bathroom that's down to the bare essentials, and a wide open expanse in the bedroom where our bed used to be.
I love it this way.
I don't want to bring it all back in.
Now I know I'm never going to truly be a minimalist or live with only 100 personal possessions (for ANY period of time), but I am really beginning to see the advantages to paring back--way back--and reading this book or the author's blog might just set something in motion. I suppose I was primed for this reaction, considering the utter chaos this house has been in for the past few weeks. I also read The Moneyless Man recently which had gotten me thinking more about simplicity and consumerism. So I'm not going to do anything drastic just yet, but I'm going to use this time while the house is emptied out to really think about what I really need and why I'm hanging onto things.
Have any of you done a drastic paring down at any time? Do you try to live simply or minimally? Thoughts? Experiences?
P.S. Samina! You won the book giveaway, but I do not have your address! Drop me a line!