Francine Jay quotes page 2
Let's take a breather, and reminisce about how carefree and happy we were in college.
coincidentally, that period was likely when we had the least amount of stuff. Life was so
much simpler then: no mortgage, no car payments, no motorboat to insure. Learning, living,
and having fun were far more important than the things we owned.
Sometimes we can feel positively overwhelmed by our to-do-list. We know we have a million
things on it; so we jump from task to task without rhyme or reason, tackling each new chore
as it pops into our head. However, while we're trying to do one thing, we're worrying that
we're not doing another - and may even start to panic that we don't get anything done...
When we set priorities, we take control over our time. We know what needs to be done, and
in what order. We can then focus our energies on wiping out our tasks, rather than worrying
British writer and designer William Morris penned one of my favorite minimalist quotes: "Have
nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
If you're tired of the clutter in your home, the finance charges on your credit card, the
commercialization of your holidays, or the pressure to keep up with the Joneses, you don't
have to accept the status quo. Channel your inner rebel, and fight back.
By simply not buying, we accomplish a world of good: we avoid supporting exploitative labor
practices, and we reclaim the resources of our planet - delivering them from the hands of
corporations into those of our children. It's one of the easiest and most effective ways to
heal the Earth, and improve the lives of its inhabitants.
When our homes - the containers of our daily lives - are overflowing with clutter, our souls
take a backseat to our stuff. We no longer have the time, energy, and space for new
experiences. We feel cramped and inhibited, like we can't fully stretch out and express
As you sort through your items, stop and question each one headed for your Treasure pile.
Nothing gets a free pass!
With minimalist living comes freedom - freedom from debt, from clutter, and from the rat race.
Each extraneous thing you eliminate from your life - be it an unused item, unnecessary
purchase, or unfulfilling task - feels like a weight lifted from your shoulders. You'll have fewer
errands to run, and less to shop for, pay for, clean, maintain, and insure.
If one comes in, one goes out. Every time a new item comes into your home, a similar item
must leave. For every drip into the bucket, there must be one drip out. This strategy ensures
that your household won't flood, and threaten the progress you're making.
We may be reluctant to admit it, but we likely acquired many of our possessions to project a
certain image... Why would we pay double (or even triple) the price for a "luxury" car?
Because automakers pay advertising firms big bucks to convince us that our cars are
projections of ourselves, our personalities, and our positions in the corporate world or social
The best way to reduce is to buy only what we truly need... We should develop a habit of
asking "why" before we buy.
Our homes are our castles, and we devote plenty of resources to defending them. We spray
them with pest control to keep the bugs out; we use air filters to keep pollutants out; and
we have security systems to keep intruders out. What are we missing? A stuff blocker to
keep the clutter out!
Practicing a minimalist lifetyle can sometimes feel like you're swimming upstream. You'll
encounter people who feel threatened by any deviation from the status quo; they'll say you
can't possibly get by without a car, a television, or a full suite of living room furniture. They'll
imply that you're not successful if you don't buy designer clothes, the latest electronic
gadgets, and the biggest house you can afford. They may even go so far as to say you're
unpatriotic, and a threat to the national economy, if you don't consume to your full capacity.