No, It’s Not Impossible to Live a Minimalist Lifestyle With Kids

But I must add here a disclaimer. That I have no kids myself. And though I often advocate an extreme minimalist lifestyle, I recognize, that with kids it’s probably best you don’t live homeless. Doing so alone, the dangers are enough. From which kids should be guarded at all costs, any dangers at-all.

But that is not to say, that with kids you can’t survive simply, with very little like a minimalist. You can, certainly. I’m positive—only speculating. Though I do have nieces and nephews, and plenty of young cousins afterall. So I do know something of the nature of children.

And their nature is like anyone’s. Connection they crave most of all, kids. And at their most basic level, they need fed of course, kept warm, with plenty of sleep.

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Why Millennials Are So Attracted to Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

I divide millennials into 2 categories. There’s conservative millennials. Who went to university, got nice corporate jobs. These are the majority.

And then there’s everyone else—minimalist millennials, I call these, even if they’ve not yet turned minimalists. And it’s these who are so drawn to minimalism. Because for the most part, they are poor already.

If you’re a millennial, and you’ve not attended university and received a degree, it’s very difficult you’ll find a job that pays much. Or maybe luckily you have found a job that pays well. In which case then, you’ve joined the ranks of those other millennials, those conservative millennials. Because you are comfortable now, living-off of that same system your parents lived—the 9-to-5 drudgery.

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Some Benefits of Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

Who wants less stuff—possessions? Stuff is good. It makes life so much more bearable, and enjoyable. It makes life so much more comfortable.

But I disagree.

It’s not stuff we need to live a good life. Which is the goal afterall, to live a good life, to pass our time here on Earth as goodly as possible. But it’s in fact stuff—junk—which most distracts us from living a good life.

That’s not to say, that with a bunch of stuff, you can’t live a good life. You can, certainly. Why not? But having a bunch of stuff is more an hindrance—a distraction—to living a good life. Especially if you already believe you’re not living a good life—searching for change perhaps, how to begin living like a minimalist, for example.

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Extreme Minimalist Lifestyles

Minimalism at its most extreme is being homeless. The homeless have no place to put their things with any security. And so, they have nothing.

Yet they survive still, you see. Unless crippled by drug or alcohol abuse, or mental illness, which many homeless unfortunately are. Or why else would you be homeless, living outside like a dog? Unless you’re a bit outside your mind.

But you can be homeless to your benefit. If you’ll work, and keep clear your head. Especially to-day, with the cost of living—even just the basics to stay alive, food, shelter, and clothing—so high and only rising.

Since shelter is by far the largest expense of modern life, if you live outside, and work, you can save some money very quickly, having to pay nothing for a place to lay your head.

We only make so much at our 9-to-5 jobs, now, afterall. And the cost of housing is a proportionally large chunk of the money an average income makes in the area in which you live—the scam it is. If stuck working a job at average income,—which many are who’ve not attended university, well below average even—paying for shelter leaves only a tiny amount of cash remaining from your paycheck. And then after you pay for food and the utility bills,—gas, electric, water, phone—you’ve no money left to save—and nevermind healthcare!

Or even so, if you did attend college. You go to where are jobs. But to live in these areas is proportionally just as expensive. You make more at work, sure, with your college degree. But you pay more to live too.

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How to Begin Living a Minimalist Lifestyle

The only way to begin living like a minimalist, I’m convinced, is to throw away all the junk,—everything, all of it—in one swift, violent move. It all goes in the trash.

Maybe 3 pairs of clothes you keep, a pot, a skillet, a wooden spoon, a fork, a knife, a plate, a cup, a computer, your phone, a couple toiletry items, soap, a towel or 2, a razor, deodorant, nail-clippers, tweezers. Everything else goes in the trash. Just do it, or you never will.

Or else you make compromises. Well maybe I can just keep this chair instead of this chair. At least I threw away one of the 3 couches. And I can’t just pitch this outfit. Grandma gave it to me that one year for Christmas. It has so many memories attached.

But that’s the problem with junk, you see. Once you have it, you become attached. But it’s just stuff. Once it’s out of sight, it will be out of mind. You’ll see.

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