I am not a minimalist. And I don't aspire to be one. But, I do like order. I do like having enough to meet our needs without holding on to extras, "just in case." I do believe that less can be more. I do find that, trite though it may be, the more you own the more it ends up owning you.
I've always admired that quote from Thoreou that says, "...my greatest skill is to want but little..." I aspire to that. I'm simple. I like to keep a simple, tidy, functional home, too.
See, Matt has been giving me a chance to fulfill my newly spoken vows of "in sickness and in health," by getting a very nasty cold this week. It is just a cold, but since he almost never gets sick Matt doesn't take to it very well. It totally wipes him out--mentally and physically. So he's spent the last several days sleeping, pretty much, with a little reading and tea drinking in between naps. He said he was starting to feel himself again last night though, thank goodness. I prefer to see him being his playful, busy-body self. But, since I had the whole evening to myself two nights back I set about to a fun, little cleaning/decluttering project I learned about earlier that day from Gillie: 101 Physical Things That Can Be Reduced in Your Home
Glassware - 4 (coffee mug, three wine glasses)
|All photos from hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in May 2013|