Minimalism OR Living Simply

Is living in an RV considered a MINIMALIST life or a similar lifestyle called SIMPLE LIVING?  We think so. 

Minimalism OR living simply, is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions. There is no official definition of either, and in fact they are actually whatever you say they are. Our understanding of minimalism is that each person pares down his/her life to the absolute minimum they think they need to live happily and comfortably with.  We know many RVers who have much less stuff than we do, and others who have much more. They carry things we don’t consider necessary, and we carry things they don’t consider necessary, but we are all minimalists, since we each have gotten down to what we think is our minimum amount of possessions. Believe me, it is an ongoing experience. On a regular basis we go through our RV and examine everything in it to decide if it really is necessary. Every item has to justify the space and energy it takes.  Ed and I have found the longer our wheels stay put – the more objects find their way into our home.  Once this happens, we must go through a purge to get rid of the CRAP.

You do not need a bunch of STUFF to make you happy.  We used to think that the more we have, the happier we will be.  When you convince yourself this, you surround yourself with useless CRAP and spending the money that you could be using for EXPERIENCES. So we say goodbye to a lot of things, many of which we had for years. And yet now we live each day a bit happier. Think about how much better your life would be if you could get rid of so much stuff you could move into a RV.  Ultimately, all we have is our time, it is the most precious thing in our lives, and we squander it away by buying and warehousing more-and-more stuff. 

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