I tend to be a high anxiety perfectionist and for many many years have "organized" my life with elaborate to-do lists and systems for recurring tasks. Recently, I started getting into minimalism and decided at the beginning of this year when I couldn't find a planner I liked to just go cold turkey and try to live my life without a to do list. I instantly felt so much better - like I was actually living my life and paying attention to things and people rather than always being stressed about the checking off the next thing on my list. If I saw something that needed to be done I did it and then effing relaxed. The only problem was, I did sometimes forget things that were important but not right in front of me for whatever reason, like ordering my dog's meds or reserving a car for an upcoming vacation. So, I am wondering: is there a middle way? Something that will help me remember the important things I tend to forget but not tempt me to overplan my life?
Can you recommend some beautiful, minimalistic music for me? [more inside]
When I travel, I sometimes like to pick up better-quality versions of everyday household objects that I already own -- both because sometimes the quality is much higher than what I can get in the U.S., and also because doing it feeds my desire for a souvenir without adding any clutter to my life. Soon I'll be in Helsinki for a few days, and I'd like to buy some high-quality, packable, practical, useful objects. What are the Finnish people particularly good at making? [more inside]
After years of maximalism, I want to become more of a minimalist (not extreme living-in-the-woods-money-free, but significantly more minimal than I am now) in the areas of financial spending and personal possessions. I want to declutter my home, pay off my debts as quickly as possible, fatten my savings and be happy living a life with less. What are the best books or blogs on this topic? What are your personal strategies or tips? How do I do this without going crazy?
I love the minimalism of Young Marble Giants and The xx - and in online reviews the term "negative space" describes just what I like about them. So, what else should I listen to?
I'm looking for recommendations for a chair, but it needs to fufill four requirements. I need it to be very comfortable. I would like to be able to put it away out of sight easily, so bonus if it's foldable or compactable (but of the two, comfort is more important than put-away-ibility). I would like it to be under $100 if that's possible, but could go a bit above if needed. And finally, in a perfect world it could hold a 330-lb. man (me), but it at least needs to hold someone in their 260s. [more inside]
My sweetie and I are doing some big redesign stuff in our house, and I am trying to find design/furniture/decorating inspiration. I am looking specifically for blog that go beyond the minimalist look. [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for readings on minimalist lifestyles / simplifying that deal with the emotional angle as well as the logical one. Do you have any? [more inside]
My brother is a vagabond ski-bum, who lives in a tree house in the summer, cooks on a camp stove, and lives off of oatmeal, rice and beans, ramen, cans of tuna, and PB+Js. He does not like "owning things." I'm going to civilize him a little bit by sending him a selection of spices for Christmas. BUT they need to be able to kept in a backpack or in a shoebox or something, take up very little space and weight. Any suggestions on A. How to package them? and B) Which herbs and spices you think I MUST INCLUDE? [more inside]
My mom's uncle left me a "Heritage of America Coin Collection" when he died several years ago. I'm trying to decide if I should sell/get rid of it or not. [more inside]
I absolutely adore minimalist, bare-bones style, and I can't get enough of looking at big, spacious home interiors with almost no clutter. I'd like to find books or online resources like Taschen's 100 Contemporary Houses, just not $60. [more inside]
How do you deal with competing desires to track and have things, histories, libraries (bookmarks, favorites, notes, saved emails, filled-up calendars, etc) and yet also be unattached and minimalist (get rid of things, be unhindered, untraceable, simple and de-cluttered)? [more inside]
I would like to have bare minimum possessions in my house. Is there a good online guide anywhere for doing this? [more inside]
What are some items you purchased that have had the net effect of simplifying your life or reducing the clutter in your home? [more inside]
Looking for more composers to listen to, especially in the minimal/post-minimal vein. List of composers I like included in full text. [more inside]
I read somewhere an interesting quote that was along the lines of 'the entire world is my self-storage space'. The thought went on to say something like 'Amazon.com and other retailers simply hold on to my possessions until I need them. Then I pull these items out of storage and pay a fee for the trouble of managing my inventory.' Those lines aren't verbatim, and I cannot find the quote in my browser history. Where is it from?
Minimal gong-filter: Help me find an elusive recording! [more inside]
Really loving the super-wide angle, minimalist photo compositions of yosigo (Jose Javier) on Flickr. How does he do it? [more inside]
It's a minimalist album, the title of which is a chess move...it exists, right? [more inside]
Need music suggestions for a specific style -- minimalist, guitar-heavy, dense, layered, trance-like. Recent example: Silversun Pickups' "Lazy Eye." [more inside]
I first saw it on a postage stamp. Now I really (pathologically) like Josef Alber's Homage to the Square: Glow. Looking for suggestions work that expresses similar emotions (with caveats inside). Also, I would love to get a print of it and/or see it some time before I die. It doen't seem to have been exhibited for 14 years. I understand nothing about art museums or prints. Please help. [more inside]
What other orchestral music should I try next? [more inside]