The BBC and Boing Boing recently profiled Kelly Sutton, a 22 year old Brooklyn software engineer, whose goal it is to live with as little “stuff” in his life as possible. According to the Boing Boing article:
He says he has gotten rid of all of his possessions, save for his laptop, an iPad, an Amazon Kindle, two external hard drives, a ‘few’ articles of clothing, and bed sheets for a mattress that was left in his newly rented apartment.
Interestingly, this doesn’t appear to be a kind of 1970’s era “back to the earth” ascetic impulse. While it is an attempt to have less “stuff” to worry about and take care of, one of the real reasons this is possible is because so much stuff has become digital.
A Kindle is one thing, but can display an unlimited amount of books. Or here is another personal example: I have a library of over 214 audio books through audible.com. The books are stored on the audible.com servers, and if I want to listen to one, I just download it to my mp3 player.
This kind of minimalism appeals to me to a degree. I already feel like my “office” is really the backpack where I tote my laptop, headset, webcam, and a few other essentials. Whether I sit at a desk, a table, on the couch, or in my truck, I have my office with me.
Here are a few interesting sites:
- Unclutter.com: “Unclutterer is the blog about getting and staying organized. A place for everything, and everything in its place is our gospel.”
- Tiny House Blog: There is something appealing about the idea of a tiny house.
- The Fly Lady: She’s been doing this since 2001.
- And on the opposite end of the spectrum: A&E Hoarders