August 20, 2009

Minimalism: Eliminating the Unnecessary

Iroquois Beach, Hawaii,Photo by mandolin davis on Flickr

A ramble on Simple Living...

"... composition in art is always about what is necessary, and eliminating everything else. If it's not contributing to the composition, it's weakening it. So I just figured that the same thing goes for every work of art, and every life. If it's not contributing, it's weakening."

Jay Schafer, Tumbleweed Tiny Homes
2/23/09 interview on Constructing a Simpler Life blog

Leo Babauta echoes this thought in a recent post on Zen Habits, The Minimalist Principle: Omit Needless Things.

This can be applied to so many things in life: housing, food, clothing, transportation, household goods, toys, keepsakes, and commitments.

A nice goal might be to decide what is the least amount you need to be happy and declutter your life by eliminating the excess.

update: Leo has a new blog,, that has more information on minimalist living.