There are many ways to live, and for us, we love to keep it simple. Micah and I try to be essentialists. This means we do not own anything that we do not need. Everything has a specific purpose. Nothing in our closets, bags or storage areas is there because “we may need it at some point”.
We only have few possessions. All our clothes, for example, fit inside one backpack, a useful skill acquired from years of continous travel. We are not minimalists, though. We do not downsize just for the sake of downsizing.
Because just like how collecting possessions without sense or reason is ultimately surrendering control over your life to an unconscious reflex, so is minimizing everything just because. This is our subjective experience with it at least.
Our kitchen is a good example. We cook all our meals, mostly plant-based, and we take joy in doing it right. Sometimes this means having several kitchen equipment going like a food processor, crepe maker, panini press, blender, milk wand, and so on. The small appliances in our kitchen alone will not cut it as minimalist but it is sure essentialist. Everything has a specific purpose. And we use our stuff all the time.
So far, trying to set up our lives like this has served us well. Simple, functional, and effective. It certainly helps with making our lives feel spacious and comfortable, despite only having a very limited number of worldly possessions – or perhaps because of it?
The essentialist approach allows us to focus on what matters to us. There is no waste or distraction. No feelings of limitations either. We have all we need and it feels good. After all, a meaningful life is not about having more but finding out what we can do without. It is all about adding value, not having less.