Man, life can really throw you for a loop when you least expect it. Or when you plan for it for several months. As you may or may not know, I just returned from Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. If you're not familiar, Burning Man is a week-long event that takes place in a temporary city built by 70,000 participants who all come to celebrate life, love, art, music, and each other. In preparation, our camp had several meetings a month for the last couple months leading up to the event. We built structures and swamp coolers, we created a meal plan for ten people over nine days that would fit into five coolers, we coordinated costumes, and built interactive artwork. All in all, it's an immense amount of work to make it out there and be comfortable. So as you might imagine, my blogging routine has suffered.Read More
Now that you have an immaculate desktop in your computer, we need to work on your desktop in meatspace. Anyone who uses a computer for work or at home most likely has a space dedicated to their computer. Laptops, desktops, iMacs, or even paper notebooks, drills, hammers, and hair dryers. Whatever you use, the area surrounding you probably has a few more items on it than you'd prefer. That pile of tax-related papers here. Three plates and a cup from the last couple days of late-nighters there. Countless pens and pencils. Some crumbs from that crispy crostini you nibbled on for lunch. Over time, this mass of stuff builds and builds until you give in to the battle and stop trying altogether. This is nothing to be ashamed about though; there is still hope for you. We can get through this together. Take my hand.Read More
So far at The Minimal Minute, I have focused on writing single blog posts each about one different topic, often revolving around saving money by living simply. These posts, however, are often focused more on the content than on my own adaptations of the techniques. In this post, and moving forward, I will start to bring more of my own personality into the bloodstream of The Minimal Minute.
Today, I want to take you guys through a day in my life. The focus will be on minimalist habits and tips, but other things may surface as we go.Read More
As a species, we are built to hold on to things that we think hold value. In early civilizations, these tendencies helped keep us alive - holding on to tools, food, and shelter. But now that literal survival is not really a day-to-day concern, we have developed the artificial need to own more and more.Read More