Re: Why are you a minimalist?
I personally am a minimalist and have been since my late teens really. I am just not super into stuff. I grew up with a mom who is a hoarder and a dad who used to be pretty close to a minimalist (although he has strayed as he has gotten older) and I was just always drawn to my dad's way of life.
When I started having kids everything went crazy and we ended up with WAY more stuff than any one person needs for our oldest. I kept it better for DS and started the journey to have my family live a minimalist lifestyle right before our youngest was born (she is 14 months old). For me it just seems like the right way to be. I am not sure how to explain it but I have just always been kinda simple. I wear the same pair of shoes everyday, I wear the same jeans almost every day, I wear a band shirt most days (have 5 and just switch between them). When I decided to get serious about this I realized just how much stuff had made its way into our home without really realizing it.
Minimalist just seems right to me and the quicker cleaning is an awesome bonus!
The only time you should look in your neighbor's bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don't look in your neighbor's bowl to see if you have as much as them.