I am very excited to the the Minimalism Film tonight with my wife. I’m glad I saw the news early (thanks for the ever-marvelous and Sir Appearing in this Film Patrick Rhone. I don’t know if I had any questions to ask, but I’ve always benefited from listening to the other’s questions.
Before our documentary hits theaters on May 24, 2016, Joshua and Ryan will visit a bunch of cities to premiere the film in front of a live audience. At each event they will give a brief talk, and then show the documentary in its entirety. After the film they will record a live version of “Ask The Minimalists” for their podcast.
Tumblr adds posts to my Dashboard in trying to get me to follow more blogs.
Twitter adds paid advertisements in trying to sell me things.
Facebook is one giant ad.
All of these services constantly recommend people they feel I’d enjoy following.
What if there was a site that gave you less? What about instead of recommending new people to follow or ads to buy from offered you a quieter experience?
Have you been following a person for years and never liking or sharing anything they post. What if the site asked you why you still followed them?
What about an RSS feed that you skip or skimmed through everyday? What if your RSS reader tracked your reading time versus post length. Then asked if you still wanted to read it.
I don’t want my media to ask me about new things. The purpose is not to replace what I read now with other things. I don’t want a paid-for promotion system. I don’t want the network to guess who I’d also like to follow.
I use Tiny Tiny RSS for my RSS reading. I host it on my server. I like it for a number of reasons, but one of them is it shows me inactive and troublesome feeds.
I can see who has not written in weeks or even years and remove those feeds. I can see what feeds are showing errors. Then I can visit the site and see if the feed has changed. Or if the site is gone, remove it.
It’s a simple feature but it goes a little way towards removing the cruft of social media and helping me trim down my lists.
This weekend I read The Minimalists journey into minimalism. They broke it down into 21 days and explained minimalism to them isn’t getting rid of things for the sake of getting rid of them but to declutter your life.
It was an eye-opening read. They set forth their plan from the beginning where the should became a must. When something is a should in life, it’s not a high enough priority to get done. When something turns into a must then it will be done because it’s no longer optional. By changing something from should to must, it means you’re dedicated to doing it because you must do it.
They walk through their planning and packing all their worldly belongings and only unpacking what they needed as they needed it. They talked about getting support for their lifestyle choice, how to get rid of all the stuff they no longer needed and even how minimalism played into their healthy choices.
I am not headed down a route into minimalism myself. Though I have taken some of their practices and ideas to heart. After reading the 21 articles, I felt motivated to get up and sort through all of my clothing.
I made a donate and a trash pile. Anything in good shape that didn’t fit anymore is going to Goodwill this week. Anything in poor shape is being trashed.
Now that I’ve freed up space in my closet and dresser I am free to get new clothes that fit properly and have fewer holes in them.
I’ve also been going through all the various electronics I have lying around and selling what I can sell and preparing others to donate.
I hold on to many parts and items because I think I may need them someday. The truth is I rarely need them and they’re just taking up space in my apartment and in my life.
I am not trying to make any huge changes but I am focused on a series of small changes to improve my life. Decluttering is just one of those changes.