I just read a really inspiring NY Times article, “But Will It Make You Happ?” about living with less and being happier, and it’s got me thinking. It’s a story that begins with a couple who got rid of their two-bedroom apartment, two cars, and $30,000 in debt, while cutting down their personal items to just 100 things. They now live happier in a 400-square-foot studio and one of them is able to work from home.
I have had many periods of genuine happiness living in Buenos Aires, and after reading this article I can’t help but think that some of the forced pairing down of “things” as a result of my move here has been part of the reason. Long ago, when I started my clothing addiction my mom warned me that the upkeep of all these clothes was going to become exhausting. Buying higher quality and fewer nicer items would keep me looking good but with less effort, she cautioned. To this day, I don’t think I have fully taken her advice but moving my life to Buenos Aires has taught me a lot about living with less.
In New York I lived in a really tiny studio apartment and was shocked to learn just how much stuff I had managed to acquire in that small space when I was forced to package everything I owned in a box to put into storage. Read the rest of this entry »