I think I’ve seen the ultimate ‘minimal lifestyle’ person. Alas he is just a character in a film but bear with me.
This started a month ago with Merlin and Dan discussing de-cluttering on Back to Work. Since then I bought Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff, but haven’t read it yet. So I’ve been thinking about all the things I have and don’t use, all the stuff boxed up and stored away.
Last week I watched Up In The Air for the second time. George Clooney’s character Ryan Bingham should be the poster boy for this whole minimal, de-cluttering, less stuff movement. He travels with just one case, he takes just what he needs. His home is a rented flat with a kitchen, living and bedroom area all in one and a bathroom. He has one wardrobe with nothing in it. That is pretty much it. As far as possessions go: a bed and a sofa, no TV, no books, no DVDs, no pictures on the walls, nothing decorative. He has plates, cups, glasses, knives and forks in the kitchen, sheets on the bed and I presume towels in the bathroom. And that’s it. We also find out, during the course of the film, that it is just a rented apartment, no mortgage, no ties, no roots.
What does this let him do?
The question is always asked: If your house was on fire what would you save? You can’t carry your big screen TV out of the flames. Pets? A cat or a dog, but maybe not the goldfish. Family photos?
In the case of Ryan Bingham he could just move when he wanted to, pack everything into a single storage box and his suitcase. Move to a new area, move to a new city.