Minimalism


Choice in America

Americans are obsessed with choice. I travelled here three weeks ago to stay with my girlfriend for a couple of months. Since then I’ve had to make an astounding number of choices. The local grocery store has 85 types of breakfast cereal to choose from (though not the type of ‘crunchy muesli’ that I like […]

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too much choice cereal

A minimalist Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! (Or for those of you who dislike the Christian religious connotation of the event: happy holidays!) I hope that you’re all enjoying the things about Christmas that count, and ignore the things that don’t count or that just provide unnecessary stress. What doesn’t count Christmas is not about presents. I firmly believe […]

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Minimalist Christmas

The hidden cost of minimalism

There are many reasons to be a minimalist: freedom, happiness, sustainability, peace of mind. One more ‘down to earth’ reason is: money. By being a minimalist you generally save a lot of money, since you don’t spend it on crap you don’t need. That means you can either work less and enjoy more leisure time, […]

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Cost of renting versus buying

The paradox of choice

The paradox of choice

Yesterday I stumbled upon the TED talk ‘The paradox of choice‘ by Barry Schwartz, based on his book of the same title. The talk was given some years ago, but I hadn’t come across it before. In his lecture Schwartz explains how, paradoxically, having more choice isn’t better for us. In fact, it can cause […]

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Can I borrow a cup of sugar? 7

This weekend I came across an amazing new initiative: Peerby. It is one in the same category as Airbnb and BlaBlaCar: an online marketplace that connects individuals who have something directly with those who need that something, cutting out the middle man. There is a big difference though: with Peerby there is no money involved. […]

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Can I borrow a cup of sugar?

Packing light

Buy what you need, not what you want 5

For the past week I’ve been pretty busy, so there haven’t been any blog updates. I’m expanding one of my affiliate sites to other countries. I think there are some profitable, yet untapped markets out there, of which I want to take advantage. So I’m working on a strategy for that, and hiring people to […]

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Living the dream on 12 square metres 3

This week I came across the video below (thanks to a tweet by Joshua Becker). It is about an American couple, Tammy and Logan, who drastically changed their lives and moved into a 12 square metre house they built themselves. They quit their jobs (which they hated), sold most of their possessions, and moved into […]

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Tiny house

Trash bins

How to throw things away

Keeping your life confined to two bags and a suitcase requires a constant effort. Yesterday I flew to Budapest, where I will be living for the next half year or so. This meant I that I spent most of the day before on packing everything I would need during the coming months. And, more importantly, […]

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