Is there such a thing as too much?
Of course there is.
But is there such a thing as too little?
I think so, specifically with minimalism.
Personally, I feel like I have a ton more time when I own fewer belongings. I get to spend more time with the belongings that I really care about, like my skis and van =D.
So here’s the thing, if you own too many belongings, they own you.
With too much clutter in your life, you become controlled by your belongings because you spend all of your time maintaining them or at least paying money to store and keep these belongings.
After I had graduated college and was moving out of an apartment, I realized how much stuff I had collected over the last 4 years.
Even after 2 thrift store trips and 1 to the dump, I still needed to take 2 carloads and 1 truckload to my parent’s place to move all of my belongings.
I never felt like I had too many belongings, but once I actually accounted for all of them and moved them, I realized how much I had.
It was a ton of useful but not crucial things, like excess clothes and tools/toys in the garage.
Right after moving out of my apartment, I started living out of my car - quite the opposite of too much.
While living out of my car it was amazing to have fewer belongings with me, and to be completely mobile.
This begs the question, when does minimalism go too far?
In my opinion, it is too far when you do it so other people have a specific view of you.
Personally, much less than a van is too much minimalism for me.
From time to time it is nice to travel out of a backpack, but only for a few weeks at a time.