The Minimal Questions

If you’ve looked at the Minimalist page on my site, you may still have some questions about minimalism.

That page told our story.
Each story is different and now you may have questions.

Here are a few that are common to those new to the concept.


Why be a minimalist?

Rainbow in Portland
Take the time to look up, you might catch a rainbow.

Minimalism is a way to be happy.
Minimalism is a way to enjoying more.
The modern world is full of too much of everything.
When we cut all of that out, we are left with time and a what makes us happy.
Each person has different reasons for being minimalist, yet, everyone had one goal. To be happier.

What good comes out of being a minimalist?

By being “minimalist” MadMan and I have less stress, less debt, less worry, less fear, less obligations, less work, less stuff, and less junk.

Not only do we have less, we have more as well. MadMan and I have more happiness, more joy, more emotion, more time, more money, more memories, more space, and more life.

And yet, that’s not all we have either. By being a minimalist, we have created a better environment, a more peaceful living, a healthier life, and stronger relationships.

In short, by being minimalist, you can help yourself, your relationships, and your world, our world.

Are there any rules I have to follow?

A getaway to the Little Grand Canyon in Georgia
Rules make life boring.

Are there any rules you want to follow?
If not, then no.
Minimalism is all about you.

What I say is minimalist might not work for you, or the next person to read this. What you say is minimalism might be too much, or too little, for me. There is no one right answer, nor is anyone wrong. If I had give an answer, I would suggest a few guiding thoughts over “rules.”

What do you need?
What adds happiness and value to your life?
What is your passion?
What are your dreams?
What do you have/do that is keeping you from those things?

I hear minimalists are vegan/vegetarian. Do I have to be?

I’m not. MadMan and I not only eat meat, but we also hunt.

In fact, our version of minimalism is only eating the meat that we hunt rather than getting chicken or cow from the local grocer.

If you want to try something new in your food, try eating fresh food that you cook from scratch. While it’s not always a simple matter to make, I always feel better after a fresh cooked meal. Maybe you will too.

If I am minimalist, can I have nice things?

Honda Civic Hatchback
Our car for the next 15 years. Good thing we like it.

Of course! MadMan and I have a 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback! By most standards, that’s not minimalist at all. To us, it was the best and most frugal choice we could have picked.

Minimalism should be about being happy, really happy. While there is something to be said about knowing what truly makes you happy, there’s also something to be said about getting what you want every once and a while.

It might be a car, a new phone, or a new book.
If it makes you happy and adds value to your life, then why not work to get it?

If I am a minimalist, does that mean I have to be frugal?

It is true, the two do go hand in hand, and for good reason. However, minimalism is about quality over quantity.

For that reason, we look at being frugal as getting the most out of your money and spending it wisely. You can think about being frugal as a way to get a hold a high quality items and a better price.

What about children and pets or owning a house, or the newest phone?

The answer to everything is almost always, there’s no one right answer.
Each person is different and each persons version of minimalism will be different.
Not only that, but each persons version will also change over time.

MadDogge as a puppers on a beach at 8 weeks old
We had NO IDEA what we were getting into.

Getting MadCat was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. She is funny, cheap, and great company. Getting MadDogge was another story. We got MadDogge in May of 2016 and we weren’t at all ready. We picked an expensive dog and had no idea what we were doing. Even still, we will never get rid of him. It’s gotten better as time has gone on and we no longer think we did the wrong thing.

Having a pet can be minimalist. We take MadDogge on all our our trips and love to go hiking with him. He’s trained to hunt and never leaves our side. That’s not to say having a pet is for everyone.

Having a pet costs money, as does having children. They both add stress as well as joy to your life. In the end, it amounts to being happy. If you’re happy with five kids have them.

Judge less, worry less, live more.
Yet, it’s a little more than that.

Life is one big balancing game.
Is buying a house worth the environmental impact?
If I have a kid, can I guarentee it a good life?
Will my cat destroy the ecosystem if I let it outside? (Yes)
Is it worth it?
Is getting this shirt improving my life?
Does my flat screen TV add value to my life?
We may never get it right, but we are constantly trying to do the best we can.

Are you minimalist?
Will you be becoming minimalist?
Do you have any questions I didn’t answer?
Do you have any advise to give?


3 thoughts on “The Minimal Questions

  1. You’re right it is all about balance, what we need and what we can live without. I think that’s why I love camping so much, it reminds me of how little we actually need to live on. And truly enjoy life. A wonderful post. I think I’m going to really enjoy following you. Cheers
    By the way, what’s your name?


    1. MadMan’s favorite thing to do is backpack. He loves that everything we could need is on our backs. As for my name, for now it’s MadLady. When we reach our goals and MadMan is not at a job that might disprove of this website, then our real names (along with MadDogge and MadCat) will be released. I can say that the Mad part comes from part of his last name.

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