- What is your current living situation?
Built and own a single family house on 20 acres in a somewhat economically depressed county.
- What do you think of when you think of "minimalism"?
The opposite of excessive or ostentatious - beautiful in simplicity and functionality. Functional being the best item (not necessarily the cheapest) for its purpose, more not being better.
- What about daily life can be stressful? What do you like about
Since the majority of my time seems to be taken up by my job - most of the stress is the constant requests for help. Fortunately, the most enjoyable thing is being able to help. Being in a job that can double as service to people is very rewarding. Living in the country away from people can balance it out.
- What are some of your hobbies? Do you collect anything?
Sewing, gardening, reading & healthy cooking. I have a large collection of vintage drapery fabric, clothing and doilies. Also vintage Fiestaware dishes.
- What are some of your most prized possessions?
The above collections plus my iPad and iPhone. These being tools of 2 different career paths. Though maintaining all the right tools in order to do a job can be stressful as in "I have 3 sewing machines, why am I not making more clothes, gifts, etc."
- What are one or two things about life you'd like to "minimize"?
After being the recipient of a lot of stuff from older relatives downsizing their households, I have gained a lot of stuff I like, but never thought of acquiring in the first place. This is cautionary - by accepting items that someone else owned for a long time, you take on that responsibility and history. This makes the items very hard to get rid of. Just because people remember who sat on your sofa in 1925 & it is a very beautiful piece & they don't make them like that anymore does not mean it is anywhere near comfortable (meaningful, but not functional). On the other hand, ending up with a bunch of miscellaneous stuff lets me sell on eBay and create a PayPal "mad money" account that I can use to turn around and buy something I really like.
- Any other thoughts?
Finding functional, well made, affordable items in America is tough. Getting rid of items in America is tougher. Anyone interested in a vintage mahogany piano that does not hold a tune well?
Monday, April 9, 2012
Mini Minimalist Interview: Carol
This week's Mini Minimalist Interview features Carol from Oskaloosa, Kansas. I met Carol through cardio-kickboxing fitness classes: