Tereza Okava wrote:I envision Gert reusing things, and that makes minimalism a challenge when you're hanging on to those one gallon glass jars to make kraut and pickles, for example.
(I see Gert not really caring too much about what Mari Kondo has in her garage.)
Meg Mitchell wrote:When I think of a minimalist I think of someone who doesn't own a vacuum cleaner because they get someone else in to clean, or doesn't own any kitchen tools because they buy everything premade or eat out all the time. Not unnecessarily buying things you don't need is good but I don't think that sleek white minimalist aesthetic is very practical if you're aiming to be self sufficient. I think Gert owns as much as she needs to be self sufficient but not much more than that. She may own about the same amount of stuff or even more stuff than her neighbor living a standard western lifestyle, but it's going to be much different type of stuff. She also takes better care of the stuff and has things that are reusable, repairable, and useful for multiple tasks.