Being a minimalist is something I end up talking to my kids about every so often because they are all minimalists. Most of the time they only want to do the bare minimum when asked to do something. Fortunately, this doesn’t apply to their schoolwork but rather times when they are asked to do something around the house and in other situations. For example, if there are three books on the floor that all go on the bookshelf in the same spot but my son only read two of them, he will only put those two away when asked (and reminded) to clean up and will leave the third on the floor. They often moan and groan at being asked to do simple chores like bring in the recycling bins. If I ask them to throw a food wrapper away that was left somewhere right near where they are sitting, I usually get, “That’s not mine.” or “I didn’t put it there, so why should I have to clean it up?” as a response. When there is a large amount of stuff in one room to be cleaned up, I sometimes get asked, “What is the minimum amount I need to do right now?” They want to get back to or don’t want to be pulled away from what they want to do.
I realize this is pretty typical for kids because I was also a minimalist when I was a kid. At some point though I started to think about what I could do to be helpful to other people and how it would make them feel, rather than always thinking about how it would impact me. Continue reading