Give minimalism a try


To the Editor:

Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less debt, less discontent. A life with fewer distractions. Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, more contribution and more contentment.

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth and contribution.

Reducing consumption isn’t just good for your soul – it is good for the planet. By consuming fewer things, fewer resources are used to produce material goods and we create less waste.


There are many flavors of minimalism: a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist lifestyle. Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money and more freedom to live a more meaningful life.

To get started, ask yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?

The feature-length “Mini-malism: A Documentary About the Important Things,” examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life. From minimalist architects, designers and musicians to businessmen, authors and minimalist families, this film explores various recipes for how to live a more meaningful, deliberate life. Not a perfect life — not an easy life — but a simple one.

The Franciscan Peace Center will host a free screening of “Minimalism” on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton. For more information, visit or call (563) 242-7611.

Laura Anderson,
Marketing Director,
Franciscan Peace Center, Clinton

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1 thought on “Give minimalism a try

  1. Such a well-written article and a time when we all need to hear this. The movie sounds like the perfect follow-up.
    Thanks for sending this.

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