I haven't written about minimalism in awhile.
I've moved so many times with all of my stuff packed down to one bag. It seems as if it should be natural by now, but it's not. Right now @gb and I have everything we own strewn about the weekly hotel. We're trying to decide what stays, and what goes.
The bag of sugar, goes. The fallback cheap crappy coffee we never went through, goes. The tiny safe, goes.
But the tiny blender, will we need that? Do we want to keep the green Eureka tent? Should I give it away, or just leave it next to the trash?
I got into minimalism in 2009, when I was trying to figure out how to move to the west coast for the first time (Portland). I priced out a U-Haul, and it turns out driving a U-Haul across the country can pretty much bankrupt anyone. Instead I decided to pack down to one bag. I ended up packing down to three back then, and waddling like a turtle to the NYC subway in South Slope.
Packing down is hard, but it's necessary. Every extra pound of weight hits you all at once when you're on the ground in SFO, walking to the BART, trying to figure out how to make it in SF Bay again. And what good is a tent going to do out there? But a tiny blender might be useful for salsa or smoothies.