Ok so we have started this journey to simplify our lives. I have to say we really have, we sold our house, we got rid of a lot of stuff, and we are down to what will fit in the 5th wheel. Yet, I am sorry I admit it “I am Teresa, and I am a luxury minimalist. I think I have coined the phrase myself. So just what is that you ask?
Well, it’s a simplified version of the dream. What does that mean it means I still enjoy a lot of little things I enjoyed before just on a different scale. I have ditched pretty much everything that went with a 2500 sq ft home. EXCEPT; my coffee, my wine, and my food not necessarily in that order.
I mean really, I am in my 50’s and I like my little comforts. I don’t want to live in a van or pop up. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I mean if I was in my 20’s, 30’s, maybe early 40’s I might even enjoy it. I even might enjoy a little back pack trip now and then. A couple of days trekking around the Colorado mountains or for that matter Europe with a back pack and in a hotel. I like my hotels and I love Marriott for my hotel choice. Although I might be open to trying some others. I will have to see after I finish the Year with Marriott Gold experience I am on. I don’t want to stay in a hostel and being I still work full time I am ok with forking out the money for a little extra comfort. Or better yet POINTS! My favorite way of getting great rooms on vacation with little or no outlay of cash.
So for the luxury minimalist I enjoy cooking and creating wonderful meals, I enjoy wine, and wineries, and then more wine. I enjoy a nice bed, a nice hotel, and I enjoy a city visit as much as a country visit. I am not the new extreme version of the Minimalist, no car, no television, and other things like that. I am a minimalist in the aspect of things and where we live. I really can’t purchase anything because we can’t fit too much in our 5th wheel.
Yes, I have moved into a 5th wheel and some may gasp at the thought. Yet, the Redwood is not your classic small tin can. I have wonderful rustic cherry wood cabinets, actually nicer than I had in my stick built home. I have a wonderful air-conditioner which I had not owned in 12 years. I have solid surface corian countertops, I have a lovely king size bed all in the space of 325 sq feet or so. This is what I mean I am a luxury minimalist I have a small space but it is equipped with very nice amenities and comforts.
My husband and I have managed to scale down tremendously but I still enjoy many things I did before and we have reduced our cost exponentially. It takes a nice outlay of cash to keep up 3 acres, with a 2500 sq ft house and greenhouse. Not to mention the time it needs for maintenance and upkeep. So now my husband has way more time on his hands too.
So in a sense we have upgraded and reduced our cost. It’s a wonderful win win idea. There are many who prefer to maybe buy a vacation home on the beach or in the mountains. We decided why not buy our home and move it to where we choose? Why not be able to have the beach one year, the mountains one year, and or the desert, and or city at another time? Perfect for the wanna be vagabonds!
Style, one thing I was worried about having to pair down my selection of wardrobe. I was introduced to the concept of capsule wardrobes and project 333. These are ideas that you can use a series of items in your wardrobe to make lots of different options. I loved it and I am working on this right now. I do not want to live in shorts and a tee shirt as I am the luxury minimalist. I like to look nice and I like nice outfits.
This lifestyle goes hand in hand with my affordable travel. In the aspect that scaling down allows us to be free and go where we want when we want. It allows us the freedom to pack up and just move in a matter of hours. We know longer have things tying us down are a place we are tied too. We can stay at our current jobs or not. Our choice. That alone is a beautiful thing.