Tired of clutter? Most of us settle on doing Spring cleanings, but 22-year-old software engineer Kelly Sutton decided to take matters to the extreme.
Matthew Danzico of BBC News has the fascinating story of how Kelly has decided to get rid of almost all material possessions in his life:
Mr Sutton is the founder of CultofLess.com, a website which has helped him sell or give away his possessions - apart from his laptop, an iPad, an Amazon Kindle, two external hard drives, a "few" articles of clothing and bed sheets for a mattress that was left in his newly rented apartment.
This 21st-Century minimalist says he got rid of much of his clutter because he felt the ever-increasing number of available digital goods have provided adequate replacements for his former physical possessions.
"I think cutting down on physical commodities in general might be a trend of my generation - cutting down on physical commodities that can be replaced by digital counterparts will be a fact," said Mr Sutton.
Our pal Boing Boing has a follow-up with Kelly about the nitty gritty of his new lifestyle:
The greatest thing gained from Cult of Less has been an unprecedented amount of physical freedom. This is obvious to those that have read Tim Ferriss' 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss takes owning nothing to an extreme and comes across as brackish in his suggestions, but there is an important point to take away from the book and accompanying blog. A willingness to drop your stationary physical possessions and move is the greatest freedom I have found in this project. Sure, you could get by without a bed, furniture and a few other essentials, but you will be miserable. No one wants to sleep on a floor if they can help it.
Instead, I've found that a lack of attachment to my possessions to be the biggest win. My bed isn't important enough to me to haul more than a few blocks, should I move. Chances are, the person moving into my apartment after me would like a bed. Leaving it for them will be a nice move-in present.
I proposed this lifestyle to my wife, who proceeded to laugh at me as she pointed out the futility of doing so with three children and the irony of making a living selling people stuff they want but don't need on the NeatoShop.
Link: Cult of Less