Becoming a minimalist

14 months ago my pursuit for extreme minimalism has begun. I sold everything I owned and ended my studio lease in downtown Vancouver. No car, no bike, no TV, no couch, no bills. All I got left with was a luggage full of clothes and a backpack with my laptop. I can't describe the pleasure I got from cancelling my car insurance, phone contract, and a handful of other bills. . During this last 14 months, one thing was very clear. The less stuff I owned, the happier I was. I started living out of a backpack that's smaller than the average high-school pack and had the opportunity to live in 4 countries.

I developed some personal rules to live a simpler life:

These all helped me unclutter my life and become happier. But is it sustainable? How long can I live like this? I don't know the answer but so far it's working great for me, a 30 year-old without kids and a 9–5 job. I believe this lifestyle is possible in all stages of your life as long as you adopt the mentality and make modifications to suit your conditions.