Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is one of the most popular blogs in the minimalist genre. His doesn’t write about minimalism as much now as he did in the early days of his blog, but every once in a while he shares a gem. This is one of those times.
His recent article, Living Lightly with the One-Bag Lifestyle, discusses a new personal experiment in the works.
When Leo travels he packs super light, bringing only a few items of clothing. To make this work he washes his clothes in the sink or shower every night. They hang dry overnight and are ready to go the next day. It takes a small amount of time out of his day, with the benefit that his only luggage is a very light-weight backpack.
Leo had a thought that if it works so well on vacation, then maybe it could work when he’s not on vacation too. When he got back from vacation recently, he boxed up everything that wasn’t already in his backpack. Now he’s continuing to live out of this same bag that he traveled with.
He noted that this isn’t necessarily a permanent change, but more of an experiment. Doing experiments like this is a great way to reset your thinking as to what is necessary and what could be downsized to streamline your day.