A Paler Shade of White…

Often I will type “Minimalism” into a search engine because my mind will not stop harassing me.  It has the idea that I must become more studious of the topic, by accumulating liquid knowledge mixers, made from not only the top shelf, but the less affordable bottom row.  I am mandated to analyze the recipes from an accomplished barkeep as well as probe their clients on their perspective of the ambiance.  “Does the taste of your favorite cocktail improve when you are surrounded by plush carpeting, a baby grand piano and soft lighting?”  Or, “In comparison, does it tang with the odor of stale cigarettes and neon shimmer?”

The answers vary depending on the patrons and their rationale for entering into the joint.  Most consumers walking into a lounge for the first time who order up a Shirley Temple, sometimes convince themselves that the absence of  liquor will still inebriate them into nirvana.  “I once was a minimalist (many of them said), until I could no longer tolerate the pale white walls and lack of reading material.”  Or, “I left my soul in the donation bin, along with the adoration for my library so I could experience the fulfillment of owning not one sliver of a personal item.”  I’m paraphrasing and exaggerating here to make a point.  Becoming a minimalist does not limit one’s drink order choices, it’s completely the opposite. In fact, rather than depleting the choices, it opens up combinations that have not yet been invented.

According to theminimalists.com “You can keep your books if they add value to your life.” Furthermore, the website says that “Minimalism has helped them rid themselves of excess stuff.”  The key word here is excess.  For instance in our case we had seventeen bins of items we were simply not using.  The true meaning of keeping only what adds value is a tried, true and tested base from which “The Minimalists” built on.  Once a base is developed then it can be manipulated into a concoction that is specific to the person, and provide a signature beverage that will surely become a favorite.*

Bottoms Up,


*Any resemblence to actual drinks consumed or not consumed is nothing more than a coincidence, and an attempt at using said beverage to make a point.  😉

Published by: Midlifemimi

My husband and I are working toward a life of simplicity. We have six children and twelve grand-kids. This August we will be expecting our first Great-grandchild. My husband works full time and as of now, I am a stay at home wife. Our big house is up for sale. We currently live in a travel trailer near my husband's work. We recently purchased land and are anxiously looking forward to moving, but there are a few hangups.

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6 thoughts on “A Paler Shade of White…”

  1. Sorry I’ve not been around…been being a lazy pants for the past two weeks. I’m glad you’re researching minimalism. It’s important to know what you’re getting into and why you’re doing it.
    I’m not a minimalist, but I do get rid of things occasionally. I tend to move every few years (I must have a gypsy soul), and I’m always astonished at how much junk I accumulate in such a relatively short amount of time. Every time I move, I throw out things that I have no idea of why I have them. Btw, when I say “throw out”, I mean I give stuff to the thrift stores.
    It’s much harder, however, to get rid of items that have some sort of sentimental meaning to me. Especially items that are from family members who have passed on. I feel it’s a betrayal – even if I don’t use or display the item. Do you feel this way too?

    Have a good day, Mimi 🙂

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    1. I prided myself for years decorating only with sentimental items. Never buying junk decor, I felt it was important to have those who have gone on, near me. When I jumped on the minimalism bandwagon I worried about what to do with all my sentimental items. Then someone said on a podcast “If you have too many sentimental items, they become unimportant.” For my self this made sense. When I started going through them I realized that some sentimental items had painful memories attached to them. Ouch! I had never considered that. In the end, I kept two to three sentimental items from my mother, grandmother and aunt. I kept one item from each person still living out of my gift sentimental items. The things I kept, mean so much more to me now. Before I had too many things. This recipe worked for me, but if everyone were the same, how boring life would be! I haven’t been around much either, working very long hours and no time to read. When I started this downsizing I had planned a garage sale. I’m happy to report I gave everything to a thrift store who’s proceeds go out to several different local organizations. I am about 50% downsized. The rest will have to hold off until I return from Texas in a month. Hope your teeth feel much better!
      Take Care,

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