Earlier this month I read a great post by Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist. It was called, Expand Your Don’t Want List. The article stresses the importance of being happy with what you have. Right away I started to think about what I would put on my don’t want list. I took a few minutes and jotted down the first things that came to mind. Here is what I came up with.
My Don’t Want List
I don’t want a big house; my family of 5 is comfortable in our 1200 sq ft home.
I don’t want clothing that needs to be dry cleaned; I prefer not to have an extra chore.
I don’t want a CD/DVD collection; I can borrow what I need from our local library.
I don’t want decorative pillows; they just seem to be in the way.
I don’t want appliances with fancy features; simple is easier to maintain.
I don’t want low-quality items; I prefer items that last.
I don’t want items stored in my attic; I want my things to be accessible.
I don’t want multiple TVs; my family rarely watches TV, and if we do, it is together.
I don’t want an assortment of beauty products; the basics keep me clean.
I don’t want a crowded living room; I want a spacious area to entertain guests.
I don’t want a closet stuffed with clothes, pens that don’t work, more than one purse, a smartwatch, a virtual assistant, more shoes, or expensive jewelry.
I could go on and on but I won’t; I’d rather go outside and do some yard work.
What’s on your don’t want list?