What Is The Most Inspiring Country of Minimalists?

Where in the world can you find the most minimalism inspiration?

You’ll find the answer in this new episode of the Midway Decluttering Show.


My special guest is Colin Wright, from Exile Lifestyle.

Colin is an author of 11 books, including his latest book Act Accordingly. He is also an entrepreneur, and full-time traveler. Every 4 months he moves to a new country and his readers decide where he goes!

In this episode, he shares a lot of great insights on how decluttering can help you achieve your big goals in life. He will also reveal the most inspiring country of minimalists that he has been to.

Enjoy watching this new episode

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Here are some interesting notes I took:

  1. When you compile a big pile of things you don’t need, invite people to come and take whatever they want.
  2. You really don’t need much to be happy!
  3. The victory you have when you start small will give you the momentum to go to the next big thing.
  4. Set a goal with a deadline to maintain your focus and keep you motivated while decluttering. For example, you may say “I’m going to make a big party and invite people on a specific date to celebrate, so I must finish decluttering before it.”
  5. Don’t force yourself to adapt someone else’s mentality on simplicity or organization. Do it your own way.
  6. A ‘need’ is a thing that makes you absolutely happy.
  7. Optimizing your time and environment gives you the resources and focus needed to achieve your big goals.
  8. Which one comes first ‘The Goal’ or ‘The Decluttering’? (Nice insights on minute 17:00)
  9. People associate having more stuff to success. That’s why they get worried when they see you getting rid of stuff.
  10. When people start asking you about your secret of being so happy and achieving so many goals, only then you can tell them: “Simplicity”
  11. What is the most inspiring ‘minimalism’ country? (Revealed on minute 21:00)
  12. “You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do, act accordingly!” – Colin Wright
  13. Life ends suddenly, act accordingly.
  14. When you get rid of what you don’t need, most of your days are going to be good days.
  15. Take a step back and truthfully ask yourself “WHAT MATTERS?”

What is your favorite tip?

Please share your thoughts in the comments.


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6 Responses to What Is The Most Inspiring Country of Minimalists?

  1. Ola July 2, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    My favorite tip: “When people start asking you about your secret of being so happy and achieving so many goals, only then you can tell them: “Simplicity””

  2. Mohamed Tohami July 2, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    YES! That’s my favorite too. Don’t force people to follow your path. Instead, inspire them.

  3. Jean July 3, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    I really enjoyed your interview, Mohamed. As usual, you gave me a lot of “food for thought.”

    I admit I was surprised by the stereotypes that he, an American, had about Americans.

    First, his idea of the “American Dream” was really consumerism. In fact, the American Dream is to live better than one’s immigrant parents: to own one’s property and to pursue one’s happiness0, whether it’s through education or vocation or art.

    The idea that one’s home is a “starter home” or merely an investment and that any electronic device needs to be “upgraded” – that’s consumerism and really accelerated in the ’90s. American manufacturers used to brag about the longevity of their products (some still do) because it was understood that an appliance or a car was a major purchase.

    The other stereotype is that Americans just throw things out. Although it may occur in urban areas and/or among upperclass families, the truth of the matter is that many people were born and raised with the mentality that it’s better to invest time repairing something than to spend money replacing it. In the New England area, it’s called “Yankee thrift.” Where I live, it’s called “waste not, want not.” Sometimes that leads to clutter and squalor – I’ve seen people have a bedroom that’s used for storing parts of electronics, for example – but mostly that means you don’t seeing buying new things as a solution.

    Americans have pride in their ability to fix things that are broken, not just to sell them but for personal use. In my hometown, the dump had a separate area for items that were in need of repair or were obsolete; e.g. a wood-burning kitchen stove or a bent bicycle frame. If you needed something, you could take it, and the dump’s caretaker would keep an eye out for a part you might need. What happened in the ’90s is that people decided to pay for garbage pick-up at their homes and certain townspeople started denigrating “garbage-pickers.”

    Also, related to simple living, there’s a notion about not hanging onto something that someone else can use. For example, I live in a town in which some children’s toys and swingsets have been used by more than 4 families. The custom is to put things out the day AFTER garbage pick-up (or with a sign so that the workers don’t take it). Also, sometimes you’ll walk past a house or apartment building that looks like a yardsale has been set up, but there’s a big piece of cardboard that says “FREE.”

    I know this comment is getting long, because it’s really stimulating so many ideas about how the issues of simplicity and sharing go hand in hand! I guess I’ll save it for a blogpost!

    Thank you again, Mohamed, for hosting such an interesting series!

    • Mohamed Tohami July 4, 2013 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks a lot Jean for sharing this in-depth insight with us. I believe simplicity and sharing are two sides of the same coin. Even if you don’t share physical stuff, you’ll share the extra resources that you saved by simplicity (time, energy and money).


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