Experiences vs Things – Minimalism for a Richer Life

Here’s a little bit of inspiration if you need it 🙂 Living a minimalist lifestyle can help you prioritize what is important, and let go of what isn’t. It can help you choose experiences instead of things, so that you can do more of what you love, and less of what you don’t.

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Mat & Danielle


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36 Replies to “Experiences vs Things – Minimalism for a Richer Life”

  1. rose webb


  2. Fennec Besixdouze

    We need things and objects to have experiences.

    A mature understanding of things is to transform yourself from a consumerist approach to things–where buying the new thing gives you short-lived rush that you need to buy the next thing to feel again–to a sober approach, where you understand things as facilitating experiences, or representative of experiences.

    Build your own furniture with your father, and your hand-made furniture will last a lifetime and constantly remind you of the experience. Purchase a shop quality bicycle that you ride every day of the year and maintain yourself, and you will get the zen experience of caring for something that serves you back tenfold with experiences and opportunities you could never have without it.

    If you give away all your stuff and find that you missed none of it, it's not because things are worthless and you don't need them. It's because you didn't have respect or reverence for things, for craftsmanship, and ensuring everything has a purpose and will last a lifetime.

    The correct response to consumerism is actually more reverence for things, not less. When you view things not as a cheap way to get a high from shopping, but as objects that are meant to serve a purpose, objects for you to put care into and which give experiences back, that is when you have truly overcome the disposable life of consumerism.

  3. Allen Hare

    So True.
    "I want it all, and I want it right now!" is so hard to overcome, but so worth it.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Happy Trails

  4. Marty Wilson

    There is some logic to our buying 'things.' But we're experiencing a mismatch of our more primitive selves. From the Exuberant Animal site: "Sometimes we hunt and gather actual real-world objects like clothes and cars and houses. We go to great lengths to accumulate these objects, but much of the time we’re hunting and gathering symbols and abstractions, representations of the real world. Most notably, we track and hunt money, stocks, bonds, and other representations of wealth. But we also pursue certificates, degrees, credentials, trophies and Facebook “likes,” all of which are symbolic of our status and position. And of course, we hunt down data, facts and information, all of which promise to provide greater control and predictability over our world.

    This kind of hunting has its rewards but it also has a tragic downside that brings suffering to the body and the human experience. The problem is that we’ve taken the physicality out of hunting and gathering. Today’s hunt is cognitive, abstract and hyper-visual. Even worse, it’s almost completely independent of habitat and context. Our pursuit has become disconnected from the land itself and now, the lion’s share of our attention goes, not to the natural world or one another, but to the manipulation of bloodless and earthless shapes on a screen. It is no wonder that our bodies and spirits are suffering. It is no wonder that so few of us know anything about our natural surroundings. We are lost in the cloud, wandering a barren, sterile landscape of digits and algorithms. We are hunting ghosts."

  5. Spot The Scotts // RV Travel & Family Life!

    "Invest in an experience" – I love that!! Yes yes yes. We completely agree with this!

  6. We Ain't No Hippies

    Approximately 6 months ago my hand was forced into looking at every item I owned, I am now getting more enjoyment from ridding myself of these items then I ever did in purchasing and owning them. Your narrative here resonated with me and I look forward to reaching the moment when I sell/give/throw my last item as we reach our crescendo in approx 6 months time when we step into our campervan to start an adventure of exploring Europe. Excellent channel Mat and Danielle, many thanks.

  7. Scott Miller

    If you have spare cash, buying things isn't the problem. Accumulating things is the problem.
    A few years back I saw a video about tiny houses. One of the national news anchors traveled to a trade show on tiny houses and he interviewed a woman who owned one. After touring her house he asked about space. She said, "If I'm at the store and a see a really nice pair of earrings I want, I ask myself which pair of earrings will I give up so I have space for these."
    An extreme example, but she's spot on. Want to buy a box set of plastic food storage containers (such as Rubbermaid or Tupperware). Great. Go for it. But when you get home put all your nasty old food storage containers in recycling. Even if there's room in your cupboard and you could cram the new in with the old.
    Buy one, toss one. It's the way to keep living minimal.

    Financially, it's not so much spending money that clobbers us, it's signing contracts (mostly loans, but also contracts for cell phones and such). If your income falls you can always cut back on spending, but contracts are almost impossible to wiggle out of.

  8. Joseph Smith

    I disagree there are things that you can purchase that will bring prolonged if not eternal happiness. Any purchase that can be used to create will always bring you happiness. A musical instrument for example can give you a life time of joy as you can never really complete the process of learning to play it. There will always be something else to learn.

  9. carroll6

    This is a GOOD video.. on this philosophy.. the best one I've watched.. a good narrative. Thanks for making it.

  10. J P

    This is so true. Working for stuff means never ending payments and even worse compound interest on top of them payments just shortens your life span. Experiences with the people you care about the most is way better.

  11. Lauralie Karels

    I am getting older now and looking towards retirement and things like the house and yard that I took joy in are now becoming a burden. I am slowly getting rid of things and simplifying things and it is like a load being lifted. I was just thinking, If I lost everything in the house, would I miss it? With only a few exceptions (my gram and mom's quilts), the answer was no.

  12. Nici Rjas

    Totally love the pictures and contents in your videos! New subscriber here!
    Can I ask, what the camera is that you use?

  13. Serious SpaceParty

    Look up the title 'Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds' on youtube…It is a four part series about living a richer life!

  14. raboox9

    Having been a solo traveler for a while before coming back to minimalism, I totally agree about living for experiences instead of things. I'm usually left with a journal, pictures and a small souvenir after a long trip but the memories and the significance of that journey is forever.

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