Blogging NYT: Chasing Utopia, Family Imagines No Possessions

Blogging NYT: Chasing Utopia, Family Imagines No Possessions

Carrie McBride
Jun 2, 2008

"Calgon, take me away...and all my stuff, too!" Have you ever wished all your stuff would just disappear? You're not alone except some families are making it happen by divesting themselves of their possessions in a movement referred to as "voluntary simplicity" or "downshifting."

Aimee and Jeff Harris and their two kids are selling everything (right down to their wedding bands) and hitting the road to become homesteaders in Vermont. Matt and Sara Janssen and their 4-year-old daughter gave up apartment life to travel around the country in a vegetable-oil fueled RV. Cindy Wallach, Doug Vibbert and their 3-year-old son threw an "everything must go party" and now sail the seas on a catamaran boat.

You can read more about them and voluntary simplicity in this Times article.

These families have made rather drastic changes that most of us find maybe admirable, but surely daunting. Does this resonate with you? Do you fantasize about paring everything down to live much more simply?

(Photo: Ben Sklar for The New York Times.)

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