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03/24 Minimal Monthly — The Art of Dumb Purchases

March 2024 Minimal Monthly Hi Reader, Whether it’s a car, appliance or pair of jeans: I tend to use my stuff until it’s on its last leg. I have an old friend who always chuckles whenever he drops by: "That coffee grinder STILL works?" He was with me when I bought it nearly 20 years ago. My electric beater is from the mid-80s (yup, the nineteen-eighties). It’s ugly as heck but it still works. It sits in the cabinet next to an electric citrus juicer from 1997, also still in weekly use. You get...

24 days ago • 4 min read

February 2024 Minimal Monthly Hi Reader, Happy leap year. I was so glad for the extra day. These past few weeks have been super busy rebranding and redesigning the site. But, ta-da, I'm happy to share Tidymalism has a fresh new look 🎉 The new site features faster mobile loading, larger, crisper fonts, less bloat, a new resources page, and a friendlier splash of colour. Come have a browse while I work out the last few caching kinks, and feel free to hit reply to send any feedback. Speaking of...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

January 2024 Minimal Monthly Hi Reader, Are you unknowingly part of the subscription silent majority? It's a club many of us join without even realising it. I thought I was spending around thirty bucks a month and was a bit taken aback when I did the math: it's closer to $80. 🤦🏻♀️ Subscriptions, those sly little expenses, have a way of quietly slipping under our radar and accumulating in the corners of our bank statements. Think about it: When was the last time you checked how many...

3 months ago • 3 min read
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December 2023 Minimal Monthly Hi Reader, Digital decluttering has been the name of the game around here this last week of the year. Shed a tonne of gigabytes and unsubscribed to a monster load of newsletters I just wasn't keeping up with anymore. Some of them had grown spammy or felt like they were now being written by a bot (they probably were), others just weren't providing any added value to my work or personal interests. Adieu. One of the subs I did keep is for a letter called Sidepiece,...

4 months ago • 3 min read
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November 2023 Minimal Monthly Hi Reader, It's crunch time. Even I'm feeling the stress of wanting to get a number of things done before year's end, despite being a solo-flying hermit who doesn't have much holiday stuff to deal with. For some reason I used to imagine life would get easier with age and accrued net worth, but it feels as if everything is becoming more complex as each year passes. Not complaining, just observing. My mother used to say "do what you can" and although she was the...

5 months ago • 3 min read
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October 2023 Minimal Monthly Hi Reader, Why do you want to get organised? I was watching a video by a woman named April Perry in which she asked that very question, and it got me thinking. Is it so you can do more, do it faster, better, at a greater level of productivity? And why do we always have to scale everything anyway? Where does this drive to make things better, bigger, faster, more productive, more efficient stem from? Is it really an evolutionary necessity or is it a collectively...

6 months ago • 4 min read
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