2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

wpid-IMG_20140324_195808.jpgAnd in something characteristically un-minimal, we purchased something new.  It’s an espresso machine with a milk frother.  We’re only human.

How did we rationalize it?  We returned two things we weren’t using — a juicer (B’s birthday present) and a milk frother (my Christmas present) — and picked up one Nespresso bundle with the associated merchandise credits and gift cards at no extra expense.  Technically, no real cash spent, and technically, we returned two things and got two things in return so perhaps it’s a wash.  We were already in the market for a coffee maker of some sort and feel like if this gets used like we think it well, then it is wholly worthwhile exchange.

When some people think of the word “minimalist”, they imagine someone who lives with next to nothing and perhaps enjoys bare white walls to any type of decoration.  And yes, there are many happy minimalists that live like this.  One day, I think I could be there, too.  But what I’m striving for right now is not to be completely possession free… rather I’m striving to own only those things that bring me the greatest happiness and that I plan to use often.  Also, this month’s challenge was *my* challenge and not something my husband had agreed to take on with me so it was something we both agreed would get a lot of use by both of us.

After this challenge is over, I hope to continue making forward progress by (1) getting rid of one item for every new item I bring in, and (2) getting rid of anything I haven’t used in the last 12 months.  If I can get through all four seasons without using something, there’s a good chance I don’t need it in my life.


Plus, it froths coconut almond milk like a beast!

Plus, it froths coconut-almond milk like a beast!

Tell me what you think!  Do you think this purchase is still in the spirit of the challenge?  Also, do you want a cappuccino?


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    • says

      It is! I was resigned to the fact that coconut milk and almond milk wouldn’t ever froth like the dairy kind, but it turns out I just needed a quality milk frother design to make my dairy-free dreams come true :)

  1. says

    You returned 2 things you weren’t using for 1 thing you will use? Sounds like a minimalist win to me! Also, if it helps you guys save money by not buying fancy coffees out, then its a double win! :)

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