So I recently read “The Power of Less” by Leo Babuata (AND listened to the audiobook) and it got me thinking. Those who know me know that I already live pretty minimally; I don’t feel the need for the latest greatest electronics unless it offers a big jump in features, I get most of my books from the library, I have no CDs or DVDs but rather have all music and movies on my computer, etc. That part I had down, but I started noticing other places where “less” can make a big difference.
Take shampoo; I keep my hair short and so I noticed that it take a dollop of shampoo the size of a dime to do the job. The same goes for shaving cream; did you ever notice how little shaving cream it takes to cover a face? Even toothpaste; why fill the brush when half a brush is more than enough (with less spitting!). The key here is not necessarily save money since these things don’t cost much, but it does save me time if I only have to buy these things half as often.
Give it a try; use less. You might be surprised.
I do draw the line at toilet paper though; I will continue to yank that roll like I am trying to start a flooded lawnmower. And I’ll always have a plunger by my side.