I don’t mean to be inhospitable but there are a few things you should know about house swapping with a minimalist:
1) What’s mine is yours. And, since I have next to nothing, please feel free to use all of it.
2) Make sure you bring whatever you think you might want because if you don’t actually need it, I don’t have it.
3) They’re floor pillows!
4) 1 bowl, 1 spoon = better get takeout.
5) If you can’t find it, I don’t have one. Do you really need one?
6) White and black are colours!
7) What arrives with you, must leave with you – except, of course, for wine and chocolate in recyclable packaging.
7) Many happy meals were made in that blender.
9) You won’t break a thing if you dance in the living room (or the kitchen, bedroom, pantry, powder room and hall).
10) What do you mean you’re accustomed to conventional furniture?
11) I like you too much to burden you with unnecessary crap.
12) Yes, I threw it out on purpose.
13) No, I didn’t forget to stock up on toilet paper.
This is, of course, tongue in cheek. I haven’t moved far enough in the direction of minimalism to make all of the above true. I just started to wonder what my friends might think of my departure from the realm of excess and how it could become more and more confusing for house guests the further down that road I go.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Anything house guests should know about a visit to your place?