This Page Left Intentionally Blank

The world pushes us to add, but the secret is to focus on subtracting

Words by The Minimalists

Many books begin with a page that reads, “This page left intentionally blank.”

But of course it’s not blank.
And it’s not even intentional.
Yet it masquerades as both.

Don’t we “consumers” do the same thing? We aspire toward a simpler life, yet we clutter it with noxious nonessentials.

An actual blank page needn’t announce itself—it’s merely blank. Likewise for a simple life—it’s simple not because it reports to be, but because of what’s there, and what isn’t.

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Inside Minimalism is our series of exclusive essays on simple living. Each essay is written by our team of writers who are passionate about helping you craft a simpler life. Supported by their own personal experiences, we want to inspire and encourage you to clear the path of life’s stuff, so you can get to where you really want to be.

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