It’s Day 20 of our Let’s Get Prepared! Challenge and this one is a bit more conceptual. If you read my blog, you know I often write about the principle of Minimalism. You might be asking, “Hey, Clever Girl! Isn’t being prepared and storing stuff you *might* need some day the opposite of living life as a Minimalist. Don’t I have to choose? ” Well, it’s worth wondering about. And I want to share with you why I think you CAN be a Minimalist and prepared!

I’ll start with an easy observation: Plenty of Emergency Preparations that don’t take up space, or take up minimal space:

  • Have a communication plan
  • Have a water filtration system, rather than bottles of water
  • Know how and having room to grow your own food rather than storing food
  • Know first-aid skills / know CPR
  • Know how to start a fire
  • Have your important documents and paperwork in order
  • Have an evacuation plan
  • Have an emergency notification / wireless alerts activated on a smartphone

minimalism chair and table

But, more importantly, I don’t want anyone ever to be confused that being a Minimalist means you don’t own things. You do. What *is* critical for a minimalist is to evaluate what is owned based on true NEED. You’re going to be hard pressed to find a minimalist who says “I don’t need some basic first aid supplies in my home” or “I don’t need some spare batteries or a flashlight.”  So, at the core of this question, “Can you be a Minimalist AND be prepared?” the answer will always come down to being thoughtful about what you truly need. 

Within minimalism, there is a resistance to owning things “just because I might need it some day”. Possessions should be purposeful, intentional, and with a realistic view of need in mind. You *can* be prepared, without keeping everything, “just in case”. 


Today’s challenge:  

Kind of “food for thought” day, but give some thought to the balance you would strike between “I want to be prepared” and “but I might NEED it some day!”


Join in the conversation over at the Clever Girl Organizing Challenge Facebook Group to learn from and to teach others as we all take on the Let’s Get Prepared! Challenge! 

Reminder:  Our goal here is to take steps towards improvement.  The content in these posts is designed to inspire thinking, not fear. 

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