Principles of Simplicity

Needs vs. Wants

Make a sharp distinction between true needs and mere wants, because there are consequences for excessive indulgence of wants.


Ask “why am I attached to this?” Let it go.


Trim away the obvious “dead wood,” but remember that even some healthy, growing branches and shoots must be removed in order to make the plant thrive.

Freely Chosen Constraints

Define the limits within which you will be truly free.

Empty Space

Pursue quality, not quantity.


Pay attention to what is happening in your life. Maintain focus.


Balance prudent self-reliance with healthy, interdependent relationships.

Nature vs. Artifice

Stay close to who and what you really are.