The NY Times featured a piece on the voluntary simplicity movement a few days back, highlighting the choice of a growing number of individuals and families to cast-off (most of) their worldly possessions in favor of lives of simplicity. The article talks about a few couples who have made the decision to free themselves of their ties to their material goods, from furniture to electronics to wedding bands. The article profiles one family, the Harrises, who embarked on a ‘simplifying’ quest to rid themselves of all of their goods except for one personal carton of items per family member, plus bedding and basic utensils. The Harrises set up a blog to document their process – which opened them up to criticism from readers who sneered at their “hippie” lifestyle.

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