As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become increasingly more of a minimalist. I’d much rather own one pair of high- quality boots than five cheap ones. I love the smell and feel of a real book but plan to purchase most of mine via Kindle from now on. I own a car but try my best to take the Muni whenever possible. And if I can borrow a toy, baby swing, or other-miscellaneous-baby-item for my one-year-old, or purchase a used one on Craigslist, I feel like I’ve just won the lottery. Keeping my proverbial “stuff” to a minimum makes me feel, for lack of a better word, peaceful – financially, environmentally, and on a more basic level that compels me to not create a whole lot of waste. And I don’t think I’m the only one.