I am considering minimalism. Why? I've observed that, as people age, they either become packrats, or they detach from their material possessions to free themselves. Nothing wrong with pack ratting. I've done plenty myself. But I'm at a point in my life when it just seems so unnecessary. Truly, all I need to function and be happy are these items: My papers (I'm a writer. They are mostly digitized now.) Some of my books (even they are being whittled down pretty well). My electronics.