As I've worked on this post, I've thought about how it can feel like I spend more time thinking + writing about "things" now that I'm intentionally thinking about simplicity than before. More thought, however, leads me to the conclusion that that is not really the case. :) Intentionally thinking about "things" is different from being dissatisfied with or wanting different things.
As I'm going room by room in the everyday zero-waste department noting the things we don't need, I thought this might be a good time to make note of what we do "need" + enjoy. I put "necessities" + "need" in quotation marks, because we could surely get by without many of these items...but life is so much for comfortable with them. :)
Seating :: Enough for the people who live here. (Extras can be brought from other rooms.)
Place for feet :: For comfort + also to perch a computer on for collective watching.
Lighting :: Enough to read by.
Curtains :: Only for privacy, because...sunlight!
Blankets :: During cold weather, we keep the heat lowered in order to save gas + money.
Clock :: A small one helps me stay on schedule.
A few things that lend themselves toward style :: A little goes a long way. Currently I have about ten small things spaced out on shelves + hung above the mantle that communicate a vibe I love.
Candle :: The flicker + scent add so much joy + coziness in the colder months.
Ceiling fan :: An essential (if possible) for me. It cools so much in the summer allowing us to keep the air conditioning lower (saving both electricity + money).
Books :: A few of my favorites + a spot for a few library books = enough for me. Mr. Tribe + Jo each have a shelf full of books here.
Rug :: I sold our Craigslist, wool rug six months ago + am still considering whether we want to replacement it.
It may seem like I'd add a bookshelf to our master list, but I don't think it's a necessity. In our last home, we stacked our books on the floor in a nonfunctioning fireplace. We had a small mantle for candles + small objects. Since I don't have a lot of books anymore, I would think creatively before purchasing bookshelves.
Honorable mention: versatility...the pictures above were taken last month (on a good library day!). Here is what our living room looks like today. :)