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Cats can help humans become a minimalist

My typist, who is a human, is trying to follow Joshua Becker’s concept of living with fewer possessions so she can pursue her greatest passions.  She needs a cat to help her become a minimalist.

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My typist, Mrs. Hodges,  would have more time to pet me if she wasn’t constantly rearranging, sorting and dusting all of her possessions.  I suggested she start her minimalist lifestyle by cleaning out the drawer of her drafting table. She was only allowed to keep what she loves and needs.

I made her finish cleaning out the drawer before I let her go and clean the seven litter boxes. As much as I like a fresh litter box, I wanted her to clean out her drawer first.

When she became distracted I got out of the drawer and flicked everything that was on top of the drafting table onto the floor.

“Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.”
― Joshua Becker, Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life

Cats are natural minimalists

Cats don’t have a closet full of clothes. They only need one coat, which they were born with.

Cats don’t buy ornaments or paintings to hang on the wall.

We don’t have boxes full of childhood photographs and art projects, boxes of baby clothes and toys.

We don’t buy souvenirs from Disneyworld and we don’t collect dolls or train sets.

Cats don’t own anything. We don’t spend our life  buying storage tubs and rearranging them.

Cats enjoy life.

We pursue our passions.

We sleep in sunbeams. We chase mice. We purr.

And – we help clean out drawers.

Maybe you need a cat to help you live like a minimalist? Click here to comment. I love to hear from you. 🙂

Love Harper

About Harper Hodges

Hi, it’s me, Harper. I help humans understand their cats. I write about what a cat thinks. I know because I am a cat. Mrs. Hodges is my typist. I dictate and she types.

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  • La McCoy

    Oh Thank you Harper Lee. This is a very good story.
    Edel Agrees. Ella does not care. But that is ok.

  • Susan W A

    Harper … you are a great role model. I have been quite successful lately in decluttering several areas in our home, most notably the garage. I have liberated the pool table so our 14-year-old son and his friends can play again, he has room to work out, too, and there are wide-open pathways to walk safely. Here’s a picture. You can see there’s still work to be done, but I’m energized by the accomplishment.

    Loving fur strokes and nudges to you, Harper.

  • Harper you are growing up too fast! I remember when you were a tiny kitten and now I barely recognize you!! My cat Milo is very good at minimalizing. He throws all the papers onto the floor for us!

  • Harper you have perfect timing. I was getting ready to get rid of junk that no longer serves a purpose. This stuff isnt mine, it was a family members who passed away. I had to clean out their place and bring it to a small apartment. While I did find room its time to let it go to those who would get use from it, and get it out of my place.

    It is very distracting… as a writer I like order but sit in chaos… how productive can that be? Max helps ,, but doesnt have that cat instinct. Kudos to you

    • Harper Hodges

      Hello Debra,
      So nice to hear from you as always. That was kind of you to help your family who died. But, I agree, it would be hard to write when you are surrounded by chaos. Sometimes I just stare at the wall when I dictate so I don’t see the clutter.
      Hello to Max.
      Love Harper

    • Susan W A

      Yes! Such great perspective to know that someone else can find joy and purpose in the items you share rather than their sitting idle in your place. We sometimes think we are honoring our loved ones by keeping their belongings when perhaps it honors them more to give new life to their things by having them be useful and wanted again.

  • Skittles Anderson

    Hello Harper,
    I hope you and your family are doing well, how are your foster kittens doing? The big guy set me up a twitter page called Skittles & Friends so now I get to meet new furrends and share stories with them, When we moved the big guy cleaned out a lot of stuff, but we aren’t very good at being a minimalist, we have lots of toys, scratching post, cat condos, beds, balls, etc..and the big guy has lots of pictures of really big cats (tigers, bobcats, leopards, caracals, etc..) on the walls, I guess we might need you to help us become better at this minimalist idea. It is good to hear from you, take care,

    Your Furrends,

    Skittles & Friends

    • Harper Hodges

      Hello Skittles,
      So nice to hear from you. Sorry I didn’t write for awhile, I was really sick. So I couldn’t dictate to my typist. I feel better now.
      Your big guy sounds very kind to give you a lot of toys to play with, cats need lots of toys.
      The first foster kittens were here for about six weeks, we adopted two from that litter. They are Hodges now. Then we got another litter of five kittens and their mother, but then I got sick, and now Charlie is sick, so we have to take the foster kittens back.
      Charlie goes to the doctor tomorrow.
      I hope you are all well. Mrs. Hodges is going to type my story tonight about being sick.
      Love Harper

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Thank you Harper for being there for Pamela ( your typist) and for trying to keep her focused……………love from Rosey Nana.

    • Harper Hodges

      Hi Nana,
      My typist really needs help. All she wants to do is rearrange the furniture. I keep telling her she needs to write more and leave the furniture where it is.
      I wonder where she got that habit from?
      Love your granddaughter, the cat

      • LilianGardner

        Hi Harper, Minnie here.
        Guess what? Lilian also gets the urge to rearrange the furniture, to give the room ‘a new look’, she says.
        Well, whatever! She knows I don’t want my chair moved from the window, so, it doesn’t really matter where she puts the furniture.
        I keep telling her that she must write, because while she types, I sit on her dest and try to catch the arrow.
        Have fun, dear friend.
        With love,

  • LilianGardner

    Hello Harper.
    I simply love and agree with your minimalist. I get an urge to throw out all the junk, keepsakes, new but out-of-date clothes, and heaps of other stuff, which I know well, is useless. I love and admire animals and especially cats. We humans have much to learn from animals, especially how to love and rear our children.
    “We sleep in sunbeams,” is a beautiful expression. Wish I could do the same.
    Love and hugs from Minnie and me, and the three strays,

    • Harper Hodges

      Hello Lilian, Minnie and the three strays,
      Perhaps Minnie can help you declutter your junk? Some treasures are find to keep. Only keep what you love.
      If you get rid of stuff you don’t need you would have more time to write.
      Do you have any sunbeams today at your home? Perhaps you could lay on a blanket on the floor and use your favorite pillow?
      Maybe Minnie can help you find one?
      Love and hugs to you as well.
      Love Harper

  • Marina Sofia

    You are very wise, Harper, beyond your years! I think humans could learn a lot from minimalist cats. It takes so little to make you happy: food, sunshine, a little hunting, and a lap every now and then.

    • Harper Hodges

      Hello Marina Sofia,
      I am actually considered an adult now. My typist sometimes still treats me like a child. However, cats mature faster than people.
      I hope you are happy, and that you find a sunbeam today to nap in.
      Wishing you all my best,
      Love Harper

      • Marina Sofia

        Well, for our Zoe, from the height of her four years, you will always be a youngster!