Financial Minimalist was born out of a desire to share knowledge and a journey with others interested in walking a similar path. For years I felt there was something wrong with how I was living. As my time with the military drew to a close I realized what it was. We commonly think “If I get X I will be happy,” but there is always something afterward. We purchase items that provide short-term happiness before boxing up or discarding them. The non-discarded possessions pile up and add clutter to already stressful lives. This is in addition to the requirement that we then have more space to the store the items and more time to clean around them. What we as a culture need to realize is that possessions are not nearly as important as memories.