We’re two people who discovered how happy we became when we excluded all the excess entities in our lives. We work on things we love and spend our time with things that possess value for us. Perhaps it’s not what we do, but what we don’t do that really defines us: We don’t hoard clothes we never wear or don’t keep belongings we never use; we don’t take part in every event or don’t live in a constant state of bustle resulting weariness, and we don’t allow smartphones, computers, and social media to invade our days.

Of course, we didn’t accomplish all this in one day. We still make mistakes and sometimes stumble, but the important thing is that we get up every time and try again. Over the years we saw that when we eliminated the things we didn’t want in our lives, more space was created for things we did want. This meant more freedom, more time, more peace of mind, and more excitement. From reading countless books, following people who had discovered this concept on their own, and finding answers to our own questions, we learned that when we became simpler, it was easier to live our lives more fully. Today we live as simply as we can because simplicity truly gives us joy.

Ege Erim & Begüm Başoğlu

Photo: Tanla Özuzun